Friday, 24 May 2013

Rule # 20: Colorblocking yourself! (how to wear this trend).

Rainbow bright colours instantly catch the eye but also put many fashionistas in a difficult position. How to colourblock? How to choose a colourful clothing piece right, how to combine bright and bold colours, how to embrace the colourblocking trend without looking like a walking colour wheel? At first sight all these questions seem to be unsolvable and many girls and women quite often just avoid the colour blocking trend in order not to make any fashion mistakes. However, we all know that fashion loves boldness, creativeness and experiments. So let's learn how to colour block right and look gorgeous and bright. 


The name of this fashionable trend is everywhere now, from red carpet events and fashion editorials to the street style. The main principle of the colour blocking trend is the combination of different colours and hues. You can create a more modest colour couple with two hues of the same colour family or go wilder and try three or more eye-popping hues. Actually, this is what bother fashionistas: how to determine what colours create a harmonious union? What to do to avoid too loud and overdone looks? 


The main rule of colourblocking is to avoid sharp contrasts. The colour pair must remain within the same sentiment. Major colours go with major ones, while minors create a beautiful union with minor ones. This is why pink looks so amazing in combination with orange, while the same pink is just unbearable when matched with light green. 
The simplest solution is to follow the rule of the "colour wheel". Colours are located in the spectrum on the basis of an organic transition from one to another. The colours which are on both sides of a particular colour, will be the best for it to form a colour-blocking union. For example, red looks most adventurous with orange or purple (or pink), yellow goes well with light green or mustard, while turquoise with blue or green. First come the basic colours which are red, yellow and blue, and only then the secondary ones, that is their derivates: green, purple and orange, complemented by tertiary colours, which are formed from the subsequent combination. 

It's important for beginners to study all the facets of the colour spectrum. If you always have loved to wear neutral colours, blacks and whites, don't rush to dress in all the possible rainbow hues. Instead, choose a pair of complementary hues such as blue with dark blue, pink with red, lilac with purple. 

  • Pink has a special place in the colour-blocking system. It can be easily replaced by red and used in all the possible colour combination that are usually applied to red. 
  • Emerald green and bright red blend perfectly with each other due to the "jewelry" factor. Both shades exude a real precious shine as do gold and copper. 
  • It's important to stick to the same saturation of colours: neon go well with neons, while pastels with pastels hues. 
  • Try to play within the range of three colours in one outfit to avoid any style blunders. The fourth one will look already too much. 
  • Pay attention to your complexion and hair colour. For example, cobalt and juicy green hues lose their charm on the background of pale complexion and blond hair. 
  • Keep in mind that too bright and massive colour blocking tends to make your figure look bigger. 
  • The easiest and safest way of colourblocking is to wear neutral outfits with some bright accessories, such as a pair of bright shoes in two colours, a colourful handbag or a two-tone bracelet. 
  • If you are still afraid of colourblocking but you want to brighten up your look, you can try ready-to-wear colour-blocked pieces, like a dress featuring two or three colours. 
  • Don't shy away from printed pieces while colourblocking but keep this to the minimum. For example, you can wear printed scarf with your colour-blocked outfits. 


While wearing colour-blocked outfits it's important to feel the limits. Bright and colour-blocked outfits should be complemented only with neutral and minimalist accessories. If you have chosen a light spring colour-blocked dress (like orange and purple, or red and blue), go for neutral accessories. Think modest and elegant nude pumps or a beige clutch, plain necklaces or bracelets that will not attract additional attention. Also make sure to wear a maximum natural makeup with colour-blocked outfits. 
And last but not least, a very important rule of wearing the colour blocking trend is to be self-confident and never feel afraid to show off your style imagination and mood. Always experiment and you will discover a new self of you in every new colour! 

Some looks I created for you:

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