The Ultimate Guide to Color Blocking

Color blocking is all the rage these days, but there’s a right way to do it. If you wish to channel your mood and creativity with contrasting and complementary colors, you must know first which ones look flashy and look spectacular. In fashion, designers are using bright hues taken from the opposite sides of the color wheel to create stunning ensembles while modern women take the darker hues to make their looks sleek. So, keep on reading for our ultimate guide to help you get the most out of color blocking.

Understand first the color wheel and how colors match.


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Think of the primary colors like blue, red, and yellow as three points of the clock face stationed at 12, 4 and 8. Halfway between red and yellow will be orange, halfway between yellow and blue will be green, and halfway between blue and red will be purple. From there, you can fill in all the shades of the rainbow. Like fashion blogger Nicole Warne, you may stick to two colors like blue and yellow to create a sleek combination, or add one shade in a similar hue to keep everything bright yet pleasing to the eyes.

Decide if you’re going to select a color-block ensemble with complementary, monochromatic, neutral, or analogous shades.

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When color blocking, you have to decide if you’re going to select a color-block ensemble with complementary colors by choosing shades from opposite sides of the wheel or analogous colors by picking the shades neighboring each other on the color wheel. If you’re new to the trend, you can go for monochromatic colors by picking the same color in different shades, or even neutral colors of white, black, grays, and browns. The key is to skip prints and let your blocks of colors do the tricks for you while keeping the good structure and proportion of your outfit.

Think of your body type when layering blocks of colors. 

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Though the possibilities are almost endless, how you layer your color blocks definitely matters. Most blocks are done horizontally, which doesn’t have a slimming effect. Obviously, that optical reality favors more petite or well-proportioned people and is something to keep in mind if you’re conscientious about your size. Another option is to use prints that color block vertically. Also, remember the rule of thumb that bright colors attract, while darks conceal. For instance, you may wear a darker block of color on your jacket to avoid looking huge in a brightly colored dress like fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni did. On the other hand, you may go for a vibrant jacket and flats that will ensure that no one focuses on your hips and thighs. However, resist the temptation to go with more than four blocks of colors. Also, if you opt for similar shades, go with the same color intensity by pairing bright ones with bright colors, and the like.

Take the color blocking trend to the next level with accessories.

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Accessories, particularly a big belt, chunky jewelry, and eye-catching shoes are an ideal way to take color blocking to another level. By heeding these tricks, you’ll be able to wear the color blocking trend successfully. So, have fun and experiment to see what works best for you.

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