Trends: Color-Blocking

Color blocking isn’t new — the trend’s been a part of fashion’s conscious for a few years now, but it’s still so fresh. Something about the crisp lines of separation between colors is so sharp and sassy, and it serves as an accessory in itself.

Labels such as Fendi, Bottega Veneta and Narciso Rodriguez brought color blocking’s graphic motifs to their pre-fall collections and we love the soft neutrals mixed with bold pinks, reds and oranges just as much as we love the classic black and white blocking. But more specifically, there are a trio of reasons we’re crazy about color-blocking:

» Anyone can do it. No really, anyone. Sure there are so many items that have hints of color blocking, but even if you’re super broke and don’t have money to buy anything new, you can riff off of the trend by creatively layering a few of your favorite solid-colored go-to pieces. It’s that easy.

» It’s flattering. Insecure of your hips? Block dark colors over that area. Wish legs looked longer? use vertical blocking in your pants. Simple attention to the areas that you want to focus on or avoid can turn color-blocking into instant satisfaction.

» It’s bold without being over the top. If you’re sick of the florals and patterns lining your closet, color blocking can be a quick fix to pulling off a more subtle bold look. It’s not busy, elaborate or clashing, but it definitely demands attention.

+ Three Ways to Wear It

» Day: A simple color blocked blouse is the perfect way to show off your bold personality in a simple way. Paired with black chinos and a black carry-all bag and you’ve got a great look for the office.

THE SHOPPER: Blush diagonal color block shirt, $49 at Dorothy Perkins. Chinos, $25 at H&M. Large A satchel, $350 at Kate Spade Saturday. Rockstud noir slingback, $1,075 at Valentino.

» Night: Serve up fortune-teller chic with this trendy turban hat, simple one strap heels and a trapeze-shaped color blocked dress. The simple dark color scheme begs for red lipstick, winged liner and a night out on the town.

THE SHOPPER: CURVE Exclusive swing dress in color block, $48 at ASOS. Michael Antonio “Taheri” sandals, $40 at DSW Shoes. Turban hat with brooch, $29 at ASOS.

» Weekend: Relax on the weekends with a subtle hint of color blocking. These shorts from are affordable and have a cool, acid-washed tone to their colors. A flowy white tee brings unmatched comfort, and simple wedges bring a hint of sophistication to the laid-back look.

THE SHOPPER: Truly Madly Deeply off-the-shoulder tee, $34 at Urban Outfitters. Color-blocked denim shorts, $20 at Forever 21. Brash “Rory” high-wedge sling sandals, $24 at Payless.

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About Christine Elizabeth Cauthen

My name is Christine, and I love all things music, writing and fashion. I'm a graduate of the University of Missouri with a major in magazine editing and a minor in Sociology. I love to read, watch documentaries about the ocean and have stimulating conversations with friends. Say hello.

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