If you follow trends, then you are bound to be familiar with Color Blocking. If not… Here’s an introduction! A trend that’s made it from the runway to magazines to the storefronts of a million stores, Color Blocking has been one of the biggest trends the last few seasons. But, what is it? And, how do you wear it? We’ll break it down and show you just how the latest SWAK styles can let you dip your toes into this hot trend!
What is Color Blocking?
Basically put, it is making an outfit that is visually comprised of chunks of color. Blocks of color. Literally. The outfit can be anything you like to wear. A dress that uses color. A top and slacks. Jeans and cute shoes. Anything. Color blocking is probably one of the EASIEST trends out there to play with.
How Do I Color Block?
You can color block lots of different ways…
Chances are you have already color blocked and don’t know it. If you’ve ever worn a contrasting color shoe to a great dress, for example, you’ve probably color blocked. An easy way to start is to pick an outfit that uses two colors in it that you like OR pick two items in your closet that are each a solid color that you feel go together. A red dress with purple shoes. A teal dress with green shoes. A pair of red capri’s with a coral colored tank top. All of these are examples. But, if you want to break it down father, your answer lays in the color wheel.
-Simple Colors: Try pairing two colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, red with purple or blue with green. If you’re feeling really daring, mix in a third color piece.
-Complimentary Colors: Two colors that are on opposite sides of the wheel can combine too really “pop”! Like blue and orange, or purple and yellow. Just avoid green and red (unless you’re celebrating Christmas in July!).
-Neutrals: If you’re a little nervous about wearing such vibrant colors from head to toe, start with combining one bright piece with a neutral shade. White, black, beige or grey compliment and exaggerate brighter colors.
Remember, keep accessories neutral or use a neutral pattern (maybe a leopard print scarf?). Try monochromatic shoes or bracelets while you figure out what color blocking methods work best for you.
The two newest arrivals at SWAK are perfect for anyone ready to shine in bright, bold colors. The Cassandra Two Tone Maxi and Sandy Two Tone Top can help you feel out your color blocking limits.
Black with Mushroom, Magenta with Pink and Teal with Taupe – what color combination makes you feel your brightest?
Color blocking isn't going anywhere no time soon. The fashion world has become smitten with this trend and you might as well stop fighting it and jump on the bandwagon, because I know you want to. Personally I'm a fan of color blocking. It just ignites life into your look. You can take the most basic of pieces in bright colors and instantly you have a standout look. As we embark upon the holiday season I suggest giving the look a spin. I found six super cute pieces that are already color blocked for you so you don't have to waste anytime trying to figure out if orange and purple really go together.
One of the most NOW trends in fashion is colorblocking. Strategically placed, contrasting, yet complimentary, bold and bright colors paired together to create a unique look was seen on the Spring 2012 runways.
For me, as I have made a conscientious attempt to rock more than black, this trend I am quite excited about. As a plus size woman, this trend can easily be had for us- especially as more designers are taking fashion forward steps to bring us on trend items to fashion color-blocking!
Fashioning the color-blocking trend
Well, there are quite a few ways to play with this trend, but the first step is understanding a few principles about colorblocking.
Play up to three colors for an ideal combination. Not sure what colors to use? SrStyle Promptshared this fabulous color wheel and a few tips! She shares:
“The most popular theory for combining colors is called the rule of two-thirds. How you achieve therule of two-thirds starts by making an equilateral triangle (a triangle with 3 equal sides) on the color wheel… From there, you pick two of the three colors that the triangle touches. These colors will almost always harmonize together beautifully.”
If you do not care to or are shy from mixing that many colors, the best way to ground your outfit is to play with neutrals- not always a skin tone nude. Your neutrals can be black, brown, navy, white, or grey! Chose a bold or neon color and take it back to one of these neutrals for baby steps into this colorblocking trend.
For ideal and modern color pairings, DDDR suggests a few colors for you to play with:
- Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange
- Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach
- Purple, Bright Blue, Teal
- Deep blue, bright pink, White
- Coral, Grey, Ivory
If you do not want to go THERE with color, black and white offers a modern look with just as much play and viable options for you to play with- leaving the punch of color to your accessories.
This look right here gives you an idea of how fun and chic this can be!
Maximize the Curves
Colorblocking is more than rocking bold colors. This trend offers ways to enhance and play up to your curves. Use a neutral shade to minimize the parts you want to downplay and the bold color to enhance your curves in certain places.
To draw attention upward, rock a bold color top and a neutral bottom! If you want to play up your curves, rock a bandage dress with peek a boo colors to emphasize your shape.
Accessorize to Maximize
Another way to introduce bold pops of color is to incorporate the saturated hues or colorblocked accessories to an outfit for a dynamic and standout look! Shoes, handbags, bracelets, and necklaces take part in this trend and are an amazing way to maximize your look!
Who knows, you may wind up trying to color block everything in wardrobe.
Get into the color blocked trend with ideas
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Color block your accessories
I picked out a few of my favorites for you to play with!
Color Block Your Waredrobe
So, with all of that information, are you a fan of the colorblocking trend? I know I am!!!!