Published on June 18th, 2011 | by thevyne1
How to Wear the Trend: Color Blocking
By Kailei R.
We’ve seen it on the runways and on the red carpet, but some are still a little scared how to pull off the color block look. Here are some tips on how to wear the look, where to find some pieces, and what not to do.
1. Find a dress with blocking built in: This season we’ve found quite a few dresses with the color blocking mixed in. It can’t get easier than that! Check out this Diane von Furstenberg Reara Two-Tone Dress:
2. Mixing two colors: This is the fun part. Whether complementary colors or two different shades of a color family, have fun mixing and matching different colors that you like the most. Some of my favorites are turquoise and yellow, purple and orange, green and purple and light blue and electric blue. I love doing a flowy long blouse with colorful denim or a dress with a fun belt. One option is this DKNY Ruffled Ramie-Blend strapless dress with a dark purple leather belt:
3. Two colors on top + neutral bottoms: Once you find which colors you like most, try mixing a cardigan with a shell or tank of a different color or a color blocked shirt. Instead of pairing this with a colorful pant, try a neutral skirt or pants. This Top Shop Purple Colour Block Shell Top and Victoria Beckham denim mid-rise cropped flared jeans are a good pair.
4. Don’t mix these colors: Stay away from red + green (don’t want to look like Christmas), red + blue up top with white on the bottom (too patriotic), and yellow + red (mustard and ketchup).
5. How to accessorize: With so many bright colors, adding colorful accessories is just too much. Stick to neutral shoes and neutral or metallic jewelry. You can, however, find a clutch either with several colors or a third complementary color if you don’t want to go with a neutral. These clutches are colorful options: Mar Y Sol Ariel, Latico Eelskin Interior framed, and Sasha patent are colorful options: