You may recall in my previous post here that we talked about the art of column dressing, that is, wearing one block colour from head to toe. It really does shave off the pounds and have a slimming effect. Black, navy, charcoal, brown even damson and dark green. In fact any dark colour does the trick.
But how utterly boring does it become wearing the column over and over and over again. It would be enough to send anyone demented! So let's shake things up a little.
We're going to add a pop of colour by way of jackets, cardis and coats but there are a few rules you need to be aware of.
1. Make sure the hem of the jacket does not finish at your widest point. Remember the girl in the Columns post. It really isn't a good look!
2. A jacket with a nipped in waist (even if you don't have a waist) is really flattering. However I will be showing straight cuts too as sometimes it's good to experiment
3. Choose a colour that suits you, it will make all the difference.
4. For triangle shaped ladies (smaller on top than bottom), make sure the shoulders fit properly. Don't be tempted to 'size up' so that the jacket will fasten. Better to leave it undone and have a good fit at the shoulders. I know, I know, it's cold but beauty is pain and all that!
5. Wait for those compliments to roll...
So this is the kind of look that we are aiming to achieve
I've kept it really simple underneath with a pair of black skinny jeans (but these could be cigarette pants, formal work trousers etc) and a black long sleeved t-shirt. Good staples but boring on their own until you add the wowza jacket and accessories. This jacket is actually really clever. Look at the double layer of fabric running down the front. Anything with vertical lines is slimming. The pockets are also set slightly higher, almost on the waist which is far better than having detail on the hips which drags the eyes down to what can often be our worse area.
A word of caution, if you want to appear taller, forget cropped jeans/trousers. These actually interrupt the silhouette and make you look smaller. Thank goodness for cigarette pants, a much better option.
So what else does the High Street have at the moment...
The jacket from New Look above also comes in pinky-red
You could layer this over navy, blue, charcoal, whichever you feel most comfortable in.
And white, great with jeans and a denim shirt
I love this cheeky little jacket from Asos. You could cheer any black column up with this. Perfect in the summer too.
Oh look, Massimo Dutti have done the column of colour for me with this leather edged jacket, it looks great with jeans!
It appears Ochre is set to be bang on trend this coming season. This is a softer ochre which is a little more forgiving than a full on shade. Ideal for warm skin tones. The biker jacket is from Next
Shown teamed with black but I think it would also work really well with charcoal or navy
Moving onto coats, I love this mohair one from Zara and it would certainly bring your wardrobe bang upto date
Or the Kensington Coat from Boden in yellow
If you prefer something a little less in your face, have a look at the Pretty Piped Cardigan again from Boden. There are some lovely muted shades. Here it is in grey
And dusty pink
Now, you know me by now, I never miss an opportunity to break the rules! When I said earlier that a dark column is always slimming, well, I think there's nothing more stunning than a column of white (or ivory or cream). I know, I'm a contradictory mare (imagine living with me). Take this gorgeous Jemma Knit from Oasis.
Can you imagine this over a pair of winter white jeans and a cream polo. A pair of Ash Jalouse in taupe suede (my new spring lust) and by god you have a serious outfit.
Oh, and here it is as if by magic, the outfit in my head!
There's so much you can do with a column, it's just up to you and your imagination!
So finishing off with my new Noisy May Lucy Patch jeans (well I've only just started wearing them). They're from ASOS, fit like a glove and a sit on the waist (perfect for me, I hate low rise). They're currently reduced from £55 to £22, some sizes sold out though. The long sleeved breton is current stock from Next which you can find here
So will you be doing the column to look leaner and slimmer or are you one of the good people that actually go to the gym!!
Until next time