Color Block Fashion: Trend Alert

by Naina on March 8, 2011 · 39 comments


Something that has really caught my attention this season is colour blocking trend. It is not a new trend as such but is definitely back with a big bang. Here I try to decode the trend and give my two cents on it. Since it’s the first of it kinds article from my side, I hope it makes a fun read.

color blocking trend

Time for some gyaan, please bear . 🙂

What is the colour blocking / Color Block?

Colour block fashion is one of the hottest new trends for the season. It combines the use of two or more blocks of colour in an ensemble. This could be for a top, bottom, tunic, a dress and even a handbag or shoes. Simply it means – creating an outfit by putting areas or blocks of solid color next to each other. It can include monotone, bright colours, muted colors, contrasting and complimentary colors. Clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories can all feature color block designs or can make up different blocks of color to be put together for a color block outfit.

color blocking trend shoes

The famous Lady Dior bag also follows the trend and a Marc Jacobs color blocked bag –

color blocking trend bags

Color Blocked Jewellery –

color blocking trend jewellery

And of course color blocked makeup 😀 –

color blocking trend makeup

And to test your guts, color blocked hair – 😀

color blocking trend hair

Coming back –

Why do you need to be careful while following the color block trend?
Since they often involve the use of bright colours or many different colours together, it is easy to go wrong with it. The best way to pair colour block trends whether it’s for shoes, a tunic or a top is with other basic colours such as black, white, brown and gray. This way your colour block will pop out more and look more polished.

Why should you do the trend?
If you have been lapping up fashion news regularly, you will know how horribly ‘in’ it is. And if you still need another convincing reason to wear the trend. Here’s it – Use it to hide flaws of your body. I have your full attention now, don’t I? Women after all. 😛
So what I was saying is, use it to hide flaws, as we all know dark colours have a slimming effect, so colour-block the winter paunch or those baby fatty arms with dark shades and keep the rest of your outfit light coloured. It really works.

Basically this is how it will work for your body –
A darker column of color down the torso will have a slimming effect and can easily be created by wearing a colored cardigan, jacket or blouse worn open. Generally a color blocked outfit will work best if you stick to the usual rules for your body shape. If you are pear shaped, opt for darker colors on the bottom half. If you are apple shaped avoid horizontal blocks of color around the stomach area but highlight legs with color blocks created by brightly colored tights. If you are hourglass, a color block around the waist is a great way of highlighting it and drawing attention to you womanly figure.

color blocking trend clothes

Just keep in mind the following points while wearing color blocks-

  • Don’t be shy to experiment. Any color combination is fantastic if you can pull it off properly. Blue, green and orange sounds mad but will look oh-so-pretty.
  • Do not combine more than three to four colors. It’s not that it doesn’t look nice, but it looks very ‘ramp’ish. Moreover more colors will keep cutting your body shape here and there making it a not so beautiful sight.
  • Choose what you want to color block and keep the rest of your look simple. For example, if you opt for a colorblocked bag, go easy on the clothes and shoes. You don’t want to look like a Rubik cube, do you??
  • Never ever ever combine two color blocked items. This is the worst thing to do to this trend. No actually you can, its just that you will end up looking like the latest catalogue of Asian paints. :evilgrin:

color blocking trend clothes

In my opinion it is really fun trend to sport this summer. Firstly it gives us the opportunity to pair colors which we won’t dare to combine together otherwise. Secondly what are summers without cheerful bright colors?? Gone is the season of muted warm shades. Its time to paint the town in all colors possible.

So, go on and have fun blocking colors. Do let us know how you plan to wear it.
Stay stylish. :*

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Rati March 8, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Naina I have been going crazy about this trend. I don’t think I am too daring to experiment with my trouser colours but i would be doing so with my tops , bags etc…

The color blocking trend reminds me of govinda


shanaiia March 8, 2011 at 4:07 pm

Love all those bright colors…so energetic and full of life 🙂

but as Rati,even i think id only be able to wear bright tops and at the most bright nail polish 😛


Suma March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

love the post Naina!!! and so totally love the color block trend 😀 it’s just soo young and cool 🙂


Suma March 8, 2011 at 4:12 pm

was wondering if eye shadows could also be used like this that too without blending… well on second thoughts it might just look good on the ramps 😛


Sonam March 8, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Hmm ….different colors on both eyes


Rati March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

yeah you can use a stark pink or stark purple or orange or any colour on lids..just one solid block of colour. 🙂


Radhika March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Nail paints and bags..I would start with that..maybe bright tops 😀


Sonam March 8, 2011 at 4:20 pm

For sure I love this color trend …wud definitely try this… :toothygrin:


Nids March 8, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Wow.. luved reading ur post naina :yahoo: :yahoo: … i always like bright shades but this color combi thing is sure daring n fun.. letc c .. how do i start it.. nail paints n shoes r easy to carry .. i think… 😉 😉 :waytogo: :waytogo:


Sonam March 8, 2011 at 4:29 pm

I did’nt like the 3rd last pic…that half hair colored…weird


Noopur March 8, 2011 at 4:33 pm

great post naina…m drawing a lot of inspirationssss from dis,,, ab tu dekhio mera color block make up soon..


Noopur March 8, 2011 at 6:40 pm

errr….tum sab to serious ho gye,,,, 😛 😛 😛
i cannot do gud normal mke up yeh colour block make up to dooor ki baat hai..khkhikhiik…!!! i can only try it wid nail paints ya accessories mei.. 🙂 😀


Giasaysthat March 8, 2011 at 4:35 pm

I would prefer bright nail paints and shoes
safe way hahaaa


flygirl March 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

naina lovely post.all i wanted to knowthis is gonaa be so gona defiantely try sumthng colourblockd with a basic black or grey 😉
the dior bag is uber cute


Naina March 8, 2011 at 5:10 pm

i am going to do it in all ways possible, except for hair…. i lovveeeeeee colours, time to pull out the jhataak coloured clothes..


ramya March 8, 2011 at 6:33 pm

maybe contrasting solid color bangles fall in this category….. ?:)
but i’m willing to experiment with bags…. safe no? 🙂 nice article naina 🙂


bulbul March 8, 2011 at 7:55 pm

that’s a very nice and colorful article Naina.
i liked the color-blocked jeweleries in the pic. can someone plz tell me where i can find something like that? ?:)


Bee March 8, 2011 at 9:23 pm

Seems interesting Naina- and actually- even I was thinking Govinda when I saw this… hahahahah :tongue: :tongue: :tongue:

summer dresses with little bit of block prints might look good naa


Nia March 9, 2011 at 1:18 am

This is why I love to read on IMBB….I was not knowing this is in and would probably think someone is crazy for wearing these kind of colors….but now that I know….makes me feel good…..anyways I think only some people can carry this kind of style well….but safe way is to pair two colors….one black or white with one bold color…..then most people can carry this well!


Aruna March 9, 2011 at 10:28 am

i am probably one of the last ones to comment on this post, but what the heck..:) i love this trend though i am a bit of a fuddy duddy to try it..but like someone mentioned earlier maybe try bags or nailpolishes first..and i think thats wats so cool abt being a woman!! u can try so many colors..


lisa van der meulen August 3, 2011 at 2:50 pm

Great information! i love colorblocking and i have new stuff from color blocking esprit.


awilda September 9, 2011 at 2:48 am

i love this look colors are fun i will try it.


Sharon October 13, 2011 at 5:58 am

Excellent Colour Blocking article Nania


Caroline December 11, 2011 at 3:23 am

Is it true that the color block trend is just 4 20 to 25 years old ladies? I’m 37 and skinny, modern style…can I use it?


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