Like Yin and Yang: If You Attend a Party Together
Before the holidays, there are so much pleasant troubles with choosing nice gifts and organization of the festivities that pretty often a suit color scheme solution for your spouse recedes into the background. The question of how you will look together isn’t considered either. So this will be the question I’m going to ask.
– Are you going to look like a whole, like a couple, or just like a man and a woman who met accidentally at a party?
The same rules work in the style of image creation as in life: HE and SHE are a couple only in case they really suit each other. That means they complete, harmony, look like one, don’t contradict each other regarding style, color scheme, proportions.
You can argue and even become indignant, saying that you know examples of couples with differences in height and color, with stylistic independence. Maybe, there’s something you don’t know about them? Or they are not the couple who like “two shoes”, as the left and right, as yin and yang, like Romeo and Juliet, like Master and Margarita… Only a thing creating together something more than the simple sum of two principles, but create a harmony, which is in fact reflected in the external manifestations, including an ordinary suit. Well, let’s talk about psychology and metaphysics next time. So I will not deceive your expectations and suggest to start with a few ways of creating visual harmony within your couple (hoping that it will become a little bridge between your deep personality aspects than just eyes or hair color).
In some it comes naturally, without special effort, as HE and SHE look like each other as close relatives. For example, both are fair, chubby, squat or vice versa – both are tall, dark-haired, thin in dice. And what if he is dark, and she is blonde? He is tall and thin, and she is short and plump? Let’s start with the most visible things – colors, or rather let’s determine appearance contrast.
Contrast is a distinct diversity of light elements in some individual components: hair, skin, eyes, eyebrows, eyelashes. It can be of high, medium, low and very low levels. The less light contrast is, the smaller should be light difference between color parts of a costume. And vice versa: the more contrast appearance is, the wider range from light to dark colors can be used.
Take a look at color layout in terms of the light degree. Yellow is marked maximum, and blue, which is opposed to it, has a minimum of light.
People with high level of contrast (as black and white photos, as graphic design) often have a very catchy appearance – hair and skin colors are very different, contrasting each other: light skin and dark hair, dark or bright blue, sky-blue expressive eyes.
The darker hair and lighter skin are, the higher contrast of the image is. They can look very harmonious in black suit or dress combined with a white blouse or white details. In the bright, saturated color things they will be just flirting like jewels in a frame.
Representatives of the medium contrast have a softer hair color (of gray or reddish hue), eyes may be muted of shade with fair skin. Basic achromatic colors for this type are black and dark gray.
Such as variants black + blue-gray, white + dark gray or dark blue will look harmonically. Bright colors make a good use of small areas in scarves, tops, shoes, bags.
People with low contrast are blondes with blue or gray, light green eyes. In order not to lose their image it is better to decide something in light colors and their combinations.
Sparkling and deep black is quite difficult and is for those who don’t like to tell their age. If it is a black dress, then neutral neckline zone is the solution.
Very low contrast is a very rare thing.
For these angel-looking appearances I would advise to choose soft gray, beige, white, and other delicate colors.
If partners have different contrast, then we have two options to link their overall image into one: reduce high contrast or increase another’s contrast by clothing color.
In this case, consider the compatibility between colors costumes partners.
If contrast is the same, the choice man’s suit color may depend on the color of woman’s eyes.
If this is too complicated, decide upon achromatic version, taking into account your degree of contrast.
I warn all women: don’t repeat colors of man’s suit if they are not yours. A bad example is Melanie Griffith, who came to choosing a dress without imagination and looked older than Antonio. Perhaps a real situation in the relationship was reflected and unconsciously expressed in the color dissonance of female image. Unnatural combination meant that they were not a couple.
If this is an official event (“black tie dress-code) and man’s choice is limited to “black and white image” option, woman has a wining solution – to pick up a dress of her eyes color.
If the dress-code is not that severe, then use this example.
Tie color and a whole image color of Hugh Jackman’s suit were determined by his wife’s, Debore Lee Furness, eye color. The boa of the same color as Hugh’s tie with a metallic luster looks nice. Due to a softer texture, color seems gentle and feminine, and the complete color duo presents interesting and, most importantly, not boring decision. I hope this is not so much professional work of stylists but real romantic relationships, so subtly reflected in the costumes of the stars. In any case, hats off…
I’m waiting for your questions and comments if you are interested in harmony of relations and colors in your couple’s image!
And it will be always continued… 🙂
With love, S.Brusylovska