Hello, Darlings! Part 2 in my series on prints, today’s topic is Choosing A Print- Think Level Of Contrast. Are you drawn towards certain prints and find that for some reason they don’t work on you? I have had this problem and have made many mistakes that end up being unworn clothing just taking up real estate in my closet.
Choosing A Print- Think Level Of Contrast
First- Know Your Dominant Color Code
Some people know what colors look good on them. Many have even been color analyzed in a tonal or seasonal color system. I have learned that even though I have been seasonal analyzed as a Winter, not all the Winter colors work for me. So I have gone to a more Dominant Color Code, focusing on the one tonal color code that works best or is the strongest.
Using the Dominant Color Code System, you must look at hair, skin, and eyes. Hair is important because it is such a feature. Many women change their hair coloring, so your Dominant Color Code can change, especially if you go gray.
Chosing A Print- Think Level Of Contrast
Below is a list of the Dominant Color Codes and their level of contrast. Use this guide to help you in selecting a print that will work for your coloring.
Using Dominant Color Code To Chose Prints
- Light Color Code– Light blonde hair with fair skin, usually light eyes. Can be brown hair with very fair skin. Pastels look amazing. Chose prints with medium to high contrast
- Deep Color Code– Dark hair, medium skin tone, dark eyes. Jewel tones colors are their go-to. Low to medium contrast prints will work the best
- Cool Color Code– Gray, silver, and “salt & pepper” ladies ROCK this color code. Look at this color code is you have been seasonal analyzed as a Summer. You look amazing in blues, pinks, and purples. Can wear medium to high contrast prints.
- Warm Color Code– Red heads, strawberry blondes, and ladies with golden red highlights. Eye color and skin tones can vary. All the colors in the spice rack look amazing on her. Low to medium contrast in prints. If you have been seasonally analyzied as an Autumn, this may be your code
- Soft Color Code-Medium color blondes or light to medium brown hair. Skin tone is light to medium, and eyes are the same. Very soft, gentle, and mellow colors will make you look amazing. Lots of colors to choose from, it is all about the intensity. Low contrast prints accentuate a Soft Color Code’s beauty.
- Clear Color Code– Think “Snow White”! Dark hair with light color skin. African women with very dark hair and skin will also fall into the Clear Color Code because they need to contrast. High contrast prints look FABULOUS on these ladies.
Head To Toe Approach To Dressing
The idea is to mimic the amount of contrast between your hair, skin, and eyes down onto your clothing. If your color code has a higher contrast, you will want to choose a print that is high contrast. The reverse is true for someone who is a Soft Color Code, choose a print that is more muted or softer.
Dominant Light- Look For Medium To High Contrast Print
Dominant Deep- Look For Medium To Low Contrast Print
Dominant Cool – Choose A Print With Medium To High Contrast
Dominant Warm-Look For Prints That Are Low To Medium Contrast
Dominant Soft- Look For Prints That Are More Muted With Low Contrast
Dominant Clear- You Need High Contrast Prints
When looking for prints for someone who is Dominant Clear, the easiest prints are those with a background of white, black, or navy.
Everyone Has An Animal Print
Everyone has an animal print, but not all animal prints look best on everyone. Your “best” animal print will be determined by your Dominant Color Code.
Animal Print For Light
Cheetah Print For Deep
Animal Print For Cool
Animal Print For Warm
Animal Print For Soft
Zebra For Clear
Color Rules When Choosing Prints
A good “Rule Of Thumb” when choosing a print is that the majority of the colors need to be in your color code. The background color must be in your color code. The more colors in a print, the less contrast. Many prints can be worn for multiple color codes. Also, you may not have a “dominant” color code and can wear multiple. For example, if you were color analyzed as a Winter, you may be able to wear cool, clear, and deep colors.
This is where it is good to experiment, try on different pieces, take a selfie and analyze. Decide why or why not something is working for you. It may be personal preference or you may realize you do favor one color code over another. Make sure you put together the outfit in totality- including makeup and accessories. Seeing the “whole” pictures really help to understand better.
Don’t Forget Body Type Rules When Choosing Prints
This is when you want to look at necklines and other details such as sleeve length, buttons, and gatherings. Also style and length of the shirt. For example, someone who is a b Body Shape or Apple will want a top that is longer and covers their belly. While someone who is a d Body Shape or Pear wants to make sure the top stops before the widest part of their body, usually the hips.
It is important that the tops are NOT too small. Ladies, no one will know your size unless you tell them! Plus, manufacturers sizing is all over the place. So, get a top that fits properly or be prepared to alter. If it doesn’t fit and you will not alter- DO NOT BUY!!!!
Choosing A Print- Remember STAR STYLE
STAR STYLE is taking into account height and weight when looking at proportion. The three STAR STYLES are GLAMOUR GIRL, MOVIE STAR, and ROCK STAR. If you are NOT at your ideal weight you can move up in STAR STYLE. More about STAR STYLE check out my blog post DRESSING YOUR STAR STYLE
Lots To Think About
No wonder prints are so hard. So much to think about and so much to take into consideration. But if you get it right, your prints should be able to go with many of the items in your closet (because they are in your color code). So mixing and matching will be a breeze. Prints are powerful, they can make you look slimmer. Part 3 in my print series will be the Power Of Prints!