Most of us have fairly average proportions. By being aware of how different tones work, we can make our clothes enhance the way we look.
The basic principles of sculpting with tone are:
- Dark colours absorb light – visually receding (shrinking)
- Light colours reflect light – visually advancing (enlarging)
Therefore, people with very slim figures can wear all light coloured outfits with no problem – in fact those who feel they are too thin will find that light colours help to give them volume.
The rest of us know how wearing black outfits visibly ‘shrinks’ our outline – great for ‘feeling fat’ days! But some people are convinced that they can’t wear black for various reasons. I believe everyone can wear black to great effect with a little planning.
Redheads always look great in black – simply because they have enough natural colour above the neckline to carry it off effortlessly – warm hair & skin tone, green or blue eyes, possibly freckles & rosy cheeks. It is often a favourite colour of redheads as it is a perfect foil for their natural palette.
Those of us without the advantage of an interesting natural colour scheme don’t need to be left out:
- Eyebrows – if you have indeterminate eyebrows get them tinted and shaped
- Eye Make-up – a little more pronounced than you would normally wear – experiment with eye shadow colours.
- A little blusher – always flattering to give your face definition.
- Highlight brow bones & cheekbones.
Using these hints, you can wear black when you choose, looking glamorous and not dowdy (and a size smaller too!)