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It's Time to Take on the Color Blocking Fashion Trend

Updated on June 28, 2019
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Linda has written content for national fashion and beauty websites. She enjoys sharing style trends and tips with her readers.


So What Is Color Blocking?

Let’s begin by defining color blocking. It consists of wearing large, bright blocks of seemingly disparate colors that actually compliment each other. How do you know which colors work together? Pick up a color wheel at the local art supply store. It’s a cheap and invaluable tool.

The colors opposite and adjacent to each other on the wheel are fair game. As are those that form a “T” or an “X” on the wheel. You can safely use two or three colors to achieve the look—any more will throw off the balance and become overpowering.

Don't forget to consider your hair color and skin tone when choosing your colors. Certain colors may look good on paper, but might not translate well on you. The best approach is to try on various color combinations. Just make sure you don't base your decision on harsh dressing room lighting. Go out into the store and check it out in natural light.

Be Brave

Many of you have resisted the urge. It’s high time to try color blocking to show off your flamboyant side. For those of us mad for color this fashion trend has been a long time coming. For the conservative fashionistas among us color blocking represents all things inherently wrong with high fashion.

Luckily, color blocking options are limitless so there is virtually a look that will suit virtually everyone. Young, old, timid or bold. We've done loads of snooping in stores and online and have come up with the best of the best about color blocking. What are you waiting for?

Release Your Inner Wild Child

Fierce examples of color blocking feature vibrant hues like yellow, orange and turquoise.Use two or even three different shades to create an attention grabbing look. Take your love of color and throw caution to the wind. If it not to your liking you have to admit it does make a graphic fashion statement.

Learn how to color block to look gorgeous and bright.
Learn how to color block to look gorgeous and bright. | Source

For the Timid at Heart

Tone things down with monochromatic blocks of color or go the safe black and white route. While monochromatic color blocking is not as visually impactful, black and white can be just as evocative as bright color combinations. This understated technique may be a great way to ease into the color blocking style. Maybe you'll gain the courage to take more color risks.

If you’re a neutral lover, get in on this trend using a more subtle technique.
If you’re a neutral lover, get in on this trend using a more subtle technique. | Source

Small Touches Create Big Impact

Start by dressing in a solid color and introduce color blocking with accessories. Shoes, purses, belts, jewelry and scarves are another way to play it safe and still incorporate the trend. Add a bright, contrasting chunky belt and color block heels to transform a 9-5 outfit into a fun evening look. There are many options to choose from and you can spend as little or as much as your budget allows.

Don’t want to fork over the cash for a pair of color block wedges? Simply opt for a color block manicure or pedicure to flaunt your fashion sense for a special occasion. If you have a steady hand you can do your own manicure.

DIY Color Blocking Manicure

Color Combination Ideas

If you find putting together unfamiliar color combinations overwhelming, don’t sweat it. This is one exception when it pays to be a cheater. You'll eliminate the confusion and end up look like a fashion genius. Shop major retailers for a variety of color blocked dresses and separates.Still having a tough time coming up with appropriate color combinations? Here are a few suggestions for you:

  • Pink and Orange
  • Purple and Orange
  • Yellow and Turquoise
  • Deep Red and Brown
  • Coral, Tan and Red
  • Bright Yellow, Pink and Mint Green
  • White, Yellow and Cobalt Blue
  • Turquoise, Burnt Orange and Red
  • Black, White and Red
  • Bright Orange, Indigo Purple and Pink

Get in the Swim

Whether for a vacation or simply lounging around the apartment pool the color blocking trend has even invaded the swimwear industry. These captivating suits incorporate bold chunks and stripes of color. You can even choose separates in contrasting colors to recreate the look. From the teeniest bikini to a modest one-piece, swimsuit designers have definitely taken the color blocking plunge. Look for blocked beach bags, cover-ups and sandals to coordinate with solid or colorful swimsuits.

Check out a variety of incredible and trendy color block swimsuits
Check out a variety of incredible and trendy color block swimsuits | Source

Keep It Under Wraps

Not ready to take color blocking out in public? Consider trying lingerie to maintain a low profile for you and your special someone. If you are a bit more daring a color blocked bra worn under a sheer blouse for clubbing will be a real attention grabber. Inspire technicolor dreams with inspired nightgowns, pajama sets, robes and slippers.

This flowing chemise features chevron sections of beautiful blue.
This flowing chemise features chevron sections of beautiful blue. | Source

Color Blocking Techniques

© 2011 Linda Chechar


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