The Art of Color Blocking

Anyone who is into fashion loves the runway. They love the tall, chic models, the bright, extravagant outfits, and the high-class clientele who flood the first row. However, not only does the average person not have $1000 to spend on a feathered top, they also have nowhere to wear it to. 

But there is a sophisticated trend that lives on that even us common folk can utilize without looking ridiculous – and that trend is color blocking. Color blocking is sunny, fun, corporate-friendly in the correct pieces, and interesting. Read on below to learn how to use color blocking this Friday… or hell, get a little crazy and use it next Monday. 

1. Use classic shapes. If you’ve got a bright green shirt covered with frills and bows and ribbons and yellow polka dots, it may not work for work. But if you’re pairing a simple black top with simple pink pants, you’ll be chic without the ridiculousness. Stick to basic shapes like button downs, straight leg pants, and blazers. 

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2. Pick your neutral. You can’t wear a blue top, yellow pants, and pink shoes… unless you work at the circus. But, you can wear that blue top and yellow pants if you have a neutral that you can put with the majority of pieces – for example, with black heels and a black blazer, these crazy color tie in together and will make you, and your boss, feel a whole lot more comfortable. 

3. Clash. You don’t only have to match reds with blacks or purples with oranges – you can play with shades, too, in a way that used to scream clash. I don’t know why, but this no-no has now become a convenient irony. Match light pinks with dark pinks, light blues with dark blues, and play up your jewelry. 

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4. Utilize basic colors. The closer you are to a color of a rainbow, the better off you’ll be. A funny-colored light orange may have a hard time working with another color, but a classic blue or red can’t go wrong. Choose pieces not only in basic shapes, but basic colors, too. 

5. Throw in a print. Got yourself a boring striped tee or polka dotted shirt? Perfect. Pair these black and white patterns with brights for a modern look. 

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