The History of Color Blocking 1st July 2015 – Posted in: Design, Fashion – Tags: 60s, blocking colors, colors
Often the term “color blocking” is thrown amidst the sentences of fashion enthusiasts everywhere. Color blocking is a stylish way of wearing your garments. No, it’s not some complicated algorithm, but do it wrong, and you’ll look like a failed attempt at a rubik’s cube. Its definition is exactly what it sounds like, blocks of color. When you place solid colors together side by side, you generate a visually balanced outcome; attractive to the eyes. Color blocking combines two or more complementing colors in a creative way, to produce an outcome that is not only vibrant, but fashionable. The history of color blocking can be traced back to the 60s, popularly known as the ‘Mod Fashion’ then. The Mondrian Dress designed by the late designer Yves Saint Laurent during the 60s consisted of flat planes revealing the artistic sensibility of that time. During the passage of time, color blocking has evolved into other geometric shapes and angular patterns in a range of vibrant hues. The trend evolved into an innovative, bold and creative style of clothing. Color blocking originally belonged to London, where the British youth set the trend, which was later followed by the rest of the world. The muted pastel palette of the 60s fashion later transformed into bright and bold colors that were often applied in geometric patterns.
If you’re still not sure as to how to color block without looking like a skittles explosion, listen close. We have a few little tips you may want to follow. You can break these rules of course, but only if you’re a fashion forward person who already knows what they’re doing…but let’s face it, if you were that fashion forward you would not bother reading a “how to” guide on color blocking in the first place. So let’s face it, you need us. Ok, rule number one…go loud. Nobody should color block with dull middle-toned colors that are in the same color family. There are not many times where you are going to wear loud solid colors all together, but when you’re color blocking, it works…and the great part about it is, you can still come across as fashionable. Go for bright and bold colors. Thank us later! Ok, here’s rule number two, clash your colors! Stop going for the proverbial color wheel matches. Yes, we all know red and blue go well together…and so does yellow and purple. Blah blah blah! Step out on a limb and toss a few colors together that you wouldn’t normally think to toss together. Rule three, which is just as important as any rule, keep it simple. Don’t try to match up the color of your jewelry with your outfit. There’s already plenty going on with your color scheme, accessories should be kept neutral. Of course you can always go with gold or silver, but we suggest going more modern. Grey/nude belts, shoes, and accessories will compliment your outfit nicely. Ever heard of the term, “three’s a charm”? Think of that phrase anytime you’re color blocking. Ideally, two to three colors are enough. Two is a bit more conservative, so opting for three colors will make it a more interesting outfit. Fashionistas break this rule with regularity, but that’s ok; as mentioned before, they know what they are doing. And even if their outfit is a failure, it doesn’t change the fact that they will out-dress most of us the other six days of the week. So whether you’re a fashionista or a plain Jane, color blocking can be a cool way to display your closet, creatively with the world. Just be mindful of the rules we’ve provided for you. Don’t let us down, check out a few of our examples of shoe color blocking.