Fab Friday style tip: how to colour block

Nikki Parkinson Fashion 27 Comments

Everybody’s doing it, don’t you know?

Yesterday, I talked up the new minimalism of this season’s fashion offerings but today I’m all loud and proud.

Colour. Blocking.

Pretty colour blocking all in a row

Pretty colour blocking all in a row. Photo: Pinterest

The two very words that would have sent me cowering to the back of my tiny wardrobe two years ago, have me super excited in a “clashtastic” way (clashtastic being my new fave word I have borrowed from Styling You reader @evaiezzi … she may be able to tell you of its origins).

So what is colour blocking?

Key styling suggestions

1.  Start with one bright colour that you LOVE.  It’s going to be easy to pull together a colour-blocked outfit if it contains a colour that already gets you excited.  And … this one bright colour may be all you need for starters.

2.  If the thought of a brightly coloured dress, top or jacket has you shaking in your black winter boots, maybe start with a bright scarf and a handbag.

3.  As I featured yesterday with Trenery’s red and tan approach to colour blocking, a more timeless way to embrace this look would be to pare one bright colour back with a tan, black or white.

4.  Colour combinations I love:  navy and orange;  pink, red and black; watermelon, cobalt blue and yellow; tan and red; purple, teal and red; purple and pink.

5.  Don’t forget that “clashtastic” lip and nail:  think bright pink, orange or red.

Shopping suggestions

Colour blocking: spring 2011 - Witchery, Sacha Drake, Mimco, Samantha Wills, Sportsgirl, Metalicus, Saba

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1.  Witchery drape neck shirt $139.95; pleated front maxi skirt $149.95  |  2.  Sacha Drake Suki spliced tunic $219  |  3.  Mimco floatsam jetsam sunhat $79.95  |  4.  Samantha Wills high style ring $59  |  5. Sportsgirl Gaby satin wedge $99.95  |  6.  Witchery colour block bangle $49.95  |  7.  Sportsgirl stripe jersey tank dress $49.95   |  8.  Metalicus Phar Lap pleated skirt $179.95  |  9.  Saba jean jegging $129  | 10.  Metalicus Phar Lap cropped jacket $259.95  |  11.  Sacha Drake Lola dress $219

So, Stylers, put on your dark shades and amp up the colour in your wardrobe.  Are you ready? Do you have a favourite bright colour?

 

Comments 27

  1. Loooooving the colour blocking trend, so nice to see colour back in our lives (although its cold and raining today, feels like a grey-wearing day!)
    The combination of teal and sapphire blue has to be my fave I think! But do love the Trenery red-camel thing they have going on! xx

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  2. I’m loving navy and red (not together) right now!!
    Love, love, love the tunic!! Very tempted to buy for the races next weekend, just wondering though could it be too much material and make you look bigger?

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  3. OMG I adore that Sacha Drake tunic…but I am banned from spending $$…oh my! Looking forward to playing around with colour blocking. One thing I did notice when I was in the states is that they are moving on from brights to pastels very swiftly so i fear my cobalt jeans will languish in the closet for a daughter to grow into. Buying clothes/shoes now so they’ll be vintage for your kids is still a good excuse right? Tatum xx

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  4. I have my first ever launch party to attend in Sept for a Melbourne desinger JASONGRECH I’m very excited, was going to wear black with a bright colour eel skin clutch in red or my favorite turquoise, but if I can find something in my size might go a teal and red combination and be daring for the first time in my life.

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  5. Did you know I actually LOVE red and pink together. I used to kinda spruce up my school uniform with ribbons and ties al la Punky Bruster and pink and red were one of my faves to match.
    I was told often that they should never be matched together, but meh, sometimes you have to set your own fashion.
    I am excited to get colour blocking! I love colour. It can pick up your mood and your outfit.
    I’m still too scared to wear a lipstick though.

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  6. Yay, I’m famous! Haha. When I said clashtastic I meant clashing, but in a fantastic way – so you’re definitely using it correctly! I’ve banned myself from buying any more black, white or grey clothes. Colour blocking is the way forward

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  7. I want everything in the pictures. But #2 and #7 are my favourite. i love a singlet mini for throwing over my cossies in summer! And that tunic – helllooooo – that has I’m a keynote speaker written all over it. 😉

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  8. Gorgeous! I’m excited! I think I’ve heard of Sacha Drake before but I’ve not been on her website. She may be recieving a large portion of my money soon. Those dresses are divine and so my style. Thanks for this great post Nikki!

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