Today I’m sharing ideas for creating a classic column look. While I like to discourage women from equating “flattering” with thinning, there are times when we might want to appear taller with an outfit that is well put together with classic pieces. To achieve this, you want to create a column of color.
A column of color is created when you wear one solid color from shoulder to hemline. This creates one long unbroken vertical line. To extend the column even further you should wear shoes in the same color as your outfit.
Often, we think black is the only way to create this look. While many ladies generate a classic column look by wearing all-black, any solid color will work.
Read on for details…
How to Create the Classic Column Look
1. Select a solid dress, jumpsuit, or matched separates.
The easiest way to wear a column of color is to choose a solid color dress, jumpsuit, or matched separates. A long solid color maxi dress or jumpsuit will make you look taller and thinner because of that solid unbroken vertical line. A shorter dress works also, and especially well if you wear shoes or boots in the same color as your dress. Of course, matched trousers and tops are another way to build the column.
2. Choose shoes in the same color.
While this isn’t absolutely required, it does add to that unbroken line that creates height. Of course, you can choose flats, heels, boots or booties, sneakers–whatever style you choose. However, a closed toe and heel shoe add to the column look.
3. Add nude or neutral shoes.
Another option is to add a nude or neutral color in your shoes. The look will not be as elongated, but a neutral shoe is a classic look with any outfit.
3. Add another layer.
For additional warmth or style, add another layer over the column of color. You could add a blazer, moto jacket, cardigan, or duster. Generally, the longer the top layer, the more slimming the outfit.
4. Add a pop of color.
To add interest, add a pop of color in your handbag, shoes, scarf, or jewelry. You can even tie a bandana or small square scarf to the handle of your bag.
5. Play With Patterns in the same colors.
While a solid color is the most slimming for the inner or outer layers, you can also add a pattern or texture to one or both of the pieces. Just stay in the same color family.
6. Switch out the inner and outer column colors.
Instead of an inner column in darker shades, try the opposite! Create an inner column in white or another light color, and add a black or dark layer over it. In this variation, textures add interest to the look.
The Column of Color in Black
The classic interpretation of this look is with a column of black color. Here I share an outfit with black pants and an elbow-sleeve turtleneck. The top layer is a duster sweater in ivory with black stripes. Even though the stripes are horizontal, the look is still slimming.
The chunky heeled ankle boots continue the shoulder to floor black color theme.
A red clutch bag adds just a pop of color.
Burgundy in a Column Outfit
Once again, a column look is easily created with any color. As is usually the case, a darker color creates a more slimming look. Here, I’ve created the look with a burgundy tank top and matching pants. The pointed toe heels in leopard provide the neutral color as well as the pop to this outfit.
The outer layer, in caramel faux suede, adds a soft contrast to the burgundy in the inner column. This color combination is a winner! I’ve added a leopard bag as a contrast.
You can see how easy it is to create a classic column look with pieces already in your closet! You’ve probably donned this style without even thinking about it! Just know that it’s not boring, rather, it’s a classic style that looks good on everyone! Play around with your pieces to create a whole new look.