When I think of Colour block the first thing that pops into my head is the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. He’s known for his contribution to abstract art through works in which he used only straight lines. Also used the three primary colours and values. His colour block paintings are just exquisite and remind me so much of this dress I am wearing. Although this maxi dress has more than the three primary colours Mondrian used in his paintings you can see where the inspiration came from. The main principle of the colour blocking trend is the combination of different colours and hues. With that in mind here is my take on this trend.
This 80’s trend was a hit in 2010 and 2011, and as expected it is back again. There was no lack of neutral-meets-vibrant pairings on runways. Instead there was purples and orange, fluorescents with saturated shades from the opposite side of the colour wheel, giving it an edgier vibe with eye-catching monochromatic mixing and pairing of colours. The rules of matching this colour with that no longer applies here! Instead the aim is to find two, three or four shades that clash and contrast each other just enough to look intentional.
In the world of Mum, the boys will be back at school in two days, of course not all of them are looking forward to going back. I know I’m not ready for the morning drop offs just yet. Eli will be in year seven, Wyatt in year six and Zeke in year four. Wow where has the time gone, it just seems to be wizzing by year after year! I know everyone says that they grow up real quick but it isn’t until you are going through it your self that you realise how fast.
Back to my ensemble at hand and this beautiful work of art, well it is in my opinion. This maxi colour block dress from French Connection, I purchased this a few years back and happy to see that the trend is still going strong. Although this time around its more about sticking to two, three or four colours, i.e red and pink, green, red and blue, you get the idea. Having said that, If you’re like me there is no need to stick to the rules, go for as many colours as you desire as long as they compliment each other.
My dress has spaghetti straps that ties at the shoulders with a deep plunging neck line. I am not exaggerating when I say the dress has a deep plunge, you can see for yourself! The dress comes in a little shorter at the front. Therefore, allowing me to walk briskly without having to hold up my dress at the same time.
Next I opted for my Carrera sunglasses in white with the red trim at the front and side. Wanted to pick up the white from the dress in a subtle way and therefore opted for this pair rather than my River Island ones. As for my makeup it’s all kept minimal and I wore my Lime Crime Velvetines nude lipstick in the shade Teddy Bear. A gorgeous mauve nude that is matt and one that does not leave my lips dry. I wore my favourite summer colour on my nails from OPI in the shade “I believe in Manicures”. Finally finishing off with my hair being pulled back into a low bun.
Here are a few other ways to try colour blocking:
Red and Fuchsia: When it comes to colour pairing this is one of my favourites. The two colours work so well together and compliment each other. The key to mastering this look is to stick to the two colour-block pieces and embrace unexpected layering to create maximum impact.
Orange and Purple: This is very similar to red and fuchsia and also compliment each other rather well!
Green and Red: Take your cue from Gucci who paired these colours together. I absolutely adore the pairing whether it is on one garment like the blazer below or you pair two garments together.
Thank you so much for stopping by to read my fashion blog. Do you like the colour block trend? What is your favourite way to style this trend? What are the colours you prefer to style with? Please do let me know by leaving a comment below.
Colour Block Dress: French Connection similar here
Sunglasses: Carrera Similar here
Lipstick: Lime Crime Velvetines
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