5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

Hi Everyone,

Did you know that colour-blocking is a fashion trend believed to have been originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian around the year 1900. 

It wasn’t until the 1960’s however that The colour-blocking trend really  took off. When fashion designers like Yves Saint Laurent adopted this  aesthetic in their own designs. When the trend hit London it then became known as mod fashion.

Colour-blocking is different from how people usually dress because the colours in the outfit are often bolder and louder, or colours that clash. Traditionally it is wearing two colours at opposite sides of the colour wheel. However even wearing big blocks of matching or similar colours can be considered colour-blocking today.

This post gives you 5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking your outfit.

 

5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

1. Be careful with the colour near your face

You can wear any colour you wish whilst colour blocking but always make sure that the colour near your face suits your skin tone and doesn’t make you look washed out.

5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

2. Stick to bold colours

For some reason wearing blocks of pastel shades never really classifies itself as colour-blocking. The whole point behind the concept is to be seen. To be daring and know you will be noticed.

5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

3. Repeat the colours

Repeating a colour within the outfit always makes it seem more put together. Green shoes, coat and the green in the bag show that the green in this outfit was no mistake.

Note the yellow also repeats itself in both sort and bags. These bags are from Swiss based, Dutch born artist Caroline Dechamby – check out her lovely collection of limited bags here.

4. Team the colours with a neutral

When putting together your colour-block outfit team it with a neutral colour like grey or black. Jeans will also always work as a neutral.

5 simple tricks to mastering the art of colour-blocking

5. Limit to three colours per outfit

Traditionally you should wear no more than three colours at a time when colour-blocking.  Too many colours will diminish the overall effect.

The bag has bits of pink on it however I still haven’t broken the three colour rule as the denim is a neutral.

 

Outfit details:

Coat – Tara Jarmon (old) (current green coat here)

Shirt – Ralph Lauren (available here)

Jeanssimilar here

Shoes – L.K. Bennet (available here)

Glasses – Loewe (available here in black)

Bags – Caroline Dechamby (available here)

 

 


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Hi! I’m Yvonne, a 40 something (wink) Kiwi, living in Zurich. I love fashion, travel, shopping and food – believing chocolate will cure almost anything!

8 Comments
  1. very interesting love your colour blocking and those colours are for sure look superb thank you

    1. Thanks dear Nancy.
      I love that coat too. It’s a few years old now but I still love it the same.
      xoxo

  2. Such good tips! I absolutely love the colors and how they match perfectly with your bag. So unique and perfect for spring!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

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