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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Block That Color! Summer's Color Game.

Colorblocking is a game. It's your chance to mix and match otherwise ridiculous shades to create neon perfection! You can chose to go with articles of clothing that literally feature "blocked" color—garments sectioned into expanses of solid color—as seen below:

Or you can get creative and put together pieces of different solid colors to create a colorblocking effect, worn below by Camille Bell and seen below in Jill Sander and Max Mara’s Spring 2011 collections.

Camille Bell
Jill Sander Spring 2011
Jill Sander Spring 2011
Max Mara Spring 2011

To pull off the colorblock look, keep these tips in mind:
  1. More Than Three’s a Crowd
    Stick with two or three colors. I prefer three; it is more interesting and creates more contrast.

  2. Clash Away
    Remember that "normal" rules don't apply to colorblocking. Pair colors that you normally avoid. Pinks and deep purples paired with orange; yellow and teal; magenta, orange and ultramarine together ... these are my favorite color combinations.

  3. Family Ties
    Feel free to contrast two tonally related hues—pink and purple—with a contrasting and jarring third, such as orange. It will be perfection!

  4. Be Colorful and Proud
    The point is to keep it vivid and bright—no dark tones.

  5. Accessorize to a Bare Minimum
    If accessorizes must be added, go simple and neutral. Make places for the eye to rest with neutral belts and bags in cream, grey, or tan. Do not attempt to integrate patterns. No. Not ever.
Here are some of our favorite pieces that can be used to get the color blocking effect:
Colorblocked options at Lori's Shoes

—Ashley Lacey, Lori’s Armitage Staff and creator of Stiletto Chic


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