Guess who else has mastered the art of color blocking, and can execute it flawlessly? Lupita!
Color blocking basics
You’re going for epic. You want to look grand, to be the best dressed person in the room.
Color blocking is discarding the need for invisibility, it is avoiding the safe and the unnoticeable.
Do 2 or 3 colors. 4 might be too much
2 is a good start, 3 is a bold outfit, at 4, make the 4th color neutral.
If you do go for 3 colors, have the third color on an accessory such as a belt, or on a overarching outfit such as a coat — this way, the third color will occupy more visual space and help bring your outfit together
To achieve the epic effect you’re looking for, choose complementary or analogous colors. Some of our favorite combinations include eggplant and pumpkin spice (and perhaps a blue accessory or coat), blue and gold, mustard yellow and tangerine (and a blue overcoat), yellow and emerald green, yellow and cobalt blue, red and burgundy, and even red and fuchsia!
Solids, not patterns. Vibrant, not dull
Solid colors are the best way to pull off a well-defined color-blocked outfit since patterns will almost always feature other colors that do not fit in your block.
To further achieve powerful visual impact, opt for just as powerful or vibrant hues. We have in mind burgundies, reds, emerald greens — see our board above for inspiration.
Break the first rule
We know we said epic, but looking clownish at your work place or at an event is the last thing you want. Moreover, you don’t want your outfit to draw attention to itself; you want it to draw attention to you — let clothes serve the woman, not the other way round?
If you love colors but want to play safe, color block your accessories instead — a yellow clutch with a cobalt blue dress, or a blue shirt on wide-legged pants in red? And if you’re going for just bold enough, small blocked parts will do – consider a red A-line skirt, with a wide fuchsia stripe along the hem for instance
If color blocking goes wrong and your 2-color blocked outfit feels uncoordinated, add an accessory or outerwear in a solid third color that either fits in with the other 2, or is neutral.