Running out of options every time you try to dress up for an event or party? Or maybe you’re looking for the perfect blouse to wear to your Skype date or with your saree. Whatever the case, finding a blouse that goes with your contrast can be difficult. So, you might ask “how do I choose a blouse for my contrast?”
What kind of blouse will look best with your contrast depends on whether you are monochromatic or low contrast, analogous or medium contrast, or complementary or high contrast. As a general rule of thumb, it’s best to go along with your contrast. If you are monochromatic, you will look good in almost monochromatic or solid-color blouses.
Dressing according to your contrast can be a little tough, especially since a lot of people have a hard time figuring out their contrast. But once you get the hang of it, you can do it pretty easily. Just follow this guide to figure out which blouse will look best on you.
Determining Your Contrast
For people unfamiliar with color theory, things like contrast and complementary colors, etc. can be a little hard to grasp. If you didn’t notice before, like all things you have a contrast ratio or contrast value too.
Contrast specifically refers to the natural difference (or lack thereof) in the colors of your skin, hair, and eyes. Your very own natural, color palette. Though people have a much more varied range of skin tones and contrast palettes, they can usually be divided into 3 different levels or categories.
As the name suggests, monochromatic contrasts or low/muted contrasts refer to a cohesive and similar color range within skin, hair, and eyes. People with this contrast have a hair color that is very similar to their skin tone, and even eye color.
For example, someone with blonde hair and light skin would fall under this category. Or someone with dark skin tone and dark hair along with dark brown eyes or black eyes as well. There is not a lot of contrast between the colors that naturally make up monochromatic contrast people.
This one refers to the people with medium contrast in their physical appearance. Maybe they have similar colored eyes and hair, but a different color skin tone. There may be a contrast between certain parts, but not others. So, they fall under a medium-contrast range.
This might include people with blonde hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. Or perhaps someone with brown hair and brown eyes but pale, light skin.
Complementary contrast or high contrast refers to people with a color palette with complementary colors on the color wheel. This includes people with dark hair but light skin. Or someone with a bold hair color like blue or pink and a much lighter skin tone. If you look at the color wheel, you will see their colors are on opposite ends. Hence the name.
As you can see, it’s pretty intuitive to classify yourself into a contrast group. This is much easier than finding out your undertones or a foundation match, for instance. You just check whether the colors you see in the mirror have a lot of contrast or are made up of similar tones. That’s it. Once you have this done, you’re on your way to creating an outfit that suits your contrast.
Choosing the Right Blouse for Your Contrast
Figuring out your contrast was the easy part. Finding blouses or whole outfits that look good on you is a little harder. Because often we do not have a cohesive color or tone all across our bodies. Maybe your face is a little lighter or your hands a little darker. Or maybe you have tattoos which make for even more contrast.
So, while certain rules should work for you, and make you look aesthetic to the eyes, remember that these are just tips and you should dress however you want to. Don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to these colors, just because you are a certain contrast.
Having said that, wearing colors that complement your physical appearance looks very pleasing to the eye and gives off an overall good impression. Though the details and intricacies of clothes are varied, from a distance the color is the first that pops up. So, with just a little effort, you can look very polished without spending a ton of money on the latest fashion fad.
An easy rule to remember is to dress like your category. This means monochromatic contrast people will look good in monochromatic blouses and complementary contrast people will look good in complementary colors
Ideas for Low Contrast
Daring color schemes like blue and orange or purple and yellow which are very bright can be surprisingly easy to pull off for people with low color contrast.
This is because the cohesive color palette in their skin, hair, and eyes is contrasted with bright, bold colors and makes the face pop up more.
Ideas for Medium Contrast
Perhaps the widest range of options is available for those with medium contrast. They can play around with colors from both ends of the spectrum and chances are they will find great results.
If you are more on the analogous side, you can opt for blouses that have colors close together on the color wheel. Maybe a violet blouse with red collars, or a green one with blue borders or maybe even a yellow and orange ombre blouse. These will heavily enhance people with maybe auburn hair and brown eyes.
Medium contrast people can also keep in mind the color of their eyes and try to bring those out. Blue eyes look great with orange, red, bronze, or warmer colors. Pink, silver, purple, and gold are all great options for people with brown eyes.
Ideas for High Contrast
If you have a high color contrast, the easiest way to bring attention to your face is to wear a blouse with a high contrast pattern or color scheme as well. For lighter skins you can try out a dark blue or black blouse with white polka dots for contrast. This looks bold and beautiful, and the contrast makes your skin stand out.
For more darker skins, a white satin blouse, with dark blue borders can look absolutely stunning as well. The key is to bring out the natural features and enhance your beauty.
There is a whole range of options and combinations for you to choose, no matter which contrast you fall under. What is important is that you experiment and check things to see if it works for you. These are just general guidelines, and everyone has a different experience.
These are just guidelines and you do not need to be too strict in choosing a color. Knowing your personal style and what looks good on you, makes you look presentable and chic at every event.
Though it might seem intimidating at first, especially if you just started caring about how you dress. But you will get better with practice. The more you experiment with the color wheel and your contrast, the better you will begin to understand which colors accentuate your features. And before you know it, you will be able to choose the perfect blouse without even thinking.
So next time you are looking into your closet in dismay and yelling out “Ugh, how do I choose a blouse for my contrast?”, Google a color wheel and choose a color scheme that goes with your contrast. Chances are there is at least one blouse in the color you are looking for, hiding somewhere in the closet. Get that one out, put on some flattering pants and you’re good to go.
Thanks for reading my little article. I hope it was of help to you in choosing the perfect blouse for yourself.