Color Blocking for the Color-phobic

Yesterday was the first official day of Spring, and I'm already itching to try new Spring fashion trends. If you've been following along, you've probably figured out that I'm a little bit afraid to dress in bright colors- hey, I'm working on it! Although I usually stick to darker or more muted colors, I've been really drawn to colorblocking, a huge trend on both the runway and in the blogosphere. This trend just seems so bold, and I've yet to see someone wear it who didn't look super confident, but maybe because you have to have confidence to pull it off! 
Lanvin Spring 2011, via
My Edit
I decided I'd try out the trend, but in a way that was a little more "me." I concentrated on two bright pieces- a pair of purple cropped pants that I've had in my closet for 2 years, and worn only twice, and a super bright coral scarf. Instead of going with another  bright color for the top, I went with a more subdued navy blue. I kept my shoes simple, just plain brown. Here's what my version looked like: 
Sunglasses: Ray Ban, Scarf: Forever 21, Sweater: H+M,
Jeans: Uniqlo, Shoes: Soft, Earrings: Vintage,
Watch: Michael Kors

If you're looking for tips on colorblocking, but tend to be a little color-phobic, like me, I'd suggest the following for a foolproof look: 
  • Stick with darker hues for the main colors- these pants are purple, but not PURPLE! It's more flattering, for one, and a good way to ease in to colorblocking. 
  • Pick a non-black neutral (ex: navy, tan, blush, or even a metallic) for another piece- you still have some color going on this way, but it's not quite so crazy. 
  • Add a scarf, or bright shoes, but stick to one or the other for your first attempt- again, it's more subtle, and you'll be less likely to clash! 
  • The best accessory for colorblocked looks? A big smile, and lots of confidence! 

Are you going to give colorblocking a shot this spring? 


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