How to Master the Color Blocking Trend

Gucci strapless top
$825 –

J Crew cotton tee
$30 –

J Crew scoop neck tee
$17 –

3 1 Phillip Lim double breasted coat
272 GBP –

Mini skirt
$60 –

$40 –

Badgley Mischka leather sandal
$225 –

Pierre Dumas platform sandal
$50 –

With summer fast approaching, it is time to ditch the black and embrace the colors shown on the Spring 2011 runways, but do you know how to color block with conviction?

Color blocking is a prominent trend this season and designer brands from Jil Sander, to Gucci, to Fendi embraced a rainbow of colors for Spring.  This trend, can be a bit difficult to pull off, however.  Incorporating a wide spectrum of colors can be a daunting task, but it is possible to achieve this look with a little creativity and some color knowledge.

  • Step 1: Pick one simple item in a single bold color.  This will be the base of the outfit.  This item can be a blouse, a skirt,  a pair of pants, or a dress that will be built upon with other pieces.  Choose a piece with a classic cut, such as a crew neck shirt, pencil skirt, or straight leg trousers.  A simple silhouette, free of embellishment will make the look streamlined and deliberate.
  • Step 2: Choose another piece in a complementary or similar color.  Combining colors such as blue and orange, or purple and yellow creates harmony between the pieces and makes each color more prominent.  It is also advised to choose colors in the same color family, such as cool blues and greens or warm oranges and yellows.  When adding a third piece such as a blazer, choose a black one or one in the same color family as another item.
  • Step 3: Add neutral accessories.  Though it may be tempting to add a vibrant shoe or bag to the mix, it is important to ground the look so it is not overwhelming.  A classic pump in or sandal in beige, white, or black will keep the look tasteful.
  • Step 4: Keep the hairstyle and makeup sleek and fuss free.  Straight styles, or slick ponytails, or chignons look best with color-blocked outfits.  Keep makeup minimal.
The most important accessory in this outfit is confidence.  It can be daunting to attempt such a look, but mixing colors can be fun as well as sophisticated, especially when done with pride.

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