A secondary challenge I’m setting myself with the JAM is to co-ordinate each jacket with a complete outfit. To help figure out successful color/value combinations, I made this little croquis:
If your proportions are like mine (narrow shoulders, extra wide hips, long waisted and short-legged) these might help you, too. I kept the images all grayscale because this is a value study that can apply to any colors. The object was to compare the overall effect of different combinations of light/dark in the three pieces I generally wear: jacket, top, and pants.
A is a monochrome outfit with little difference in value between any of the pieces.
B has the top and the pants in related tones, with a light contrasting jacket. I overheard salesladies at Chico’s saying that this is what they recommend to all their customers as the most slimming.
C has the jacket and pants related, with a light contrasting top.
And just so I could say I tried, I did lighter pants and top with a dark contrasting jacket for view D. (opposite of B) As I suspected, D is a no-go.
When I squint and look at the remaining 3, B and C look like the most flattering combinations, even though A is closer to what I usually put together. I think C’s virtue is that a longer line is formed when the jacket and pants tone in together. With figure B, even though the figure is chopped up by the difference between the light jacket and dark pants, the light jacket draws attention to the top half (and this is my prime objective!) A gives the longer line, but everything blends together into one big shape and looks larger because the outline becomes so strong.
So, B & C, the winners!
What do you think? Agree? Do you see something I’m missing?