Color blocking doesn’t have to be scary

My latest client had a really fun, colorful wardrobe, which led us to the subject of how to color block correctly. Mixing colors can completely enliven your look… if done the right way.

To start off, block only two colors at a time. Mixing jewel tones is a safe bet, as most of them complement each other. You can also try coral and turquoise, or yellow and blue. Then, the rest of your palette should remain neutral.

My client had a darling pair of burnt orange sandals–which she had no idea what to do with–that we used in a bunch of end-of-summer outfits. Above, we paired with a bold blue skirt and then baby pink jeans. In both ensembles, we added a grey jacket and muted tee. The neutral addition anchors the colors and makes the whole look more accessible.

For color blocking in the body of an outfit, remember the same two-color rule, and opt for colors that aren’t crazy bright. Above we used a purple with the same blue skirt, and then added jewelry and shoes that were neutral and minimal.

If you want to start out slowly, try using a shoe, scarf, or piece of jewelry as the source of one of your two colors. Then, as you get more adventurous, bring the concept into your main pieces. For more color blocking ideas, check out the fun stuff we did with Jennifer’s wardrobe earlier in the summer.


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