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Color Blocking - A How To Guide

Hi everyone, how are you doing?

Is that an eye roll I see for a color blocking post in 2018? It better not be!

Interestingly, this is one of the first posts I thought of when I was still playing around with the idea of starting a Fashion and Style back in 2014. After I saw Sarah of Princess Audu's post here, I remembered I had these pictures lying around and concluded it was finally time to bring this post to life.

I do realize that color blocking as a trend is pretty much in the past now but you will agree with me that figuring out what colors go with what is a life saving knowledge to have. Okay, maybe not lifesaving but you do get my point? Aha? Aha!

When posed with a varying array of colors to work into an outfit, your first thought would be to play it safe by pairing with solids such as black and white or neutrals such as beige and nude. But, that's hardly the extent to which you can go.

Let's dig in!

Using the color wheel as a rule of thumb, colors opposite each other are complementary. Two or three colors that are four spaces apart form a triad and shades beside one another are analogous.

Going by that, a green and red combination is safe, purple and mustard is safe, as well as an all shades of purple ensemble like the one I have on my Instagram here.

It is important to note that the complementary and triad methods might be jarring to the eyes but the analogous method is much more harmonious.

Basically, there are three simple approaches to color blocking:

The Monochromatic Approach which employs the analogous rule. This is most likely the safest approach because it almost always comes out right.

The Separates Approach which  mixes two or more garments or accessories of contrasting colors like what I have on in these pictures. This might be somewhat difficult to put together considering that while colors might look good on the color wheel, they might not necessarily look good together on a person.

The Standalone Approach which is also a safe method, employs outfits that have already been mixed and matched by the designer.

After picking out an approach that suits your style, complete your look with neutrals - shoes, accessories, bags and belts.

A few things to keep in mind with this tricky trend are:

Avoid prints: Playing around with colors is bold enough. Stick to solids to keep it simple and sophisticated.

Don't go overboard: This is one of the few times that I subscribe to less being more. A 2-3 color combination does it. Anything more than that is just looking for trouble.

Pay attention to your skin-tone: Only pick colors that suit your skin tone -whether warm or cool and colors that flatter your body type. If you have a voluptuous bosom, keep colors on the upper part of  your body dark to give off a smaller illusion and the reverse if your bottom half is fuller.

That's about it people! Did you find this helpful? What other tricks do you have for styling colors and what are your favorite unconventional color combinations?

Do share with us in the comment section!

Until Next Time,

It's Tee


  1. I'm sorry bit all these English you've written I don't understand neither will I I'll just gan look for this cardigan and this trouser and wear too...dazzall

  2. Oh! And you look lovely as always.

  3. Okay Thonia this is a lot to take in but thanks for sharing. I've never really tried out color blocking as I tend to gravitate towards neutrals yet lately I've been dreaming in color.
    The complimentary option works best for me but I'm looking to give the Triad a go.
    I've tried Blue and Green & Purple and Yellow . Looking to try Red and Pink & Red and Green. I hope I don't end up looking like a Pine Tree on Christmas day.
    Fingers crossed + You nailed this look (You always do).

  4. Looks like I'm going to be opening this post every now and then so I can look at the color wheel. Very helpful. Thanks Tee

  5. Her royal slayness. Thanks for the tip

  6. hmmmmmmm Tee color blocking again???? saved the color wheel already so this kids don't mistake me for a clown on the streets. lol. Kudos

  7. Dah! With all the plenty grammar I know, every time I come to read a post I have to have my dictionary on standby. Wehdone!
    Plix, I will stay with my complimentary and monochromes. Triads? No tenkyew, I'll leave that one to madams like you, lemme not enter fashion trouble.
    You look beautiful as always love. Keep shining!

    Ps:which one too follow be mustard? Sai! Gone are the days when 5-10 colours were sufficient. I refuse to be confused. Lol.

  8. Finally got around to really reading this post for some reason today. This was actually very helpful. A lot of people are scared of pairing several colours together. Now, while colour blocking is has become a thing of the past, I believe knowing how to pair colours is life saving as you noted. Thanks for the link btw. Green and orange is one colour palette that I;m yet to try but you rocked it so well.

    Princess Audu


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