Tuesday, May 17, 2011

How To: Color Block

I really like the Color Blocking trend, but I wasn't sure of how to do it. I didn't want to mix the wrong colors together because color blocking makes a really bold statement, and if you don't do it right you'll just look tacky. So I did some research on how to color block, and I want to share what I found with you-all...

  • Avoid colors on the exact opposite sides of the color wheel like red and green. If you change the hue of one of the colors it can be possible to pull it off though.
  • The most popular theory for combining colors is called the rule of two-thirds. Make an equilateral triangle (a triangle with 3 equal sides) on the color wheel. In it’s most basic form, the points at the ends of this triangle will be touching either red-blue-yellow or orange-green-purple. From there, you pick two of the three colors that the triangle touches. These colors will almost always harmonize together beautifully.
  • Since color blocking tends to have 3 colors, use 2 colors from the triangle you made earlier and combine that with a 3rd color outside of it.
  • Leave accessories neutral and minimal, so they don’t clash with the outfit.
This is an example of changing the hue so you don't end up with the horrible red & green combination. The yellow & green are similar in hue, but the pink blazer looks nice with it.

 Orange and green are very close to each other, but the orange is a little darker and the blue is a little lighter.

For a more detailed explanation, go to the website I got all this information from: http://styleprompt.com/2011/04/15/color-theory-or-how-to-color-block/

If you don't like or feel comfortable wearing color-blocked clothes that's okay. You can try color-blocked shoes, bags, jewelry, & other accessories!

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