LookFile #2 – SS2011 Colour-Blocking


I’m sure by now you would have noticed that a hot favourite trend of SS2011 is colour-blocking. What’s not to like right? Simply mix, match, layer. Voila! You get a traffic-stopping look that is extremely on trend at the moment. But do beware of over-doing it.

*Images from My Fashion Life (top row) and Asos (bottom row)

Here are the Top 5 Tips for Colour-Blocking from Dress With Confidence. As long as you stick by these ‘rules’, you’ll be fine.

1) Wear colours which suit you

This is a key point. Colours worn on your top half, or anywhere near your face, reflect light upwards and this has a huge impact on your overall appearance. The right colours will enhance your complexion, bring out the colour in your eyes and make you look more youthful and generally radiant. The wrong colours can of course do the exact opposite, making your skin look dull and grey and often adding on years. If a colour is very poorly suited to you then you can even look unhealthy

You know you’re wearing the right colour when:
– Your face appears to be lit from underneath
-Your skins appears smoother, fresher and younger
-Eye colour is enhanced
– You notice YOU more than the colour

2) Avoid detail

Keep the look clean and simple. Any excessive detail such as frills or lots of pockets takes something away from the impact of the overall look. You can still accessorise though with brightly coloured costume jewellery or a block colour scarf.

3) Get the colour combinations right

Actually this is relatively easy as pretty much anything goes. It looks most striking when the colours are all bright, ideally this should be the most dominant colour characteristic of everything you’re wearing. For example bright red worn with bright pink or bright green has more of an impact than if worn with a pastel shade.

4) Choose the right fabrics

This is crucial. You must stand tall with your shoulders back and a smile on your face so it’s clear you’re happy to be noticed. Make no mistake, colour blocking will get you noticed! For those of you who are a bit less brave, go for a brightly coloured top with jeans and accessorise with a scarf or jewellery in contrasting colours. However you chose to “colour block” have fun with it. It should look AND feel good.

5) Wear with confidence

This is crucial. You must stand tall with your shoulders back and a smile on your face so it’s clear you’re happy to be noticed. Make no mistake, colour blocking will get you noticed! For those of you who are a bit less brave, go for a brightly coloured top with jeans and accessorise with a scarf or jewellery in contrasting colours.
However you chose to “colour block” have fun with it. It should look AND feel good.

Here are 2 looks i put together, i hope they will inspire you to start rocking the colour-blocking trend. Enjoy! 😀

Visit these online shops to get this look:

1) Green striped T-shirt from Zipia

2) Blue shorts from Forever 21

3) Yellow satchel and wedges from Zipia

Visit these online shops to get this look:

1) Red & Blue jumpsuit from The Green Corn

2) Green satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company

3) Green wedges from Zipia

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