Fashion Magazine

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You Are High Contrast

By Imogenl @ImogenLamport
How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High ContrastImogen, I would love an article on how to incorporate medium value colors when one is high contrast, and how to use our bright colors to increase contrast even though they are not necessarily light. I'm medium high contrast and am puzzled by the medium value colors.

How to Use Medium Value Colours with High Contrast

The biggest tip to remember when working with your high value contrast, is that as long as part of the outfit is high value, you can still wear a medium colour as well. So if you are wearing a pattern such as in the illustration below which has a high value contrast (both very light and dark elements in it) then it's easy to wear a medium value topper such as a jacket or cardigan.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast

As long as you have a light and dark colour (such as in the pattern of the dress above, adding a medium value colour - like the blue jacket - will still give you the contrast you need. Alternatively you can put a bright colour with a dark colour or light colour to increase the apparent contrast levels.

The more similar the colours (on the colour wheel) the less the brightness of the colour will make the value contrast appear higher.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast

So you can see here above how the blue top - even though it has a similar value to the other tops, doesn't look as bright with the darker denim, so it remains medium value contrast. The further away the bright colour is from the other colour (on the colour wheel), then the higher the value contrast appears (example the red and orange tops appear higher value contrast as they are on the other side of the colour wheel to blue).

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast
Now above is an example of similar colours with the same jeans in a medium value contrast, but because the colours are muted and smoky, their perceived value changes less except the blue top which appears lower contrast.

Remember if you want colours to look brighter you can also use colours that are more opposite (complementary) or just further away on the colour wheel from each other. It amplifies their contrast. How colours react to each other is called simultaneous contrast.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast
Here the pink cardigan - in a medium value - can be part of a low, medium or high value contrast outfit. Again the pattern of both white and dark in the skirt gives you the high contrast you desire, but you can still wear the medium value cardigan with it and maintain the appearance of high value.

In this illustration below, the tops and skirts are of similar value to each other. You can see this with the red "value" tool which I"m holding over the picture.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast

But when you look at the two outfits, the blue top makes the contrast look higher value contrast (rather than medium) as it is brighter.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast
  • Brighter colours are more advancing - so come forward. Therefore look more apparent and obvious. More noticeable.
  • Muted colours are more receding - so go backwards. Therefore look less apparent and noticeable (which can lower the perceived value)

This is why brighter colours which advance give the perception of a higher value contrast, which is what is happening in the blue top/black skirt outfit in the illustration above.

How to Wear Medium Value Colours When You are High Contrast

Linking this post to: Top of the World, My Refined Style, iwillwearwhatilike, Visible Monday, Let It Shine, Monday Mingle, Style Sessions, Turning Heads Tuesday, Trend Spin Link-Up, What I Wore Wednesday, Brilliant Blog Posts, Throwback Thursday, Passion for Fashion Friday, Friday's Fab Favourites, Style Stories, FlatbumMum, The FABulous Journey, Mummy's Got Style, Sydney Fashion Hunter


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Easy Breezy Summertime Looks

    Easy Breezy Summertime Looks

    Mid-Atlantic states are notoriously known for their humid weather in the summer. They rival the swamplands of Florida. The saying, "it's not the heat, it's th... Read more

    10 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Bridgetteraes
    FASHION, LIFESTYLE
  • The Xroadie Files

    Xroadie Files

    Revbjelde – Severance Mordecai Smyth – Mellotron, Andy Prince – Chapman Stick, Guest Musicians Severance slow melodic sounds that just seem to work... Read more

    14 hours, 58 minutes ago by   Ripplemusic
    ENTERTAINMENT, MUSIC
  • Trump and Putin Might Have Thought Helsinki Summit Was Private, but...

    Trump Putin Might Have Thought Helsinki Summit Private, Intelligence Agencies from Finland Sweden Likely Reported Almost Real Time

    Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin might have thought their meeting in Helsinki yesterday was virtually private, but that almost certainly was not the case, report... Read more

    15 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Rogershuler
    LEGAL, SOCIETY
  • Learn the Language of Your Brows "Browmoticons" | Happy Brows

    Learn Language Your Brows "Browmoticons" Happy

    Brows speak volumes about yourself, you can communicate with other people without even speaking with just using your eyebrows. A subtle arch can reflect your... Read more

    15 hours, 51 minutes ago by   Rayrose Camille Samson
    HAIR & BEAUTY, LIFESTYLE
  • Wildacres Report

    Wildacres Report

    That was the week that was. About a hundred writers convene on the mountain for a week of workshops, music, partying, and quite a lot of silliness. Read more

    16 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Ultra-gorgeous Gala Montenapoleone Trunk Show and Bridal Party

    Ultra-gorgeous Gala Montenapoleone Trunk Show Bridal Party

    Love4Weddings Love4Weddings - A Stylish Wedding Blog Σήμερα, σας παρέχουμε μια μικρή γεύση από το ονειρικό trunk show του οίκου Gala Montenapoleane και του... Read more

    17 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Love4weddings
  • The Ultimate Romantic Wedding Inspiration | Love4Weddings Bridal Party

    Ultimate Romantic Wedding Inspiration Love4Weddings Bridal Party

    Love4Weddings Love4Weddings - A Stylish Wedding Blog Σε αποχρώσεις του απαλού ροζ και του αστραφτερού χρυσού, στολίστηκε ο υπέροχος εσωτερικός χώρος του... Read more

    17 hours, 28 minutes ago by   Love4weddings

Magazines