Colour-Blocking In Theory And Practice

Colour-blocking continues to be trendy this spring/summer, so here is how to drag it off.

... size: 650The colour-wheel is a handy tool for styling your outfit. It`s simple;
Pick two colours from the identical family (warm or cold) for clothing and add one flashy accessory or shoe in a complementary hue. Pair one primary colour with it`s secondary colour.

An example; let`s say you picked a pink blouse and a dark blue skirt (both from the cold colours side), you need to pair them with orange shoes (or bag), since orange is the secondary colour to dark blue.

Purple, orange & pink
Dress: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, bag: Salvatore Ferragamo, shoes: Elie Saab

Do not forget that colour-blocking requires bright colours. Neutral colours (black, white, grey) don`t count. Wearing a white shirt to red pants works but is not colour-blocking. Neither is wearing a grey shirt to black pants and white shoes.

Red, pink & blue
Dress: Vivienne Westwood, box clutch: Roberto Cavalli, shoes: Joop

Sunglasses Salvatore Ferragamo for Men - NordstromDo:
– Wear with simple make-up and simple hair do (open hair, bobs, buns or simple pony-tails work best).
– Colour-block the same colour-intensity. Pair pastel with pastel and neon with neon but don`t wear a neon purse to a pastel dress.

Green, magenta & orange
Dress & jacket: Burberry Prorsum, clutch: Elie Saab

Don`t:
– Mix too many colours (4 or more), you don`t wish to appear to be a parrot.
– Mix colour-blocking with other trends like metallics or print-mixing.
– Wear big jewellery, flashy nails or strong make-up with it.

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