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Colorblocking: A How-To

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Colorblocking is a huge trend this season. However, I, personally, find it to be a bit intimidating. I tend to wear mostly neutral colors, but I decided I would try head-to-toe color with hopes of being pleasantly surprised by the results. Here are some of my tips and tricks to mastering this fad, along with pictures of the outfits I put together.

{Dress, Sweater, Belt: The Limited; Shoes: Bandolino via TJ Maxx}
1. When in doubt, try fuschia and red.
Fuschia and Red look great together. I really can’t think of a situation where they wouldn’t mesh. This combination is bright, but practically foolproof.


{Jacket: H&M, Top and Jeans: NY&Co.}
*I don’t think this technically counts as colorblocking since I’m wearing jeans, but just go with it.
2. Try to stay within one or two colors on the color wheel.  
For example, reds and pinks, and pinks and oranges, are all close together on the color wheel. By staying in a small section of the color wheel, you ensure that your colors will compliment one another fairly nicely.
3. Try different shades/hues of the same color.
I am no art expert, so I don’t know the technical terms. However, mixing light blue with dark blue, light green with dark green, etc., will make a striking, yet visually pleasing monochromatic look.
4. Don’t be afraid to add a third color.
If you want to add a third color, try picking two colors from the same family, or two colors next to one another on the color wheel. Then, for the third color, choose one that is complimentary to one of the first colors. 
5. Break the rules!
Fashion is supposed to be a fun way to express your personality and sense of style. If you find a color combination that you love, but the colors don’t fall next to one another on the color wheel, I say go for it! The #1 ingredient to pulling off an exceptional outfit is confidence. So throw on your colors and work it!


{vintage bracelet}
6. Keep your jewelry simple.
You want your color combination to be the focal point of your outfit. If you also wear lots of loud, colorful jewelry, you could risk looking like a hot mess from 1980. Stick to neutral-colored jewelry: silver, gold, etc. for a simple, yet sophisticated addition to your outfit.
{Bag: Kate Spade, Pants: Rag and Bone, Top and Belt: Topshop, Shoes: Simply Soles}
This is my favorite color blocking outfit. Unfortunately, I don’t have any red pants, so this polyvore creation will have to suffice in place of me actually modeling the outfit. Here, the purple belt adds adds an extra splash of color to the lovely combination of red and pink. I would pair the outfit with neutral flats and lots of simple gold bracelets. Last, I would add a leopard-print handbag.
7. Don’t be afraid to add a print.
Adding a print piece, like a leopard-print bag or polka dot scarf will add extra dimension to the outfit. Just try to keep the print in a neutral color.


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    November 8, 2011 at 5:01 am

    Thank you, Tina! I’m glad the red and pink are getting good reviews- that was my fave outfit of the bunch!

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    Tina @ Fashion Dynamite
    November 8, 2011 at 3:50 am

    What a great post on how to colorblock. Agree with Catherine, love the red and pink together. And the skinny snake belt is a nice touch!

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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    November 8, 2011 at 1:42 am

    Liz, I totally agree that the shirt and jacket with jeans is a good way to ease yourself into full-blown color. I’m on my way to your blog now to check out your colorblocking post!

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    November 7, 2011 at 10:49 pm

    How funny- we have a “color blocking” post up today too.

    The orangey H&M jacket goes great with both the pink and teal. I think the shirt/jacket/jean combo would be an easy way to break into the world of color blocking for someone (like me) who wears much darker colors usually/

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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    November 7, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Thank you, Katha! I’m glad you found it helpful!

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    Katha Strophe
    November 7, 2011 at 8:35 pm

    This is a really helpful post, thank you for the tips!
    The red and fuchsia looks especially great on you :]

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    Katy @ Sugar and Chiffon
    November 7, 2011 at 3:50 pm

    Thank you, Catherine! I was just perusing your blog and saw YOUR fuschia and pink outfit. So cute! I guess great minds think alike 🙂

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    November 7, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    LOVE THIS!! Ditto on fuchsia and red. Amazing color combo. I think you and me both need red pants immediately. 🙂 I have a sweater like that pink one that I may try to wear with a belt like you did – so cute!

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