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The Art of Color Blocking

Posted on June 17 2019

Heard the term 'Color Blocking' being used in relation to fashion but unsure as to what it actually means?  

Color blocking is when block colors that are opposites on the color wheel have been paired together to make unique, fresh and complementary color combinations. These days the paired colors can be just as complimentary as they are opposite.  It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.  It was a popular trend back in the 1960’s and then again in the 1980’s. But we are finding it to be extremely popular again in current fashion trends. 

Here are 3 ways you can color block your outfits. 

1) Work out what approach you would like to take.  You can do a variety of things with color, but you may want to start by identifying what type of look you are after.  

Monochromatic = one color throughout entire outfit in different hues.

Separates = mix garments of contrasting (2-4) colors.

Stand-Alone = one color-blocked garment or accessory where the designer has already done all the work for you.

Our Linen Color Block Scooped Neck Tank is a good example of a 'Separates' color block. It's a delightfully feminine tank in contrasting front panels with decorated covered buttons on each side. The top falls a bit longer at the back than at the front, which flatters the figure. 

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2) Let color blocking bring attention to your best assets.

The color blocking technique is a statement style that can help you bring attention to your best features, and help to tone down the parts of your figure you may struggle with (eg. hips). You can select color in areas that will flatter you, or thin your overall look. 

Color blocked stripes and patterns are a great way to add depth to an outfit and color up the right areas of your overall look.  The key is in the placement of stripes/shapes on your body.

Our Linen Button Back Opening Color Block Sleeveless Tunic offers a new twist on the classic color block sleeveless tunic with sea shell button back detailing opened at the waist line.  It has a cocktail hemline which is slightly slanted and can help add extra shape where you feel you are missing it.  We recommend you match it with leggings or flare leg linen pants to complete your new look.

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3) Use your favourite colors to your advantage. 

There will no doubt be colors that you know work well with your skin color and type.  Consider what colors might be opposites on the color wheel and find a few new colors that might work with what you have.  Adding extra color and textures adds depth to your outfits.  Consider adding multi-colored or multi-textured accessories to your outfit. 

It's best to use at least 2 colors. You can begin with one bold color in your outfit and the second bold color in accessories.  You may even want to add a neutral like black, grey, tan or white to the mix.  Layering is also a great way to color block your colors, and always use the brightest closest to your face to help brighten you!

Our Linen Double Layer Asymmetric A-line Sleeveless Dress is a layered maxi tank top linen dress, featuring hand stitching along the back with asymmetric hemline detailing

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