Colour Blocking Trend Spring/Summer 2012

If you are as excited as I am that Spring is finally here, I have the perfect way to celebrate this new season. It is called Colour Blocking!

Colour blocking refers to wearing ‘blocks’ or a combination of different solid colours together in one outfit. Colours can be mixed, matched or clashed for maximum effect. It starts with effective colour blocking, which means wearing a single bold colour from head to toe. You can pair two or three contrasting colours – anything more than four is excessive.  Wear brights with brights and pastels with pastels – it’s the safest way to experiment with colour and get it right the first time round.

There are two ways to do the Colour Blocking trend this season.

 Bold or contrasting Colour Blocking:

 Choose bright, distinct colours from completely opposite sides of the spectrum and pair them up. The look is fresh, bright and perfect for summer.

Although colour blocking is perfect for an ‘anything goes’ approach, there are still some guidelines you might want to follow.

To get the colour block trend right, you have to know which colours complement each other best. When colour blocking your outfits, try out these combinations:

Analogous colours, which are any three colours lined up next to each other on the colour wheel. Example: blue, blue-violet and violet.
Complementary colours. These are colours placed directly opposite each other on the wheel. Like red and green or yellow and violet.
90 degree angles. Combine colours that are at a right angle with each other. Example: Orange-yellow and green or red and violet.
T colours. These are colours that form a ‘T’ shape. Like yellow, purple and orange-red.
Jewel Colours are equally rich and flatter each other, such as emerald green and ruby red.
Keep colours in the same saturation. Pastels with pastels, neons with neons.
Pink trick. You can substitute ‘pink’ for ‘red’ and use all the same combinations.


It’s good to anchor your outfit with a neutral colour like black, white, grey or beige. You can also finish the look by using a summer scarf with the same colours as your outfit, for instance an orange loose fitting top with a green skinny jean and finish off the look by wearing a summer scarf with the orange and green. You can finish it off by painting your nails a separate bold colour or wearing bright, chunky accessories in solid colours.

Ice Cream colour blocking:

This year you can also combine soft Ice cream colours to create the Colour Blocking effect. Combine peach pink with duck egg and finish off the look by wearing pastel or tan coloured accessories.

Pastels are really easy to wear, this season. No rules – it’s casual daywear at its best. Offset sorbet hues with something white, or go all out in head-to-toe pastel colour blocking.

If you’re still a little colour shy, you can start off with a bright handbag, necklace, head band or belt. This trend is such a fun and exciting way to experiment with different colour combinations. It’s up to you to interpret it according to your personal style.

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