Use Colour to Your Advantage.

Colour has the ability to increase or decrease body size. How you coordinate the colours you wear will make you appear taller or shorter, fuller figured or more slender. If you combine colours that slim the body with colour co-ordination that increases apparent height you’ll have doubled your slimming power.

spaghetti straps with yellow jacket

spaghetti straps with yellow jacket

Light and / or bright colours appear to advance and will make the area they have been applied to appear larger. Dark colours appear to recede into the distance causing the area they have been applied to appear smaller. Medium depth colours neither appear to advance or recede.

chiffon layer blouse pink

chiffon layer blouse pink

Colours can also give the illusion of having a weight of their own. Darker colours appear to weigh more than light colours and as a result an outfit can look more balanced when a dark colour worn on the lower half of the body.ndg109-3

A light colour worn on the upper body will also draw attention upward increasing apparent height and decreasing apparent height.