Making Scale Work for You

Scale is one of the most important elements to consider when thinking about dressing your body and personality. It is one of the tools we have to create optical illusion. We can use it to make ourselves or parts of ourselves appear larger or smaller, depending what we want to achieve.
It is the Ebbinghaus illusion – neither bright blue circle in the illustration above is larger. They are the same size. But the one on the left appears smaller because of the larger navy circles around it, while the one on the right appears larger because of the small navy circles surrounding it. When you translate this to your body, you can use it to make yourself look smaller or larger. Scale is used to create balance, from your feet to your head. You can play with the scale of items to use its optical effect to change how an area appears. Think about all your features. Notice what is larger or smaller proportionally than you are as a whole. Then use this concept to work with your unique body. For example, if you have larger facial features, then wear larger scale jewelry near your face. If you have tiny hands, wear smaller scale jewelry on your wrists and hands. Of course, you can also use scale to play up your personality. If you have a bold streak, then you will want to wear larger scale accessories and details than someone who likes to blend into the crowd. The tip with scale, is when in doubt, go medium scale. Consider how the scale of all the elements of your body fit together, and how you can play with scale to upsize or downsize them.
Inspiration from Pinterest.

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