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
I created interest in this column by pairing 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.
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Do you use column dressing to look taller?
Have you experimented with adding a pattern and texture?
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