LUXMIX Colour Blocking Basics 2018
Posted on 30 January 2018
It all started back in 1946 when Yves St. Laurent created a dress highly reminiscent and clearly inspired by Mondrian's work. According to the history of color-blocking, this usage of bold colours was a precedent, and one not so well received by broad audiences, particularly due to the fact that until then, mixing colours was done in a fairly understated way. The hues were subtle and not ‘out there’ so this piece was considered quite avant-garde and more appropriate for those extremely fashion-forward as opposed to the general public. Forward to 2018, and the ever fun and bold colour-blocking is has made a grand comeback, one particularly visible in spring as well as resort collections. Stripes and architectural colour-blocked patterns are all the rage again, and given how much life these pieces and techniques they can bring to your wardrobe, it’s high time you pick up on the basics and master the art today.
Follow the wheel
One of the essential steps towards mastering this trend is knowing your colours, and that is where the color wheel comes in highly useful. When looking at the wheel, there are two routes to take. First is choosing colours from the opposite sides (complementary ones), and the second is choosing similar hues that are positioned next to each other (analogous ones). While applying either of the two can result in an amazingly put-together outfit, there is a clear distinction. The first may result in an outfit that is a tad loud, which isn’t a bad thing, simply a matter of preference, while the other offers a more subdued, monochromatic result perfect for minimalists.
Here are 3 colour blocking tips for you
1). Taking The Minimal Route
This is a fairly easy feat as all you need to do is choose your base color and build your wardrobe by implementing different shades of the given color. For instance, if you opt for something classically minimal, such as a striped sweater, you can go with either a black or grey pair of trousers topped off with sleek silver accessories and a black/grey bag. On the other hand, if you gravitate more towards a certain dose of colour, the same principle applies – pick say a yellow sweater and pair it with mustard bottoms and even a burnt orange bag. As long as you stick to hues from the same side of the spectrum, you’re all good.
2). Go Big
Of course, there are always those who prefer playing with bold colors and experimenting with complementary ones. However, there are some basic principles of color-blocking to master in this aspect as well. The first one is to choose your base colour, and then follow your instincts. Don’t be afraid to mix reds and millennial pink, hot pink and even green. The main thing to consider when dabbing in such bold colour-mix is to find the shades that complement your skin tone perfectly. Not all reds are made equal, and not all greens will make the statement you want. Mix and match tirelessly and fiercely, just make sure you establish which hues suit you best beforehand.
3). Take The Easy Way
Mixing colour-blocking separates is fun and when done right, you can definitely turn heads for all the right reasons. However, there are days when you simply don’t have the time and energy to play with clothes and you just want to achieve the wow factor in an instant. Luckily, there are garments that have done all the work for you, such as colour-blocked shirts and blouses, dresses and other garments. There are thankfully, brands and designers who know colours and have already created the match made in heaven combinations for you, so if you find that great architectural or striped print in a blouse, all you need is a pair of trousers in a neutral hue and you are good to go.
The final two pieces of advice to keep in mind – never let the trend wear you. There are certain cuts and prints that aren’t equally flattering on all body types. Therefore, don’t feel pressured to wear, say, wide horizontal stripes if you know they don’t work for you. You already know your body, so choose the colour-blocking shapes and patterns that you know will do your body justice. If you know that rocking a single garment in multiple hues doesn’t work for you, you can still smartly combine your separates and achieve the same effect by following the trend in a way most complimentary to you. Finally, always know your audience and be smart when it comes to how much of a colour pop is appropriate for the given situation. Green and purple might work for a party, but it isn’t quite office-friendly.
Author: Mia Taylor