Maybe you’ve reverted to wearing only solid colors because, well, prints can be tricky. We’d like to help take some of the confusion out of why different kinds of prints are flattering on different people.
Just like being able to choose suitable colors and color combinations, being pattern-savvy isn’t just about trends and personal taste: there’s also a science to it. We started in Part 1 with looking at how they generally affect those of different heights.
Prints to Minimize Well-Rounded Parts
Whether it’s your hips or your bust that’s proportionately larger, the basic idea is the same: you want to visually minimize that area. For pear-shaped bodies with larger hips, you want to keep any patterns on your bottom half small in scale. To help balance out your appearance, you can also pair that dark, solid-colored (or subtly patterned) bottom with a brightly colored top — perhaps one with a large-scale pattern such as classic horizontal stripes.
By contrast, if you have a larger bust and have an apple-shaped body, you want to highlight your hips. You can do that by pairing a dark, solid-colored top with brighter or lighter bottoms, possibly with a large-scale pattern. A skirt with horizontal stripes might also work well for you, and if you do decide to wear a patterned top, be sure to go with a small or very subtle print.
Color & Contrast and What They Mean for Prints
Choosing prints isn’t just about making your body appear to be a different size or shape than it really is. There are three basic principles relating to prints that you should always keep in mind, and the first is color and contrast. This relates to your personal coloring; depending on your skin tone and hair and eye color, certain colors will make you appear vibrant and healthy, while others will make you appear tired, washed out, or older than you really are. Most women have an idea of which colors look best on them, but often they fail to consider the issue of contrast.
If you have a very light complexion but dark brown hair, you have high contrast; if you have blond hair and a medium complexion or both a dark skin tone and dark hair, you would have low contrast. If you have medium brown hair or dark blond hair, you’re probably somewhere in between. Depending on the amount of contrast that your appearance has, you want to essentially mimic that amount of contrast in the patterns that you wear. A print with a high-value contrast might be black and white, whereas one with low-value contrast would have a far more subtle difference in color contrast. The prints themselves also vary in intensity, from bold and dramatic, high-value prints to more low-key, low-value prints.
In Part 3, we’ll take a look at two more principles relating to print choices.
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