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Colour-block like a pro

By Tobi Awodipe
16 October 2021   |   2:56 am
Colour blocking is a refreshing way of bringing a variety of many different colours to an outfit. It was very popular in the 1960s and in the 1980s and has come back with a boom.

Colour blocking is a refreshing way of bringing a variety of many different colours to an outfit.

It was very popular in the 1960s and in the 1980s and has come back with a boom. It involves putting many shades of the same colour or different colours to come up with a greatly coloured look. This look is not the easiest to pull of and to be a pro you must be able to do it without looking ridiculous. These tips will help ease the problem of blocking:


Choose a colour-blocking approach

Select one colour and decide to use darker and lighter shades of it together. If you choose this approach, you can chose three or more shades of the colour. Another way is to buy an outfit that has already been colour-blocked. This is easy because the designer of the outfit has already done the hard colour-blocking task for you or you can pick two to four colours and block them yourself. This can be very tricky, so ensure that the colours can go together.

Choose a colour scheme
If you chose the last option of going with a mixture of separates, you need some guidance. We needn’t bore you with all the theories and colour chats, instead, we will narrow them down to two basic methods that guarantee you a stunning look.

The complementary method involves using colours that are directly opposite each other in the colour wheel. If you are not a very colourful, bold and daring person, don’t try this, as the colours can be heavy. Analogous is the use of any three colours or more that are next to each other in the basic colour wheel.

Complete the block
A truly successful colour-blocking scheme is one where the wearer is also noticed, not just the blocking technique. Remember you are wearing the blocked colours they are not wearing, so no matter how pretty they look, they should not outdo you. The best way to ensure this is by pairing it with a neutral colour such as black or grey.

Wear matching jewellery
If you choose to go all the way with colours, it will be a good way to introduce jewellery in your closet. Ensure that your jewellery and dressing colour is matching or use the same shade. Additionally, use a handbag that has a neutral colour or one that matches your shoes to add a classy look.

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