Style Magazine - - Colour Blocking -

In the warmer months we are quite nat­u­rally drawn to brighter colours, or sim­ply larger blocks of colour. A great tech­nique to in­cor­po­rate into your per­sonal styling is colour block­ing, made pop­u­lar in the 60s and again in the 80s. This trend can be used sub­tly with ac­ces­sories or colour-blocked pat­terns, or in larger blocks of colour such as a whole skirt and shirt com­bi­na­tion for a more bold sum­mer look. There are three main ways you can use this trend.

1) Monochro­matic:

Us­ing one colour for your whole look, but in vary­ing shades. For ex­am­ple, a dark ruby red, a lighter more salmon coloured red, and an elec­tric red.

2) Mix­ing:

This uses pieces of cloth­ing of dif­fer­ent colours, how­ever try to limit to no more than four colours in one out­fit.

3) Stand alone:

This in one piece of cloth­ing that al­ready has colour block­ing as part of its de­sign. If you are go­ing to use the mix­ing tech­nique make sure you com­plete the look with neu­trals and nudes. The last thing you want is to look like a seg­mented rain­bow, so keep­ing the bolder colours balanced with more sub­dued shades is key here. Make sure to try the out­fit in a full-length mir­ror be­fore you step out, and ex­per­i­ment with a few dif­fer­ent shade com­bi­na­tions. When worn well, this trend cer­tainly puts a spring in your step and you will find that hap­pi­ness of bright sum­mer colours is in­fec­tious.

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