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How To Master The Art Of Color Blocking.

ByLizz Kira

Mar 9, 2021

What you need to know;

  1. Color Blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations. It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian
  2. Analogous color blocking schemes use colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. This color combo approach is more harmonious and pleasing to the eye.
Vazi Couture Chief Editor, Liz Kirra Models the theme, color clashing.

Growing up mixing colors always intrigued me, bright colors were my favorite. I’d do my hair in pretty crazy colors. Red, yellow, green, pink, blue you name it. The boldest one was this time I blended pink and purple, the brightest shades of both. No, you don’t want to picture that.

Mixing two bold colors can make an interesting combination. When mixing two colors from different spectrum, I love incorporating neutral colors to blend both colors. Color blocking is a great way to ease from winter to spring.

When mixing bold colors or color blocking, it is important to start simple and pair colors that compliment your style. For my look I went for plain colours . You can also color block using your accessories.

In order to understand how to combine colors, it is important to understand how the color wheel works. This circular rainbow is a must have in the bag of every artist,stylist and designer, regardless of which industry it is that they work in. The color wheel shows us how all of the colors relate to each other.

Monochrome colour blocking.

This is the easiest color blocking technique to pull off. Simply pair items that are all the same color. Your shade and tint could change from item to item, so you could wear dark blue jeans, a sky blue shirt, and navy shoes.

You can also add black and white to a monochromatic color-blocking scheme. Usually monochromatic schemes work well, although sometimes you risk looking washed out or overwhelmed with a single color. This is why variation in shades and tints is important.

With a monochromatic it’s important to understand what kind of effect lighter and darker colors have. Darker shades absorb light, making things look smaller, while lighter shades make things appear larger. You can play with various kinds of illusions to flatter your figure when doing monochromatic color blocking. I mean how amazing is that..

Analogous Colour Blocking

Analogous colors are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel, and to really rock them in a color blocking technique, you are best off opting for three colors, two colors and a neutral, or two analogous colors and one shade or tint of one of those colors.

Color blocking your look doesn’t have to be complicated. Here is how,

1. Pick inspiration from everything.

Everything from an outfit you saw on the runway,to what is currently trending,to what your favorite celebrities are wearing, to your favorite painting, to a particularly unique website graphic design can be inspiration for your next color-blocked outfit.

2. Own the outfit hunny

When you color block, remember that your outfit doesn’t exist on its own. Once you put it on, you’re also adding your natural coloring to the look. A warm skin tone can look sickly next to some shades of purple, while greens can bring out a pinkish undertone in an unflattering way.

3. Mess around with neutrals.

Neutrals are very reliable.You can always fit a neutral into a color-blocked look, and sometimes it can add a whole level of sophistication.

Whether you throw on nude heels, a white jacket, or some black jewelry, it’s hard to go wrong with a neutral. Make them your friends.

4. Practice with the colour wheel.

Take a color wheel with you when you go shopping, so you can instantly see what kind of color combinations you can create with every new item you purchase.

5. Practice! Practice!

If colour blocking is to be your thing you have to practice. An eye for color is not something that comes instantly, but you can certainly develop it. You have to grow into it.

The more you play with color, and as you become more adventurous, you will be able to tell really quickly what looks good and what doesn’t, and you will also feel more comfortable taking risks.

Happy new month.

Lizz Kira

Lizz Kira is Vazi Couture's CEO and Chief Editor, A position she has held since 2020. She is passionate about African Fashion and its impact on Social Sustainability.

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