Colour blocking: The easy way.

I’ve seen all types of definitions and varied demonstrations of colour blocking for the last 3-4 years. Like everything else with fashion, there will definitely be hits and misses.

I can’t say that I go out of my way to try to colour block, truthfully adding colour into my wardrobe has only been a relatively recent phenomenon. For years I stuck to the relative safety of black and white and any version of grey in between.

Over the last year or so I’ve come up with what I consider the conservative’s guide to colour blocking.


1. Consider keeping it in the same colour family.

One of my favourite outfits pairs a vibrant purple and blue. I featured it in the matching my makeup post.

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Keep it in the family

Blue and purple sit next to each other on the colour wheel and that makes it very easy to pair the colours even when they are quite bright. I did something quite similar with green pants and a blue pinstriped shirt here. Once again, Green and blue sit next to each other on the wheel and give a unified feel to the look.

2. When pairing complementary colours, keep it small. When wearing complementary colours (those colours that sit opposite each other on the colour wheel it is easier to keep one colour smaller and not have too much competition with colours.

My favourite pairing is a yellow shirt under a purple cardigan paired with neutral tones for the skirt or pants.  Here are some good examples below:

full purple outfit yellow shirt Purple cardigan

You can of course go bolder but this is after all the conservative’s guide to colour blocking.

3. Dont forget accessories: One easy and fail safe way to get onto the colour blocking trend is to pair a complementary coloured accessory with your vibrantly coloured outfit.

A red bag with a blue dress like this.

red bag blue dress

or a yellow bag with a purple outfit.

4. The overriding rule: Whatever combination you decide to go with as it relates to the vibrant colours of the season remember, the outfit has to look good on you! The shapes must be flattering and the outfit appropriate to the venue.

What are your views on colour blocking?

Until next post.


Thanks to Patricia who requested this post on the Facebook Fan Page.


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One comment on “Colour blocking: The easy way.
  1. nubienne says:

    Wearing a yellow shirt today and bright orange lippy, does that count?

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