Putting the Piece of the Puzzle Together

Now that we’ve examined each piece separately, it’s time to put the pieces of the Scale Puzzle together and see how color contrast, body proportion and body frame work in relation to each other.

Let’s look for an overall theme.  Are all three elements similarly scaled? Or are two of the elements scaled similarly with the third being different? Or do all three have their own unique proportions?

If all three elements are the same, well then, there’s your answer. You know now that large, medium or small scaled prints and accessories work best for you. Remember, though — scale does not only refer to size, it also refers to visual weight. For instance, a pair of earrings with airy wiring might be large in size, but have a mid-sized visual weight.

If two elements are the same, and one is different, you’ll need to adjust your scale estimation up or down, depending on the size of the third element.  For example, if two of the puzzle pieces are large and one is small, then selecting prints and accessories in the mid-scaled range would work best for you.

If two of the puzzle pieces are small and one is medium, then choose prints and accessories that are small to medium in scale.

If all three are different, then again, prints and accessories in the mid-scaled range would look best on you.

If you are a mixed-scale person, let’s take a moment to fine-tune where you fall on the scale spectrum.  To do this, let’s test various scaled prints and accessories against your face and body proportions.

What do you look for when conducting this test? Let’s start with a print.  While looking at yourself and your print in the mirror, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Which stands out more: me or the print?
  • If I see myself more than the print, does the print enhance my appearance or does it get lost?
  • Does the print seem heavy or does it have balance?

Now that we’re finished exploring the external you, you should now have confidence in your knowledge of the following:

  • Your body shape and whether the silhouette of your clothing should be angular or curved.
  • The shape of your face and whether it’s angular or curved.  Knowing this will help you correctly choose the inside lines of your clothing and accessories to mirror the shape of your face.
  • What colors look best on you based on the color of your skin, hair and eyes.
  • Which color combinations work best for you based on the degree of contrast within your own contrast profile (skin, hair and eyes).
  • Your body proportions and how to place horizontal and vertical lines in the most flattering places.
  • Your body size and frame and how it relates to both color scale and body proportion.
  • And finally, you understand the appropriate scale of print and accessories for your personal profile and how they can enhance your body.

Now when you go shopping, you’ll know exactly what styles and colors of clothing will help you create your perfect personal image and personal brand.