Column colour…what is it?

Column colour…what is it?

Hello- hope you have had a good week?

Todays’ blog is some colour inspiration for you in the form of Column Colours…The theory is that dressing in one colour or similar shades from top to toe is very slimming as the body is not being broken up by colour changes. A column of colour not only helps balance imperfections but it also elongates the frame; giving a leaner silhouette. The Queen is ‘the queen’ of the column of colour; we rarely see her  in black (state occasions and funerals only) and there’s nothing stopping you from doing a column of red or blue or green or yellow this summer.

Image c/o The Sunday Times Style

I know you will be thinking “But black is so slimming”…. and my answer would be “but so is navy and charcoal and chocolate brown! For most of you these shades will be a lot kinder on your skin tone…so why stick to just wearing black when you want to look slimmer?

Brighter colours can also be so striking – particularly in the warmer months and there are so many brightly coloured trouser suits this season, a perfect choice for a formal occasion such as a wedding- particularly if you don’t enjoy wearing dresses. And they’re versatile too because each piece can be worn separately to create different outfits.


Another way of achieving a column of colour is to wear the same shade in your top and bottoms and then add a contrasting or tonal jacket over the top. So for example, a column of navy blue with a stunning yellow blazer. The dark silhouette underneath serves to elongate your frame and the bright coloured jacket adds interest and personality. Again choose your best shades. If you are Soft in colouring, you may struggle with too much contrast so can opt for a more tonal jacket such as jade with a navy column which would look simply wonderful against their blended look.


White can be difficult to pull off but it isn’t impossible. Choose good quality fabrics that aren’t see-through. Make sure that both bottom and top fit and flatter your frame. And finally, choose your best white. Cream will work really well on warm skin tones whilst soft white suits most colouring.
Another trick you can do to give the illusion of longer legs is to wear the same colour shoes as your trousers. It gives a continuous unbroken line from top to toe and an instant limb extension. However if you prefer to wear a slightly cropped trouser or indeed a skirt or dress, wear shoes that are close to your skin tone. And of course a pointed shoe will add extra length to your frame.

A word of caution though-don’t over do it. A column of colour is a bold statement so keep your accessories and prints to a minimum. Less is more with this look!

Have a lovely weekend!

Kate x

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