Colour blocking can never go out of style, except for the non-technical know-how to block colours. From bikinis to very fashionable wears, colour blocking can be very minefield.
What is colour blocking?
Colour blocking is an exploration of taking colours that are opposites on the colour wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary colour combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.
Rules Guiding Colour Blocking
There are several tips guiding this topic, and the main rule of colour blocking is to avoid sharp contrasts. The colour pair must remain within the same sentiment. Major colours go with major ones, while minors create a beautiful union with minor ones.
This is why pink looks so amazing in combination with orange, while the same pink is just unbearable when matched with light green.
The DOES, and DON’T of Colour Blocking
First thing’s first, DO consider your body proportions. If your upper part is larger than your lower part, you must allow the vibrant colours to the smaller parts to create a constant form throughout your body (and vice versa). Leave the darker colours to hide the unwanted curves.
DON’T overdo it with accessories! Color-blocking is already flagrant as it is, you don’t need to add another layer of “Craziness” to the pile. The simpler, the better!
DO think about the overall contrast. If you’re having doubts about the coordination of the colours, then you’re doing it wrong. Just look at the colour wheel and pick two opposite colours!
Whatever you do, DON’T exaggerates your makeup. A simple nude look will do just fine, to keep a fashionable balance.
If you’re afraid of colour-blocking, DO add a hint of black to break the ice. You could add black on your shoes, belt or whatever it is you deem right!
If your colour-blocking includes patterns, then DO keep your other garments very neutral and solid!
But most of all, DON’T- and we can’t stress this enough- mix neon with neon! It’s disturbing and honestly, you’ll end up looking like you just came out of a Crayola box!
Style Secrets about Color Blocking
• Pink has a special place in the colour-blocking system. It can be easily replaced by red and used in all the possible colour combinations that are usually applied to red.
• Emerald green and bright red blend perfectly with each other due to the so-called “jewel’ factor. Both shades exude a real precious shine, as do gold and copper.
• It’s important to stick to the same saturation of colours: neons go well with neons, while pastels go with other pastel hues.
• Try to play within the range of three colours or less in one outfit to avoid any style blunders. The fourth one will look already too much.
• Pay attention to your complexion and hair colour. For example, cobalt and juicy green hues lose their charm on the background of a pale complexion and blonde hair.
• Keep in mind that colours that are too bright tend to make your figure look bigger.
• The easiest and safest way of colour blocking is to wear neutral outfits with some bright accessories, such as a pair of bright shoes in two colours, a colourful handbag or a two-tone bracelet.
• If you are still afraid of colour blocking but you want to brighten up your look, you can try ready-to-wear colour-blocked pieces, like a dress featuring two or three colours.
• Don’t shy away from printed pieces while colour blocking but keep this to the minimum. For example, you can wear a printed scarf with your colour-blocked outfits.
source – collective pieces of information.