Colour blocking is this season’s style secret. Those of you with a keen eye may have noticed its presence during the SS19 Fashion Weeks. But what is colour blocking? And how can the ordinary person achieve it?
Here’s the lowdown. Colour blocking is the subtle use of matching or clashing colours to create an intriguing and statemented style. In a fashion and design sense, this is the use of contrasting blocks of solid colour. They are typically bright and bold.
Do you work in a creative field? If you can be found in a trendy office on weekdays and at a fashion show on the weekend, then you’re definitely in fitting with the colour blocking trend. Follow our step-by-step guide on how to pull it off the b-right way.
When you’re working with colour, there are a number of potential styles to choose. Once you have your chosen style, then you have the foundations to build upon it with the utmost success.
A monochromatic look is the first option on the list. This is essentially one colour in different hues. You’ll most commonly associate this with grey-scale outfits, or black and white designs. But the reality can be very different.
The second option is a colour mix. Your outfit may be comprised of several different pieces that have contrasting shades. It’s up to you how many components you bring together to create your look.
The third choice is to wear a stand-alone block colour garment. That’s one outfit, with one colour, and one HUGE impact.
Whichever you choose, it’s important to consider what colour you’ll be shining in. Move on to step 2 to discover how you could possibly pick from a rainbow of iridescent hues.
Picking colours can be done in one of two ways. The first… by choosing what shade appeals to you the most. It might stand out, be your favourite colour, or match your current state of feeling and happiness.
The second way to choose your colours is slightly more in-depth.
Complementary colours are opposite each other on your standard colour wheel. These colours can be quite jarring and hard for the eyes to compute. There is nothing we love more than a complementary colour clash. These are the ultimate stand-out colour combo.
Analogous colour schemes are a very different ball game. This is when you pair colours that are next to each other on the colour wheel. Whilst a complementary colour clash is more statemented, an analogous colour palette is more harmonious and pleasing.
So, you’ve chosen your style and you’ve chosen your colours. You’ve got the outfit sorted. But what about your accessories? Jewellery can make or break an entire outfit, and colour blocking is the perfect opportunity to maximise on the little details.
The lack of pattern intricacy on your clothing makes your look more statement, but this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t employ finer textures and different fabrics elsewhere. Check out these gorgeous rhinestones with red tassels earrings from FARRA.
Perfect to add a little extra to a block colour outfit ensemble.