Color Blocking (yep, again)- Prepare for Fall's Fashion Trends
Part 2 of a 4 Part Series going on throughout August. Fall is fast approaching....let me help you get your Fall trends in order!
This is the second article of a four part series this month on upcoming Fall 2012 trends that were spotted on the Fall/Winter Runways this past Feburary. This week I'm updating you guys on a trend that has carried over from last year....COLOR BLOCKING! Well, at least you've had time to get into it, right? I love it when trends carry over because it gives us all plenty of time to perfect the trend and really make it our own!
For those of you who may not know exactly what color blocking is let me explain....
Color blocking is taking two to three colors (three max) and using the colors chosen to create a very distinct outfit that is defined by color. Most often people will wear one color top and another color bottoms, but there are endless possibilites with this trend! You can use your accessories such as shoes, jewelry and purses as a key item to color block. I love mixing it up by wearing a solid color dress with a pair of shoes in a totally opposite color. It's a fun eclectic look and it kind of makes me feel like a kid again since I get to come up with all kinds of crazy combinations!
Color blocking is a trend that began in the 60's and has had a place in fashion in every decade since then. As we know trends re-invent themselves every time they reappear and this season it's no different. This spring/summer we saw a lot of extremely birhgt color blocking combinations going on. You can think of the Fall version as the sophisticated older sister to this spring's color blocking trend. The colors are more rich, more sleek and neutrals are being used a lot more with this trend in fall to really create a more humble and understated version. BCBG Max Azria was probably the most noteable designer to showcase this on in their Fall collection as the follwing images will show....
As you can see the colors are rich and saturated for a beautiful fall look. They have chosen to use a lot of beige, black and white to accent the eye pleasing greens, blues, reds, and oranges. There are a few ways to color block.....let me help you out!
1. The first way is to choose colors opposite on the color wheel. So for example, orange and blue would make a great combo or red and green. Choosing opposites on the wheel ensures the boldest brightest pop for a color blocked look. Just make sure you are choosing colors that are fall appropriate!
2. The second way to color block is to take colors in the same family (or colors next to each other on the color wheel). This creates a more harmonious and fluid look while still sectioning the outfit out by color.
3. The third way you can hop on the color blocking trend is an option of either of the two above with a simple addition. You can add a neutral color (either beige, black or white) to either of the above color blocking techniques to add a little depth to your outfit. If you want to be really on-trend for Fall 2012 include beige in your color block!
The look for this Fall trend is very 60's mod with it's clean lines and simple silhouettes. You probably even have pieces in you closet right now you can pull together to replicate this outfit. Personally I love it because it's probably one of the easiest trends to try out and make look amazing. YOU CAN DO IT!