I like to think of style rules as someone else’s idea of how you should dress. Style formulas, on the other hand, are proportion and color principles that can help you achieve the look you’re going for. Column dressing is just one of the formulas you can use to look taller and slimmer. Wearing one color head to toe creates a verticle line that leads the eye up and down, giving the illusion of height.
The colors don’t need to match exactly to get the effect and it’s fun to incorporate texture and pattern into the mix. Here are some other tips to look taller. Today’s look started with this silk blend crew neck sweater that LilySilk sent me to style for you. It’s available in four neutrals, both warm and cool. I opted for pale gray because I already own a lot of gray accessories.
I created interest in this column by pairing the sweater with pants in a tiny black and white houndstooth that appears gray. Seen together, the sweater and pants have a similar intensity.I chose slightly darker gray suede flats to add some subtle texture. Nude shoes help you look tallest, especially if you can wear a heel, but for me, flats are most comfy when I’m running errands and spending long hours on my feet.
It’s fun to add a pop of color to a neutral outfit, but be aware that it stops the eye from moving up your silhouette. The vertical line is interrupted by the contrasting color so you loose that lengthening effect. I added a patterned tote in a mixture of grays to tie things together.
High crew necks are not the most flattering with my broad shoulders so I added a gray patterned scarf to create a soft drape at the neckline. This outfit is one of the reasons I am shopping for paler fedora’s this winter. This black hat coordinates but a pale gray hat would lengthen my look even more.
Lilysilk is a great place to shop for holiday gifts. I love these silk pillowcases. They’re all I sleep on now because they’re so gentle on your complexion and hair! They are currently 40% off and right now, Lilysilk is generously offering my readers an extra 12% off everything with the coupon code awellstyledlife. They have very fast and free shipping over $50 so you can get everything in time for the holidays.
Do you use column dressing to look taller?
Have you experimented with adding a pattern and texture?
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