Last week I challenged each participant in my VIRTUAL Style School to put together an outfit demonstrating a technique they had learned in the class thus far. This class member realized that her dress color was too pale to balance her stronger personal color pattern. Any of the deeper colors swatched along the left side of the image would be better.
But she greatly elevated the look by adding a narrow black belt and black footwear. By repeating her very dark hair color at intervals through the outfit she kept the viewer’s eye moving up and down her silhouette (Panel 1).
The narrow belt was an ideal choice given her relatively short torso. See how the wider one I simulated in the Panel 2 image makes her look awkwardly short-waisted?
We also touched up the photo to show the impact of having the skirt tapered. See how the wider hemline (Panel 1) makes your attention go side-to-side across the bottom of the skirt. In the far-right image the narrower skirt elongates and polishes the entire look. The dark lines are added to to the image to differentiate the skirt edges from the similar color of the wall.
What items in your closet could you improve with simple updates like these? And what other tricks could you pick up by joining an upcoming VIRTUAL Style School group? See new dates HERE.