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Friday, December 30, 2011

How To: Color Block


Color blocking is combining different colors that support each other when paired together. This trend is becoming more and more popular and is something that can be either a hit or miss. While color blocking breaks all the "traditional" rules of fashion, there are still some rules that should be followed for color blocking in order for your outfit to be put together correctly.


Rules To Color Blocking: 

1. Try not to use more than 3 bright colors when putting together an outfit.
 Adding too many colors can make it look like you are trying too hard. 

2. Use solid color pieces. 
You don't want to have all different colors and patterns because it will look messy.

3. Incorporate neutrals. 
If you need to add a belt or another piece to complete your outfit and you have already used 3 bright colors, then add a neutral color such as black, white, brown, or nude. Using a neutral piece can really pull an outfit together and give it a more classic look. 

4. Find the right color combination. 
This may take a little time, but it is a very important step when color blocking. Find out what colors look good next to each other when paired together for your outfit to look its best.

5. When in doubt, use complimentary colors. 
Complimentary colors are colors that are opposite each other on the color wheel and they always look best together. If you are unsure of a color combination, see if they are complimentary to each other, if they are then they will look good paired with each other. This doesn't mean that colors that are not complimentary will look bad together, complimentary colors are just natural opposites, so they work well together. Remember, don't be afraid to experiment with different shades!

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  4. Thanks so much! I kept reading that there were no rules, but I also kept seeing the same combinations. These guidelines are extremely helpful! - Barbara

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