You probably know our skin, hair and eye colour should determine the clothing and makeup colours we choose. Likewise our body structure determines our best clothing shape, scale and proportion. Often you won’t see what is best suited to you because it can be obscured by insecurities from the past. People tend to concentrate on their figure faults and rarely appreciate their good points.
A good figure is more a matter of visual proportion and balance than height or weight. You maybe saying that is all very well but, how do I achieve this? Well, the illusion of perfection can be achieved by finding clothing styles that that emphasise good points and camouflage problem areas.
We can make the eye see anything we want it to see with clever use of lines, design and colour.
There are three basic rules to follow the first is horizontal lines will make something appear wider, vertical lines will make it appear longer. So for example if you have narrow shoulders and wide hips, you want to create horizontal emphasis at your shoulders and vertical emphasis on your hips. This can be in the form of zips, rows of buttons, necklines, pockets, or anything that creates lines.
The second rule is scale. In the simplest terms how big or how small we look will be determined by what we surround ourselves with. You may live in a large six bedroom house, but put it next to Buckingham Palace and your house becomes small. Likewise if you have a larger frame and you wear small patterns, carry small bags and use petite accessories you are doing yourself no favours.
The third rule is colour, a few basic things to remember here. The first is you should be wearing your colours they should not be wearing you. You have all met the lady in the red coat, other than the coat there is nothing else you can remember about her? Well that coat was wearing her. Let yourself shine not your clothes.
Also remember the eye will always be drawn to the lightest and brightest part of you. So if you have great ankles, wear fab bright shoes, if you have a tummy larger than you would like it to be but love your boobs, wear a bright necklace that takes the eye where you want it to go.