The colors you choose to wear can make a big difference not only for your skin tone, but for your waist. Choose the wrong color and you could add extra pounds to your frame – which is something that I am sure we all wish to avoid!! Choosing flattering tones and colors can help you look instantly slim – and help your skin tone shine.
Let’s start with the universally flattering color we are all familiar with: Black. I love the color black, especially in my wardrobe – much to my husband’s dismay. The first reason I love it and own so much of it, is because black always looks chic- regardless of the outfit. Put two of the same outfits side by side but with a white and black top, and hands down the black top will look more put together. The second reason I love black is because of its magical slimming powers. Why is black so slimming? Unlike other colors, black does not reflect light – so it does not create shadows and project reflections where your body curves or when it wrinkles. It does a great job of hiding lumps and bulges while looking chic. A small warning – black will lose some of its slimming powers when wearing lycra, spandex and sequins, as these materials do have light reflecting characteristics. Where black from head to toe – you create the ultra slimming look because your outfit becomes one long vertical line. See Reese’s photo below. Don’t forget that one of the sexiest items, every woman should have hanging in their closet is The Little Black Dress.
Sick of Black? This next color can have the same slimming effect of black, but with a pop of color. Eggplant is a great color to add to your wardrobe. It is as versatile as black, but falls in the middle of the color spectrum so it is not too warm or too cold. It is also a great color to pair with black because it is dark enough so that when paired with black there is not a stark contrast – which can chop your body in half, making you look shorter.
True Red is the next color that is extremely flattering. Next to black, red is one of the most powerful colors you can wear. Red demands attention and when you wear it people pay attention. There are a lot of shades of red – each of which complement different skin tones, but if you stick to a true red – which falls in the middle of the spectrum, you will find it flatters your skin tone and body. Embrace the power of a true red!
Navy is another great color because it has the slimming power of black, but without actually being black. It looks just as chic and is completely versatile. I think it also looks better than black when paired with light neutral colors like white, cream and tan because it is softer, so the contrast is not as stark.
Adding these colors to your wardrobe will help you create outfits that will slim your body and will also flatter your skin tones. Monotone outfits (all one color) can be the ultimate slimming choice because they create one long vertical line from the shoulders down to the feet. Monotone does not have to be boring though – add in a fun, vibrant necklace, earrings or a great pair of colorful pumps. You can also mix and match these slimming colors together to create the feeling of a monotone outfit, without going with just one color. Together they will not only complement your figure, but will help brighten your skin tone.
The last thing to remember is to only wear colors that you feel confident in. I know I have said this before, but the best stylist in the world can tell you what looks best on you, but if you do not feel comfortable and confident, their advice won’t matter. You need to feel good in the outfit you are wearing for it to truly look the best. If you don’t feel comfortable or confident, people will see that. Carry yourself with confidence and you will look flawless in every outfit you put on!