Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I have an outfit to share with you. But more than showing you pieces of clothing, I’d like to share with you how and why I put this combo together. Also this is a non-jeans outfit, so there’s that. I know many of my readers like to see more outfits with other options besides jeans. But you could absolutely duplicate this look and these principles with jeans. Let’s get started!
I’m wearing my navy J.Jill ponte pants here. You may have already seen these ponte pants in this recent post. There I styled them with a pale lavender sweater. That was a beautiful outfit, but today I’m styling one with low contrast in intensity.
An outfit low in contrast in intensity looks very cohesive and is easy on the eyes. It can also be more slimming. To learn more about the principles of contrast in intensity and how they work, I suggest you check out this blog post from last year.
When you’re considering how much contrast in intensity you want your own outfits to have, the main thing to think about is your own contrast in intensity. Take into account the intensity of color or shading in your hair, skin and eyes. Now consider whether the intensity level in those three things contrast greatly or just a little.
For instance, I have pale green eyes, light skin and light grey-blonde hair. I have low intensity in all three of those areas. So my personal contrast in intensity between those three physical features is low. Thus, I look best in outfits where the contrast in intensity is also low throughout the elements of the outfit. Whether those pieces are dark or medium or light doesn’t matter as much. The contrast between them is more of the essence.
So especially when I choose to wear a dark colored top or sweater, I try also to wear darker pants and shoes, too. For me it doesn’t seem to matter as much when I wear lighter colored tops. I can still wear dark pants with those, as I did in my previous post with these navy ponte pants. But when I wear something with dark intensity up top, I look better if I’m also wearing darker clothing below.
I find that working with contrast in intensity is actually more important than choosing which colors to wear. You might play around with these principles, too, and see if perhaps you can wear colors you once ruled out simply by wearing an outfit that reflects your own personal contrast in intensity.
Be sure to check out that previous post, where I explained it in more detail. But if you have medium contrast in intensity between your eyes, hair and skin, then you’ll look great in outfits with medium contrast. And if you have high contrast in intensity between your eyes, hair and skin, you’ll look beautiful in outfits like white pants and a dark pink top and black shoes. Make sense?
These principles affect your choices in jewelry, too. If, like me, you have low contrast in intensity, you’ll probably look best in jewelry that is cohesive. Maybe all gold or all silver. But if you have high contrast in intensity, you’ll really shine with colorful, bold statement jewelry accenting your outfit. Does that make sense?
And of course, this factors in with your makeup, too. I look best when I keep the shading in my makeup subtle and muted. My Estee Lauder Rebellious Rose lipstick is about as intense as I get! A great makeup tip I learned years ago is to only make either your eye makeup intense or your lip color, but not both at the same time. If you emphasize your eyes, wear a nude or pale lip color. Or if you keep your eye makeup a little more natural, wear a more intense color on your lips. I think this little “rule” becomes even more important when you have low contrast in intensity in your personal attributes.
By the way, my deep chocolate brown v-neck drop shoulder sweater is currently 40% off with code LAYERUP. Or purchase three or more items, use the same code and get 50% off. It’s also available in a much lighter creamy porcelain beige. I love the drape and the weight of this slightly cropped sweater. It’s just the right length for me to leave it untucked and still achieve those flattering proportions.
My ponte slim pants also come in a beautiful soft mocha shade that would be beautiful with this sweater…if you like to wear outfits with higher contrast in intensity. They are such nice pants if you like to wear other things than jeans but still feel casual and comfortable.
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