The days of matching the colour of your dress to your bag, scarf, shoes and accessories are in the past. Colour blocking hit the fashion world like a tsunami and now, it is all about splashing differing colours together and making a striking fashion statement.
Since the colour-blocking fad is still riding high, it is worth the mention. This trend is about wearing complimentary colours that will complete your outfit in an outstanding way.
If you are faint-hearted in fashion but still want to try this out, grab a purse or shoes that are loud or contrasting in colour. This is enough to brighten your outfit.
How to rock the trend
Getting this trend right involves solid bright colours, although not with different patterns.
Pair up separate outfits such as a jacket on a dress or a blouse with pants. This makes the look better than a single outfit with different colours.
Get a colour you are really comfortable wearing and pair it up with an opposite yet flattering colour. Firstly though, you are going to have to learn the basics of a colour wheel. At times, this will include going back to primary basics where you learnt about the colours of the rainbow. This will help you know which colours complement each other.
You can colour-block with neutral colours too; gray, black, white, and tan.
Ensure that you limit yourself to a maximum of three colours so that you look tasteful and elegant. Keep the look clean with basic colours and lines.
Fabric such as silk, light cotton and satin work well with colour-blocking.
Some of the colours that pop together include yellow with orange, red with orange, purple and blue, black with grey and yellow or hot pink with orange, white and neon as well as orange and blue.
Enjoy your blocking but remember you do not have to limit yourself to clothes. A splash of colour on your earrings, belt, handbag and shoes go a long way. And make-up has proven to bring out stunning results.
Colour blocking don’ts
There is a thin line between looking horrible and fashionable with this trend so do not separately colour-block your outfit, handbag, earrings, hair accessory and shoes.
Although blocking two bright colours can be quite modish, avoid neon. Orange and yellow or aqua blue and light green are not recommended.