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May 30, 2012

HOW TO WEAR COLORBLOCK?

This summer, one of the most popular trends in fashion industry is colorblocking. From the runway, on the streets, at the shopping centers, everywhere we see the bright & bold colors running around.

I used to hate striking colors like neon, yellow, purple, orange...because i thought they are too bright, too hot to wear for summer. I didn't like people staring at me on the street because of what I wore, those colors would not compliment my skin color at all and many other reasons. But somehow, I've changed my mind.

I don't know why and how I end up having more bright colors outfits in my closet and I'm loving it. I used to dress up often according to my mood. When I'm happy, I usually choose to wear bright and fun color outfits. It gives me alot of energy, enthusiasm, positive and happy feeling for some reasons. But when I'm down, naturally I will not care much about what I wear, what color is it, I'll come back to the brown, black, grey, dark blue kinda colors outfits. That's not really good because the dull colors can make myself feel even worse so I tried to have less dull colors in my wardrobe as much as possible and filled it up with some happy, fun colors.

Basically, color-blocking is about mixing and matching two to three pop, bold, bright colors at the same time to create a contrast yet complementary color outfit. I've done some interesting pairings on my youtube. Perhaps, for those who have never tried or worn color-blocking before, you'll have an idea of how to start it.



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Besides pairing of my own outfits, I've created a lookbook about this Color-blocking trend. These are basically my favorite outfits on Polyvore website.

Style 1: Similar color blocking
Rock that color-blocking dress. Rule 1: Similar colors




One of the simple rules to pair color-blocking outfit is Similar colors. Basically, they are adjacent on the color wheel such as: blue - green, pink- purple, orange- pink etc...Here I picked the lipsy peacock two tones dress and paired up with Jessica Simpson pumps. It's perfect for dinner, party, prom...and guess how much do they cost? Dress is £19 and shoes is $99. Click on the photo to buy it if you would love too.

Style2: T- Colors Blocking
The colors usually form T-shape on the color wheel like yellow, purple, orange. I love playing with purple-orange mix & match because I find it's so sensual, sexy and elegant. 
She's the one!




In this look, I paired silk purple blouse with lightweight jean from Net-a-porter. Accessories: purple belt, purple watch and ring to match with the shirt and orange earrings, pumps to match with the jean.

Not only me but also many celebrities are in love with this style too. Name it!


Kristen Cavillari, Cheryl Cole, Jennifer Hudson, Kim Kardashian on orange and purple outfits. Summer just gets even hotter!

Style3: Neutral and Complementary Combo
Neon power




All the time, I love neon pumps but this color is kinda picky to wear. Not everyone can rock neon pumps and not every color can go with neon. Pink would be its best match. So I decided to pair up the neutral color-blocking pink-grey peplum dress with neon accessories: shoes, bangles, earrings, etc...Obviously, it makes the entire outfit become so different and so "Wow".

Sometimes, just a small detail can make a big difference in the outfit. Let the colors play a part and experiment the new look in you. Who knows you will become a big fan of color-blocking after that? But make sure, you need to know what colors work best for you, your skin tone, hair color, etc..and learn how to play with single colors one at a time. The most important thing is you MUST feel good and confident in whatever you are wearing. Know your body well.

Color-blocking is easy and fun to play with and is suitable for any body type, age but like I said in the video, it's not gonna work if you don't have the confidence and personality to pull it off. So, let just try it and let me know how it turns out.

I hope you will like it like I do.
Good luck!
Crystal

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