Color Blocking 101

Color Blocking 101


The secret’s out: Color blocking is a thing.

But what does it really mean? And how do we do it without looking like a clown?

A couple of things are for sure — It doesn’t require an art degree, and one fumble won’t send you to the circus (we promise!).
A well-executed color-blocked ensemble exudes sophistication, effort and style. And it’s not out of your reach…

Just follow these tips and tricks for a colorful look that’s very un-Bozo.

It Takes Two

The first rule of color blocking is that there needs to be at least two colors. There’s no shame in starting small — If you’re a newbie, stick with two colors. When you’re comfortable, upgrade by adding in a third and fourth color.

Separation is Good

The easiest way to plan your color-blocked outfit is with separates. Top = Color #1. Bottom = Color #2. Jacket = Color #3. Boom, color blocked.

Pair Up with Denim

Whether it’s a shirt, jacket or jean, pairing color with your denim always works (and is an easy first step!). We often consider denim as a neutral, but in this case, it counts as blue!

Playing Dress Up

Do you have a more formal dress code at work that makes you nervous about color blocking? Play it safe — Bring your bright pops of color down to earth with black, tailored separates.

Shades of …

Color blocking doesn’t have to be a rainbow of colors — Wearing the same color in different hues from head to toe creates a polished, color-blocked guise. Accessories count more in this scenario, so don’t skip them. On the bright side, this look is so flex, you can wear whatever jewels you fancy.

Prints Have It

If contrasting colors seems like too much on their own, throw in a print. Adding a striped jacket or a floral scarf can bring a cohesive element to your look.

B-e-a-utiful

Your outfit isn’t the only place you can work your color-blocking skills — many opportunities lie in your beauty routine. Use colored eyeshadow palettes or choose hues of pink or red for a blush and lipstick combo.

Soft and Sweet

Hint: Pastels are big for spring and summer! Start with a pastel for a feminine look and pair it with something more familiar, like a dark grey, to finish off the color-blocked style.

You know what it is. You know how to do it.

You’re no longer an act — You’re the ring leader.

Need some inspo? Check out our Pinterest or Polyvore pages.

Need a kick start? Here are a few hues that make a great team:

  1. Orange, blue, yellow and green
  2. Purple, white and grey
  3.  Black, white and anything
  4. Red, light blue and yellow
  5. Pink, mint and white
  6. Navy, chartreuse and maroon
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