You’ve heard it in fashion magazines and maybe entertainment channels on the television. You’ve probably seen pictures from runway shows or random celebrities donning the style. You’ve come across some friends or acquaintances who are able to pull it off. Yet, when we say, “colour blocking”, you have absolutely no idea what we’re on about. And perhaps you think we’re talking about some sort of hair trend.
“Colour blocking” is a styling technique that hasn’t quite been picked up by the masses (here). Only because it involves a lot of colour knowledge (especially the colour wheel) and a bit of bravery for the fear of people thinking that you’re either colourblind or that you got dressed in the dark. The whole point of “colour blocking” is to combine colours that support and complement each other.
Sounds simple enough.
But not all of us have taken a class in design or art. So here’s what you need to know before you walk out that door decked in too-daring-for-daylight colours.
1. Some colours pair effortlessly well with each other (refer to the colour wheel above). For example, the primary colours (red, yellow, and blue) will go well with the secondary colours (green, purple, and orange).
2. Always consider tint (colours mixed with white) and shade (colours mixed with black) when attempt to “colour block”.
3. Different tints and different shades create different results. Thus, pair your tinted or shaded gear with other tints or shades.
4. To be safe, start your “colour block” with simple things like a top or a jacket. Once you’ve gotten the hang of not outrageously clashing your outfit, then you’re all good to experiment with the rest of your wardrobe!
Got a random red top lying around and an (untouched for months) orange skirt? Give your wardrobe a total makeover without having to fork out a lump sum of money.
Have fun complementing colours!