I’ve had many people ask me how I do color blocking and make it look chic instead of looking like a home décor. Believe it or not, there are some color matches that may look great for home décor but wouldn’t look good on a person. So today I want to talk about some rules to fashion color blocking to look chic!
Rule 1: Don’t overdo it. Keep it between 2-4 colors max
Rule 2: Make sure each piece is solid colors and not patterns, otherwise it would be too busy. It’s either color block on one piece or different pieces but in solid colors.
Rule 3: Use bold contrast colors but do add some pieces that is similar colors that is lighter or darker.
Example: if you are wearing dark blue top, you can add a baby blue necklace; or if you are wearing red top, you can add pink necklace.
Rule 4: Make sure some pieces are neutral colors such as shoes, belts, bags or jewelry, etc…
Example: if you are wearing bold gem colored clothes (Sapphire blue top and Ruby red velvet pants, then shoes can be silver or black); if you are wearing a Ruby red dress, then you can wear neutral beige colored shoes (patent leather preferred) and neutral colored necklace or earrings but big white, blue or pink belt and a bold colored purse to finish the color blocking (or vice versa, bold colored jewels and neutral colored purse and shoes).
Rule 5: if you see great color match on furniture or home décor, that doesn’t mean it will look great on your body. Some home décor colors that will make you look like you are part of the home decors are:
- Baby blue and brown
- Red and brown
- Any color with brown, because I think brown should stay as a home décor color and not on clothes
- Pastel color blocks that looks like Easter Eggs
- Black, grey color blocking – what’s the point? The whole purpose to color blocking is to make it fun and chic. You can wear clothes that are black and grey but do not put those colors in a color blocking outfit.
Rule 6: make it fun! When in doubt, use bold gem colored pieces. Here are some outfits I’ve worn before:
- One of my outfits is a Blue gem shirt, Red velvet pants, pink shoes and baby blue necklace with black purse (neutral color).
- Another outfit is a white shirt, pink pants, red belt, clear crystal bib necklace, red shoes, and light green purse (with this outfit, I kept my shirt, and necklace neutral colored). So it is always important to keep some pieces neutral so you don’t look like a clown. And always try on the colors, because you will always see better when all the pieces are on your body.
- Black pants, red clutch, light gold flats, pink coat, and turquoise nails! I love this outfit!! Take a look at the outfit here: https://www.instagram.com/p/2Ci6BZvOWd/
The idea to color blocking is to have fun and make it chic. Play with the colors and try them on, because it may look good in your mind, but it may not necessarily look in actuality. You have to be comfortable wearing those colors and it doesn’t have to be a whole bunch of colors, even 2 colors would work as long as you carry it well! I hope this helps, but if you have questions or want more details, please feel free to put in the comment below and I will respond!
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