Monday, May 2, 2011

Color Blocking 101

Color blocking is a game of sorts; think of it as your chance to mix and match otherwise ridiculous shades together to create neon perfection!  You can chose to go with articles of clothing that literally feature “blocked” color, sections of varying shades, as seen below: [this example is geared more towards Autumn, so as to provide options for the Fall lover such as myself]

Or, you can get creative and put together pieces of different colors to create a color blocked effect (blocks of color), worn below by Camille Bell and seen below in Jill Sander & Max Mara’s Spring 2011 collections. I love the looks the aforementioned designers have created, stunning color combinations!!

To get these looks minus the runway, keep these tips in mind:

1.    More Than Three’s a Crowd
Stick with two or three colors, three is preferred as it is more interesting and creates more contrast in comparison to two colors.

2.    Clash Away
Remember, that the normal rules no longer apply, so pair together colors that you normally would not.  Pinks, deep purples paired with orange; yellow and teal; magenta, orange, and ultramarine blue as a trio are my favorite color combination. 

3.    Family Ties
       Feel free to contrast two tonal variations with a contrasting jarring shade, such a
       as the aforementioned pink, purple with orange.  It will be perfection!

4.    Be Colorful & Proud
The point is to keep it vivid and bright, so no dark tones.

5.    Accessorize to a Bare Minimum
If accessorizes must be added, go simple and neutral; break up the colors with neutral belts/bags such as cream, grey, or tan.  Do not attempt to integrate patterns…No.  Ever. 

x, loves ;)

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