Black and white patterns are everywhere this season. However, with the extreme value contrast, it can be hard to see through the clothes to the person wearing them. Here are few tips on how to put the focus where it should be … on you.
Color – What’s your best color? The colors that have been given to you from birth, of course. If you have black hair or white hair, black and white clothing will enhance your hair color by repetition. If your hair is another color, it may get lost in the drama of black and white. Does that mean, you cannot wear this trend if you are a blonde, for example? Absolutely not! But in order to keep the focus on you, and not your clothing, you need to add a bit of “you” to the outfit, (see option A). Wear a belt and shoes that match your hair coloring, (option C). Try a scarf or necklace and earrings that match the color of your eyes, (option B).
Pattern – The size of the pattern should correspond with the size of the figure. A fuller figured person can wear a larger pattern, (option A). A small pattern on that same person, however could accentuate her size due to the strong contrast. A petite figure can expect to look great in medium to small prints, (option C). However, large black and white flowers on a dress will drown out her petite figure.
Texture – The weight of the fabric is one of those details that can make or break the statement you are trying to make. Aim for fabrics that are lighter weight for petites, (option C), and firmer for larger frames, (option A).
Choosing the right clothing can be simple. Consider who you are….your personal coloring and figure type, then choose the color, pattern, and texture to match. Love wearing black and white? Great! Now you can make sure they see beyond the clothes to you.