Trend We Like: Colour Blocking

June 9, 2011

Daily Digest

Trend We Like: Colour Blocking

If you’ve ever wondered how to do colour blocking, then read on.

We all know how hard it is to say farewell to black come summer; it is after all our faithful friend that is oh so flattering. But the time is well and truly upon us to discard our gloomy winter wardrobe as 2011 looks set to be the year of colour.

The spring/summer 2011 runways were a kaleidoscope of colour as bold primary shades were clashed against acid brights. There were dramatic column dresses at Issa, blocked separates at Diane von Furstenberg and a rainbow of silky shift dresses at Miu Miu. Also touting this fashionably fluorescent trend were DKNY, Jil Sander, Prada, Christopher Kane, Gucci and Louis Vuitton.

The look has since been taken to the streets as celebrities such as Camilla Belle, Rihanna and Cheryl Cole  have been spotted in some unusual colour combinations.

Get the trend right and you’ll look like a real style bright spark, get it wrong and you’ll wind up looking like a dodgy nineties throwback.

Here are our top tips to help you colour-block like a pro:

• The best way to successfully style colour blocks is to match similar tones but in dramatically different colours; for example, pink and red shouldn’t work together, but in a similar tone, they can look fantastic. As a beginner, try easy colour combinations like magenta with deep purple or teal with azure blue.

• If head-to-toe colour blocking is too daunting for you, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t embrace block colour and team it with neutral shades like white, nude and black. A vivid purple dress for example would look fabulous clashed with a pink clutch bag and bright blue heels, but works equally well with tan or nude accessories. Or go the opposite way with a neutral outfit accessorised with a bold belt, shoes and earrings.

• Blazers are also great for beginners and Zara have some gorgeous ones at the moment. Invest in one with contrasting lapels and cuffs and you still tick the trend even if you wear it over jeans and a plain tank top. Colour-pop blazers are also the perfect way to take this look into the office.

• For those who are raring to flirt with the fluro trend, BT2 are stocking J Brand’s new range of candy coloured jeans (€250 pictured below). Wear them with a clashing t-shirt and a pair of bright wayfarers for a really retro look.

• For colour cheats, Asos have some ready-made blocked dresses. Simply team them with your favourite heels and handbag and you’ll look like an effortless summer style guru.

WSW Colour Block Fashion Picks


Karen Millen Dress, Asos

Platforms, Zara


Sandals, Zara


Blazer, Zara


Jeans, J Brand, BT2


Skirt, Topshop


Top, Penneys, €13 (in store mid July)

 – Gillian Brett

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