Lorna Burford: The Art of Color Blocking

What if you’re tired of wearing prints and patterns and only want some solid colors? A great way to make a statement without having to wear busy prints and bold patterns is to color block full pieces. Color blocking is a stylish way of coordinating the colors of your outfit and statement pieces creating a simple yet stylish look. If it bothers you to look like a walking color wheel, making you too loud and overdone, let’s have some style inspiration to nail this style. Remember, fashion delights in boldness, creativeness, and experiments.

England based style blogger, Lorna Burford is the mind behind the Raindrops of Sapphire. She is also running another blog, Denim Blog, to reveal her love of denim. In her personal blog, she shares her personal style, her life, fashion, and things that she loves which definitely includes the art of color blocking with lots of denim. So let’s find out how to color block right and look stunning and bright.

Color blocking is a technique of wearing multiple solid colors in the attire that results in a simple yet very stylish look. Usually, the style revolves around a palette of two or more colors in bold and bright shades. But remember, too bright and vibrant color blocking tends to make your figure look heavier. So, you can create a more simple color pair with two hues of the same color family or be adventurous by trying three or more eye-catching hues. You may leave the prints and patterns since they are typically not used in color blocking as such designs would take away from the “blocked” visual. With the right strategy and attitude, you can effortlessly color block your outfit from head to toe.

pink and white outfit neon green and black bright pink in gray

The primary principle of color blocking is to prevent sharp contrasts. So, pick a color palette within the identical sentiment so that they wouldn’t battle unattractively. If you’ve never tried color blocking before, start working with two colors that can be a neutral and a bright. Neutral shades such as taupe, khaki, nude, black, beige, white, and gray will allow you to harmoniously blend a palette that you feel most comfortable with since neutrals can go with everything. As what Lorna have done, she paired a bright pink top with a neutral white jeans and a neon green top with a black denim pants. In this case, a bright color served as a “highlighter” of your drab outfit.

blue and dark blue with gray boots

complementary browns with white

Still, if bright colors terrify you, there is also the alternative to keep your ensembles a little simpler with a basic black and white color block. Or, pick a pair of complementary hues such as blue with dark blue or gray and different hues of pink. Just be careful in wearing complementary colors so they wouldn’t look like a monochrome outfit.

gray burgundy and black black, burgundy, orange and navy outfit black white and red outfit red cream and blue outfit pink gray and black pants white black and dark pink panel dress yellow burgundy and black pants color blocking

While you can color block with just two colors, you can take it up a notch by incorporating one or two more colors to your palette. One technique to do this is to pick a color that’s different hue from your neutral colored piece. For instance, you may mix different combinations of black, red, pink, gray, blue, yellow, burgundy, white, and such in one outfit. Just don’t be afraid to try things out with color combinations to see what works best for you. If you are still hesitant of color blocking style, but you want to brighten up your style, you can consider ready-to-wear color-blocked dresses featuring three colors. However, color blocking is simplest when you wear separates such as a skirt and blouse or shirt and pants instead of a dress. Using several pieces of clothing will let specify one color to each piece, designing the color blocked look.

purple shoes white scarf yellow bag and blue shoes yellow purse and white shoes

The simplest and trusted way of color blocking is to wear neutral outfits with some brilliant accessories and stay away from prints. Color blocking is just a block of color, and mixing prints into the style would take away the “blocked” visual you’re trying to create. Stay away from accessories that are embellished and detailed since color blocking is all about an attractive simplicity. Stick to colorful belts, shoes, bags, necklaces, bracelets, and scarves. They can be one of the colors present in your palette, or a new color that harmonizes with what you’ve already preferred.

This is a time to let your plain and simple pieces in your wardrobe shine. Be confident to show off your style, creativity, and mood. Always try things out and you’ll find out a new self of you in every color!







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