The Spring runways overseas were so colourful this
year, with cheerful colour-blocking taking centre stage. Gucci, Prabal Gurung,
Jil Sander and other designers were all about mixing bold, solid colours in
separate pieces. These colour statements make everyday dressing so glam! Colour
is summer’s biggest trend, from neons (see this post) to brights, in everything
from skirts, jeans to clutches. The colour-blocking trend began over a year
ago, and if you didn’t know, it means an outfit that is made up of blocks of
solid colour; this trend is hot, hot, hot!
Here’s our How-To on Colour-Blocking:
1. The secret to pulling this trend off is to choose shades that are direct opposites on the colour wheel (for those of you who have done art or design, they’re called complementary colours). Think blue and yellow, green and black or pink and orange.
2. Stick to simple shaped items – pencil skirts, maxi dresses, statement tops.
3. Choose colour shades of the same level of intensity, otherwise the look will be unbalanced; don’t team neon red with pastel purple – gross!
4. Do not add prints, stripes, florals or patterns when wearing a colour-blocking outfit. You will look more like a clown than a runway model.
5. Colour-blocking looks great on an hourglass shape, when you cut the look in half by the waistline.
6. If you’re nervous about whether you can pull of the colour-blocking look, start small. Do this by wearing one bright item, in one colour, in your look. Think a bright yellow clutch, red heels or a neon pink skirt teamed with your wardrobe basics like denim, black and white.
7. Colour-blocking is fun. Be confident and show off a little – think neon, fluorescent and sequins! You won’t go unnoticed in those!
Don't you just love the colour-blocking trend? Let us know what you think!
Block One: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5
Block Two: 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6
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