Thursday, April 12, 2012

Colour-Blocking in theory and practice

Colour-blocking is still trendy this spring/summer, so here is how to pull it off.

1- warm-cold

The colour-wheel is a handy tool for styling your outfit. It`s simple;

Pick two colours from the same family (warm or cold) for clothing and add one flashy accessory or shoe in a complementary hue. Pair one primary colour with it`s secondary colour.

1- complimentary-colours

An example; let`s say you picked a pink blouse and a dark blue skirt (both from the cold colours side), you should pair them with orange shoes (or bag), since orange is the secondary colour to dark blue.

Purple, orange & pink
Dress: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, bag: Salvatore Ferragamo, shoes: Elie Saab

Remember that colour-blocking requires bright colours. Neutral colours (black, white, grey) don`t count. Wearing a white shirt to red pants works but is not colour-blocking. Neither is wearing a grey shirt to black pants and white shoes.

Red, pink & blue
Dress: Vivienne Westwood, box clutch: Roberto Cavalli, shoes: Joop


- Wear with simple make-up and simple hair do (open hair, bobs, buns or simple pony-tails work best).
- Colour-block the same colour-intensity. Pair pastel with pastel and neon with neon but don`t wear a neon purse to a pastel dress.
Green, magenta & orange
Dress & jacket: Burberry Prorsum, clutch: Elie Saab


- Mix too many colours (4 or more), you don`t want to look like a parrot.
- Mix colour-blocking with other trends like metallics or print-mixing.
- Wear big jewellery, flashy nails or strong make-up with it.

Turquoise, dark blue & orange
Coat: Burberry, box clutch: Roberto Cavalli, pumps: Alexander McQueen

Red & pink (+ neutrals)
Blouse: Burberry Tailoring, pants: 7 For All Mankind, aliceband: Monki, bag: Roberto Cavalli, shoes: Joop

Pink, green & orange
Dress: Vivienne Westwood, bag: Etro, shoes: Alexander McQueen

Pink, yellow & dark blue
Blouse: Monki, skirt: Lauren by Ralph Lauren, shoes & bag: Elie Saab

Blue & orange (+ neutrals)
Blouse: Monki, pants: 7 For All Mankind, bag: Salvatore Ferragamo, shoes: Alexander McQueen

All looks styled by Jenny.

Pictures are property of the respective brands.

Which of the looks is your favourite and which would you wear yourself?
Are you colour-blocking this season? If so, what are your favourite colour-combinations?


  1. Honestly I love them all! I don't honk I can pick just one. I have already been experimenting with bright colors this season, but I find in practice color blocking is hard to pull off. It looks great in photos but in real life it's rather shocking. I think whenever one does something loud it must be perfect, and getting the mix just right is hard, especially if one isn't wearing designer quality clothing.

  2. Wow, some of these outfits are really cute. My favorite is the turquoise coat with the salmon heel.

  3. Thank you for this fabulous, straight forward tutorial, and great work with the ensembles! Looking forward to keeping tabs now on you blog!... I've subscribed via email.

    Regards, Whitley Adkins Hamlin
    (new IFB member)

  4. I love the blue and orange look a lot - but my favorite one is probably the pink, yellow & dark blue! Very cute!


  5. Great post! I love the set with the turquoise trench!

  6. Very informative! I love the looks too-my favorite is the orange and blue!