The most slimming way to dress is a “column of color” – one color (or closely related colors) head to toe – a suit, pantsuit, matched pant and sweater , etc. Adding accent color tops under that jacket, or accent layers over the pant and shell keeps the look fresh and varied.
The colors you choose for this head-to-toe effect need to be about the same color value as your facial color pattern.
“Value” is the light/dark dimension of color. Every face can be described by its relative light/dark characteristics. Here are 5 examples, arranged from lightest to darkest, taking skin, hair and eye colors into consideration:
Similarly, every color has a value, just like you see here:
When you wear a large amount of a color that’s significantly lighter or darker than your own color value, it looks as if your head is floating separate from your body. You want a look that is one unified whole – not a look with a separate head.
The woman below is beautiful, and both garments are striking. But can you see that “floating head” effect when she wears the blush dress? The dark, sequined dress balances to the stronger color value of her hair and eyes – making it the more flattering choice.
SIDE NOTE: While we’re looking at this example, observe how the side-parted hairstyle puts all the attention on her eyes, while the center-parted ‘do puts focus on her forehead and nose. What a difference! And no, I have no explanation for the sparkly green shoes. Who want to make their feet a focal point?
What items in your own closet balance well with your personal color value?