Be Bold and Beautiful…our guide to colour blocking.
Those of you who have been flicking through this month’s latest fashion glossies will be all too aware that bold colour is BIG this spring. The fashion catwalks of London, Paris and Milan were awash with bright colourful hues, contrasted with different statement pieces to create an overall look known as ‘Colour Blocking’. The most notable of these was Raf Simmons whose show for Jill Sander illustrated the use of colour blocking at its ultimate best. Other great examples were perhaps a little more subtle, such as, Gucci, Lanvin, Versus and Prabal Gurung.
Firstly this amount of colour will be pretty intimidating for most women initially, but one of the greatest things about fashion is there is always a way to incorporate elements of a trend into your personal style – to a level which you are comfortable with – while still embracing enough of the look to be considered current.
To achieve this look in its simplest form, you should be looking to mix different pieces on the top and the bottom of your body, such as, jackets, tops and trousers or skirts and blouses, in bold contrasting shades which produce a fun and fresh feel. Alternatively, for those that need to ease themselves into the look more steadily, it is just as acceptable to opt for a less intense form of using bright and contrasting coloured accessories against a block coloured outfit in one strong shade.
For those of you who are not that confident in the fashion stakes, the best part of this trend is that it is very difficult to go wrong. Colour blocking is about embracing colour in its brightest boldest form and therefore the more colour clash you have going on the better. If there is any trend which allows you to experiment, have fun and go wild with your wardrobe then this is definitely the most obvious of them.
Because we wish to equip women to be their own style gurus we thought it was only right that we clarify the few rules that do exist when colour blocking, which you should try and adhere to when developing your outfit – just to be on the safe side!
How to work the colour block trend – rules and tips
• To nail this fashion trend perfectly, invest in garment pieces that are complimentary to your natural colours, e.g.: hair, skin and eye colour.
• Get the colour combinations right – acceptable combinations are as follows: White with any block bold colour, Black with any block bold colour and any of the contrasting colours from the following palette – Red, Pink, Orange, Blue, Green, Yellow, Purple, Coral, Turquoise and Lime.
• For a less intense approach go for an item of clothing in bold bright stripes.
• Pair coloured jeans with a plain sweatshirt or t-shirt.
• Add a pop of colour to blue, black or white jeans by adding a bright coloured silk top or blouse.
• Opt for a bright coloured skirt or trouser suit with a plain white or black t-shirt.
• Accessories are a great way of adopting this look more subtly so go for bright coloured bags and shoes or accessories which have a colour block pattern or concept.
• Switch your normal LBD for a LCD (little coloured dress) in a bold statement colour from the palette above.
• Full length flowing skirts are another spring must have, so pair one in a bright colour with a plain white t-shirt.
• Pale colours and pastel tones are good but will look too washed out on most people regardless of how much they may clash. This look is about not being afraid to make a statement with your use of colour and clothes so embrace it.
• Don’t be afraid if you think some of the colours will clash or not work together – the whole point of this look is to be bold and beautiful!
Look out for our ‘Gotta Have It’ alerts for this month’s best pick of items to hit the high street based on recent fashion trends and the advice of our shopping experts.
Also don’t forget that if you need more help and support with your personal style, Make Me Fabulous UK is here to help. Book in for a personal styling consultation with us and receive a 20% discount on any of our services when you quote ‘colour blocking’ in your enquiry.