Strategically placed colored panels whittle your waist, shave inches off your thighs and create optical illusions to make you look slim and trim.
Dark colors recede and light and bright colors advance
Black absorbs light so wear black or a dark color on a certain area of your body, and it will make that area look smaller. This why so many women love black pants. Dark colors camouflage/shrink a tummy, thick hips, and thighs.
The opposite is also true. When you wear a light or bright color on a certain part of your body, it will highlight that area, drawing attention to it and making it look larger. This is why so many women are afraid of white pants or bright red jeans.
What Happens When You Combine Light/Bright and Dark?
When you combine chunks of dark + light/bright, you get some interesting special effects. Our eyes naturally want to follow lines, and we’re attracted to blocks of color. You can use color blocking as a tool to whittle your waist trim wide hips, lengthen your legs and overall body, shrink or enlarge your bust, etc.
For example, dark panels on the sides of a light or bright-colored dress shaves inches off your sides. The asymmetrical black, blue and white panels on this blue dress ( top right) sculpts your bust and gives it more shape.
Here’s a look at a few more of the latest color block dresses for women and what they can do for you.
1. Creative Lines
This artistic looking colorful color block dress ($66) is a great transitional piece for fall’s warmer days. The many blocks of color keep your eyes darting around taking the focus off anyone on troublespot on your body.
2. Black and White
Not only is this long sleeved ribbed sweater dress ($130) with the marled color-blocking comfortable and chic, but the darker bottom half works wonders to camouflage a big tummy or hips.
3. Classic Color Block
Vibrant bands of color make up this cowl neck sweater dress ($50) which also features a high-low hemline. Light areas at the neck and shoulders highlight your face, where the darker panel in the middle slims your tummy.
4. Geometric Lines
If you want to whittle your middle, this geometric print sheath dress ($99) will do the trick. The geometric patterns and lines draw the eye to the center of the waist creating the illusion of a smaller waistline.
5. Tri-Color Blocking
This long sleeved, mock neck sweater dress ($89) with its tri-hue color blocking draws the eye upward to your neck and shoulder area.
6. Vertical Color Block
If you have a little extra padding at the hips and waist, then this vertical green and black colorblock dress ($79) will help create the illusion of a more nipped in waist and hourglass figure.
The black panels up the sides visually shave off pounds making you as skinny as the green running down the middle.
Want to see color block dresses on some real life, 40+ women? Check out this post I did on youthful color blocked dresses.
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