How do you know if your contrast is working?
If your outfit focal points are in the right places for you?
Or if you’re wearing your outfit, rather than your clothes wearing you?
There is a simple way to do it, and it takes, literally, 3 seconds! It’s called The Blink Test.
How to Do the Blink Test
Totally simple in just 4 steps:
- Stand in front of a mirror
- Close your eyes
- Clear your mind (do you smell popcorn?)
- Open your eyes and try to focus on your face – notice where your attention is drawn to in your outfit.
Is your attention drawn to your face or to a part of your body? Is there a balance between outfit and your face and features?
Is that good or not so great? As in – is it a part of your body you’re happy to have attention drawn to, or would you rather nobody noticed where your attention is being drawn?
Does the outfit look in harmony (your outfit is an extension of your natural features) or does it look at odds?
Consider all the elements of the style puzzle:
Here, for example, is Meghan Markle in two hats – you’ll notice that the one on the left grabs attention away from her face (yep you just want to look at her hat), whilst the one on the right is not drawing attention in the same way and feels in harmony with her face.
The colour of the outfit on the left is also less flattering (and is washing her out as it’s too cool for her warm colouring), whilst the one on the right feels at home.
Another example – let’s consider scale:
Proportion and scale of the collars of each of these coats. In the one on the left with the very large scale collar, her face and body look particularly petite and she appears engulfed in her coat, while in the coat on the right – she’s wearing the coat, rather than the coat wearing her.
Fashion models on the catwalk and in the pages of magazines are styled so that clothes are the focus – because that’s about selling clothing and making them the star. But for us, we want our clothing to be an extension of ourselves, our personality and look in harmony and balance with us – we are the stars rather than the clothing.
What if you have a more colourful or creative style? Here are some examples that show that you can still wear a fabulous and fun outfit – and yet you wear the clothing as it’s in harmony with you:
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Samantha from Fake Fabulous (who you met here) has a high colour contrast and needs those colours to make her outfits look in harmony with her colouring.
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Mrs Maya Plays (who you met here) works with her high colour contrast so well and her dramatic clothing matches her dramatic personality and makeup.
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Another example of someone who dresses in a creative manner that reflects her style is Suzanne Dekyvere, a friend and colleague – her textured hair works with textured elements of her outfit and the colours harmonise with her colouring.
There is no need to opt for boring or bland if your style is more dramatic. It’s always about working with your natural features and enhancing them through your clothing and accessory choices.
Even if you prefer a more subtle style like Brenda Kinsel (who you can also read more about her approach to style here) – shows that when everything’s in balance – outfits don’t have to be boring or dull.
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