-JESSICA EGBE For UnbrokenChords
Hello my unbroken fashionistas, color blocking is back in 2017 with a bang. Last week, X factor judge Nicole Scherzinger attended the ITV Gala Ball at the London Palladium, looking vibrant in a bright colour block pencil dress.
The former pussycat doll rocked a pencil midi dress featuring a hot pink long sleeve bodice and an apple red skirt with the hemline falling perfectly just below the ankle. Nicole amped her height with crimson thin strapped sandals.
Color blocking has been around for so long that it’s now inclusive in fashion vernacular. It has evolved from the 2007 awful trend of audacious, bold, loud colors to 2017’s softer, classier version. Color blocking in 2017 is all about focusing the entire outfit around one color or a group of tones of the same base hue.
It’s about forming a harmonious palette of shades which all complement each other without you looking like your outfit is the offspring of two of the most hideous colors from a terrible marriage.
The key to nailing a color block is trusting the ability of your eyes to group colors together, think apricot, rust, amber, honey, terracotta.
Color-blocking just like every other fashion game has rules. Here are some tips to nailing the color-block trend like a pro.
RULE 1: PICK A COLOR YOU LIKE AND ARE COMFORTABLE WITH
If you stick to your favorite hues, chances are you’ll probably get the combo right after all, it’s one of your favorite colors. If you love wearing pink, border your outfit around one solid pink hue like magenta and complement with pieces in the pink family like punch, ballet slippers, crepe and add a pop of something from the red family like blush or candy.
RULE 2: CHOOSE A BASE HUE
To avoid getting lost and drowning in an ocean of colors, you have to always pick a base color as the centre of your outfit and play up the entire outfit around this base.
RULE 3: KNOW YOUR COLOR WHEEL
The good thing about light is that it bounces off hues and gives them an ethereal harmony. You’d be thrilled to know that colors aren’t actually that many, what differentiates different colors is shade and tone. You just have to know the main shade from which a color wheel is built and colors that complement that particular hue. Grey, for example is a very similar color to blue. Stone grey is similar to coin blue, anchor is mistaken for spruce. Same as many other colors. Hazelnut is a shade of yellow that complements cider, a shade of orange and coffee, a shade of brown.
RULE 4: TEXTURE IS EVERYTHING HONEY
It’s no use if you rock a bad-ass color block and your outfit appears flat and boring. Apart from nailing the perfect color combo, your texture game also has to be covered in hot sauce from the fashion gawds! Ensure the different pieces have different textures. For instance, a chiffon blouse, hemp jacket and an acetate skirt won’t be half bad, don’t you think?
RULE 5: BE CONFIDENT
Ever heard the saying, ‘Maybe she’s born with it or maybe it’s Maybelline’? No one will think your color blocking game is on fleek if you’re not feeling it. You have to make people believe color-blocking is ingrained in your DNA and wear it with the utmost confidence.