Colour me right
Bright colours are not an easy choice as they are considered loud and flashy. Following are some tips to overcome the fear of employing bright hues in clothing.
SINCE THE beginning of time, deep meaning has been attached to colours. Colours are very important in our lives, so much so that today colours dictate decorum for events in our lives.
The seasons are broken into spring-summer and Fall-winter. The fall-winter colour palette is generally bright... bright colours that trap warmth.
Bright colours are not as easy to use. Bright shades are closely connected with being loud and flashy. Following are some tips to overcome the fear of employing bright hues in clothing.
Let us first understand a colour. Pure white beam of light refracting off a prism produces spectrum.
A colour (or a hue) is a range of visible wavelengths from red through the spectrum to violet, perceivable by the eye and the brain. Colour in apparel can never be understood without the mention of four elements, namely, texture, line, shape and proportion.
Texture whether visual or tactile can vividly control the value (darkness or lightness) and intensity (brightness or dullness) of a hue.
With continual upgradation on the technical front, the face of a garment acquires newer dimensions.
This goes to say that the brightest of hues on the colour wheel can be cleverly used if right texture is associated with it.
For instance, if scarlet red is treated with a burnt-out effect that reveals a rustic looking lining from underneath, the visual impact would not be as bright as the hue in its purest form.
The play of lines on solid bases is also very closely related to colour in clothing. Over the years, after lot many trials, many of us must have realised that colours such as red orange, orange, yellow orange, yellow, yellow green, green and blue green add optical volume.
But fashion intelligence indicates solution in the form of usage of lines in right proportions (thickness and thinness) and right angles. For example, thin vertical lines on a garment surface always kill the width wise accent, thereby making the wearer look taller and thinner. Similarly, horizontal lines in garments lend optical width. Diagonal lines meeting in a `V' at the centrefront pinch the waist in.
Thick and thin lines together create no optical loss or gain. Thus, bright colours if used as stripes can effortlessly bring down the harsh effect of the same.
The next element, `shape', is the biggest factor that has an effect on colour in apparel. We are indicating towards the garment silhouette or the colour area, which is encompassed within the contours of a garment.
If you are planning a bright, flashy garment, it would cause you no harm if you choose the right silhouette. This means that the garment should not at all be flared and that it should be straight with slits that, say, reveal a dull hue or your flesh tone. Also, don't plan long sleeves or contrast coloured sleeves that would only highlight the bright hue employed in the front panel.
Proportionate usage of colour is the best way to conceal the uncomfortable signals sent by bright hues. Consider breaking bright colours with panel or style lines. Yokes, princess lines, empire lines and raglan sleeves can equip you with right ideas. Colour blocking by breaking the garment into simple style lines is also another pointer that would help you fight high hue intensity.
The effect of a bright upper can be counterbalanced with a bottom of low hue intensity or vice-versa.
This element of proportion also indicates a balance incorporated by a `little' area eaten up in top-stitching, buttons, logos, labels or, say, reflector tapes.
When dominance is equally distributed within a design, you achieve balance. Don't send wrong signals... fight `that' imbalance with bright colours used the right way. Colour yourself right.
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