Large and tall women especially can benefit from remarkable options available to help develop a flattering look. Today we have color, pattern, fabric and style, at our disposal.
So, here we go…
What are the rules? The broad answer is, there are no rules. Or should I say, there have grown more exceptions to the rules than the rules themselves.
Neutral colors are those colors which will not clash with anything. These colors are traditionally, black, white, grey, beige, blue (is now being used as a neutral color), ivory, taupe, and apparently, orange is the new black (no, it’s not just a T.V. series).
Pastels as defined by Google are colors, when described in the HSV color space that have high value and low to intermediate saturation. In other words, they look faded or lighter than other colors. The name comes from pastels, chalk used in art, which absorbs color in a certain way.
Pastels are in contrast to bold colors which are dyed in a manner and to fabrics that through their absorption create intense colors. Pure cotton, silk, and synthetics like polyester can give you bold colors. Wool, and linen, because of the coarseness of their fiber will tend to give you softer looks.
You will always be safe combining neutrals together or with pastel or a bold colors.
However, if you wish to be a little—or very daring, this year’s fashions allow that too.
Certain themes have arisen. First, dressing in one solid color (sadly, I think politically motivated) is very in. The important thing is to make sure that all the colors from shirt, pants, jacket, dress or skirt are spot on the same color.
There is also a strong influence in ethnic, tribal or clan color matching. These tend to be bright color combinations introduced through classic tie dying or batik techniques. Darfur and the horror of its atrocities, are but a faint geopolitical memory now, but I was surprised, as I watched the news reports, at how beautiful the women’s clothes were. Soft cottons dyed with powerful greens and yellows or pinks, reds and oranges, all swirling into wonderful combinations. And this is what I am also seeing on the fashion runways.
Tribal colors are influenced by several factors both practical and esthetic. Each color combination and pattern helps to distinguish members from different tribes. This function for coloring is important for close up encounters, but also to recognize friend or foe from a distance. Hence, bright or dark colors, depending on the terrain, not only help to distinguish an individual from his surroundings, but also determine his welcome. Texture and fiber of the cloth influence the absorption of color, and therefore, the use of color. Local dyes greatly dictated what colors could be used and last--esthetics. We are nothing if not creative beings. The results are color combinations that will not follow the color wheel. In many of the fashions on my Pinterest page, I can already hear you say, “I would never have put those together.” In fact, no one in 21th century western or eastern Europe would probably have put these colors together. But together they are, and surprisingly work.