Color blocking is an art, and just like any art, it can be mastered. A lot of people stay away from bold colors because of the fear of looking like a clown on the streets. However vibrant colors can be a really good way of expressing yourself and letting you be bold through fashion. It is definitely possible to mix up really bold colors and color block your outfit and not look like a clown. Bold colors can be very dazzling and makes you look effortlessly stylish. As a lover of bold colors, I have along the way picked up a few tips that could help one looking to master the art of color blocking.
Monochrome color blocking
This is definitely a good starting point for color blocking. If you think you look crazy wearing a whole bunch of colors, then definitely sticking with a range of the same color will help you. Start off by mixing different shades and tones of the same color. Layering different textures of the sae color is also a way to bring a whole different dimension to color blocking which is so stylish. Mixing different shades of the same color is a safe way of getting into mixing and matching. Have fun with it and eventually you will want to go a little extra.
SN: you don’t have to be a beginner in this to use monochrome color blocking, a lot of fashion gurus do this, it is very trendy.
Complementary color block
This is where you wear colors that complement each other. A good way to know complementary colors is a color wheel. Complementary colors are opposite each other on a basic color wheel. This also means that these colors will be completely opposite and contrasting. It is a daring approach, yet leaves you feeling extremely fashionable.
Analogous color block
Analogous color block is where you where different colors that are similar to each other. You can definitely use a color wheel for this one, you find these colors close to each other in the color wheel.
These colors are usually in the same range with each other, so mixing the doesn’t give extreme contrast, unlike the complementary colors. Hey, you know what? As a beginner in this all, I could suggest saving the color wheel, so whenever you are stuck putting together an outfit, you just whip it right out and use it as a guide.
Accessory color block
Color blocking doesn’t have to be limited only to your clothing, it extends to your accessories as well. You can choose to wear a solid color outfit and color block it with some vibrant shoes, bag, scarf or jewelry. It’s really up to you how you choose to play with your colors. The good thing about fashion is that there is no right or wrong. At the end of the day fashion rules are just a starting point. Express yourself how you please and play with colors using any medium.
Stand Alone color block
This mode of color blocking is by far the most easiest. This is when the designer does the work for you and all you have to do is pick the combination of colors that go well with you.
At the end of the day keep in mind that just because you are color blocking does not mean that the colors have to be bright. Just as they can all be bright colors, they can also be subdued colors, or one of the colors can be bright, while the other is a neutral color.
Another tip to also keep in mind is that, you can always start off with one major color and then add other colors in bits and pieces, so work your other colors around your main color.
(hint: your main color can be one of your own colors, that works with you. In case you don’t know what that color is, you can find out by reading the HI Couture magazine.)