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Trend Report: Fashion Building [Color] Blocks

One of the hottest looks this season is color and print blocking. While very daring and riské, combining bold colors and prints is a fashionista’s dream that revels in the beauty that is color.

What exactly is color blocking you ask? Color blocking is integrating two, three or more vivid colors in clothes to create a powerful look. It is a remarkable way to express creativity but please exercise caution when carryout this trend, as mixing the wrong colors will likely have you looking more like the comedian Sinbad during the 90s rather than a sophisticated fashionista.

Here are some tips on how to rock color blocking for your lovely curves.

1) Three’s Company. It’s best not to overdo different colors. While, I’m all for self-expression and wearing whatever makes you happy, it’s more appealing to just use as many as three colors in an outfit. Any more will have you looking like a spokesperson for the rainbow coalition (not that there’s anything wrong with that). Just be careful not to overstate this fun look. Better to be bright and vivid than look a human skittles bag.


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2) Compare and contrast. Don’t be afraid to combine colors that you normally would not pair together. While runway color blocking looks can be translated as over-the-top, you can still combine bright hues together for a more street-friendly look. Just remember to try an unexpected mix of colors such as pink and red, or turquoise and mint like this vintage Xanadu dress (think shades of any primary color).

Xanadu dress

3) Compliment your curves! Use color blocking and certain prints to flatter your body. Try mixing a brightly colored top and a contrasting scarf to draw the eyes towards your face. Lines can also enhance your curves. While lines can sometimes widen the body, when styled and put together correctly blocks can elongate your curves like these dresses from Oasis .

Color blocking dresses by Oasis

4) White and black won’t talk back. Not much for color? No worries. I can relate to all you ebony-wearing fashionistas, as black creeps into my outfit almost everyday. If you’re not into strong colors this season, try color blocking with black and white like this Ponte Knit Sheath Dress. This specific pattern is very complimenting to a curvy body and there’s no fear of looking like a giant rocket pop.

Knit Sheath Dress by Ponte

5) When in doubt, accessorize. Again, if you’re afraid of mixing bold prints and colors on principle pieces like tops, jackets and pants, try smaller items like shoes or a fun purse. I encourage you to try fun colors and prints but if you’d like to ease your way into the color-blocking world, accessorizing with shoes or purses like these will be your best bet.

Image from Beautify-Flr.

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