Have you ever worn something that looked great on your friend but it just doesn’t quite work on you? I think we all have experienced that. It might be the level of contrast.
Take a good look in the mirror. If you have light hair and fair skin with light colored eyes, you have low contrast. However, if your hair is dark and you have dark eyes with light skin, your contrast level is high. Another consideration is your level of intensity. Even though your coloring might be low intensity, you might be able to increase the color contrast without overpowering your natural presence.
Your contrast level dictates the level of contrast that will be most attractive for you. If you have low contrast, wearing something with high contrast can just be too much. One will see the garment coming before they realize it is you wearing it!
Notice how attractive this blond model looks in the low contrast dress and jacket. It perfectly supports her soft coloring so that the entire image is seen. The model wearing the pink dress is medium low contrast. Her hair is medium-light but this medium shade of pink beautifully supports her natural presence.
Now look at the models wearing black. The model with black and gray appears to be more reserved so the black and gray work well with her natural color contrast. Notice the model wearing the black and white combination. Although we cannot see her entire face, her body language indicates that she is confident and has a strong presence. She beautifully carries off this black and white ensemble. A black and white combination has the strongest color contrast.
When you have determined your color contrast, here is an easy way to check to see if your color contrast is right for you. Look in the mirror when you put on something that you think might be too bright. Close your eyes for a moment and then reopen them. If the first thing you see is the color, it is too strong a contrast. Your eye should see you and the garment just as with these models.
Happy “blink testing”!