Be bold: Master the art of colour blocking

 By Esho Wemimo

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The colour block trend is has been around for a while now, and has been a staple on red carpets everywhere. Wearing the trend however, is not as simple as it seems.

 Color blocking is wearing strategically placed complimentary yet contrasting bold colours in one outfit. It’s also referred to as colour clash or dual tones. It’s not an easy trend to pull off, as some people’s clothing contain neutral hues as contrast to the bold mix and match of brightly coloured clothing and accessories that is the colour block trend.

Opposite of matching up.

Using the colour wheel it can help you colour block to score.


1.         Keep colours in the same shade, pastels with pastels and electrics

with electrics.

2.         Colours opposite from each other e.g. yellow-green and violet

3.         Colours lined next to each other e.g. orange, orange-red or red.

4.         Colours at right angles e.g. red and violet

5.         Colors that form the T-shape on the colour wheel e.g. violet, orange-red, red.

It’s important to remember that while trying to rock the colour block trend to note the following tips:

1.         Never combine two coloured blocked items.

2.         Stick to two to three colours.

3.         When in doubt, keep it simple.

4.         Don’t accessorize your bags, shoes and belts in the same shade and colour as your outfit, that trend died a while ago.

5.         Pick a neutral colour and then set if off with a bold colour.

6.         Don’t add stripes and florals to a colour blocked outfit.

7.         Metallic accessories can be used to tone the outfit down and also allow the colours pop.

8.         If you’re a bit shy try colour blocked accessories first, then build your confidence upwards.

Some colour blocked combos for you to try out:

Pink & yellow,

Orange & blue,

 Green & black,

Purple & yellow

 Red & blue

Turquoise & mustard yellow

Purple & pink

Neon pink &cobalt blue

 Neon green & hot pink

Green and navy blue

Lilac, pink & yellow

Purple, red & black

Bright pink & grey

 Black, turquoise & sky blue

Fuchsia pink, orange and black

Grey & neon yellow

The colour block trend is one that always turns heads if the colours are well “blocked”. If your wardrobe consists of mostly neutral tones, get on up and add some colour.

About the author: Wemimo is sociology major, blogger and aspiring journalist. Music lover, contributor with the aim of owning a 5000 square foot wardrobe and ridding the world of carrot jeans. I have an ardent passion for top quality art, fashion and books.


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