Color Blocking Celebrities & How To Do It Yourself

19 September 2011

Color blocking has been all over the place since spring this year and it seems like it's set to stay a while longer. The trend involves wearing, as the name suggests, blocks of single, bright and bold color. To be 'color blocking' you need to be wearing at least two colors obviously but I'd recommend you don't wear more than three or four because you'll risk looking like a rainbow. Not such a great look.

Here's how the trend worked for spring/summer this year.

I've seen some great examples on celebrities. Louise Roe wore the below look which I absolutely love!

Another celeb who I saw wearing the color block trend the right way is Giuliana Rancic, a host and producer on E! News.

Featuring on the cover of Marie Claire's September 2011 issue is Sarah Jessica Parker working a clashing red and pink dress. She looks great despite wearing the two colors everyone, everywhere, always warns against putting together.

Even though the pairing of red and pink looks great here I don't think it's necessarily the easiest thing to get right. Be careful if you're going to brave it. Sarah Jessica Parker clearly thought she'd worn it once so why not do it again. Appearing in New York at the David Letterman show I thought she looked far less in vogue. I've read some people's comments online about her outfit saying they loved it. Personally I saw it and thought 'woaaah'. It could be the white pointed toe stilettos or it could be all the rest.

It takes a very brave women to try and pull off flared high-waisted hot pink trousers let alone that red frilly, ruched, high neck thing she's wearing as a shirt. Sadly (because I usually love her fashion sense), I don't think she achieved it but maybe it's down to personal taste. I felt she looked like a bad 70s throwback mixed with a Spanish Flamenco dancer.

What do you think? Love it or hate it?

It seems that color blocking is set to stay a little longer too. The trend was in many of the fall fashion shows. The colors are a little more 'Autumny' but the concept is still the same.

It also looks set to still be around next year too, although slightly toned down the trend was evident in the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion shows last week.

I also came across pictures of color blocked hair recently! Taking the trend just a bit too far I think!!

The hair isn't something that you're realistically going to be trying but if you want to try color blocking your outfit there's a few simple rules to go by.

How to Wear the Color Blocking Trend.
  • Choose 2-4 colors. Anymore and it gets too complicated.
  • Don't combine more than one color blocked item of clothing. If you're wearing a color blocked shirt don't also wear a color blocked skirt and color blocked shoes. You'll look like a Rubix Cube. Trust me!
  • Wear different colors entirely not different shades for the best results. If you wear colors that are too similar then the effect won't be the same. The whole point is to contrast the colors.
  • Keep accessories simple and minimal. The look is all about the colors, you don't need a tonne of bangles creeping up your arm and definitely avoid lots of different colors of jewelry, once again you'll just over complicate the look.
If you follow those simple suggestions then you should be safe ;)

It's not a trend for the faint hearted though so if the idea of color blocking your clothes scares you too much then you can always pick a gorgeous color blocked handbag or pair of shoes as a nod to the trend.

The cheapest and easiest way you can incorporate color blocking is by color blocking your nails. I tried it this evening and I think it looks pretty good. I'll post some pictures and do one of my oh so simple how to do its tomorrow, so check back then. Right now I have to get some kip though, I'm so tired and tomorrow is Terrible Tuesday, wish me luck!

I hope you have a great morning/afternoon/evening depending on where you are in the world!




  1. I love colour blocking!!! how good does louise ore look great post & tips :)


  2. Thanks and yes she really does look good in that. I want the whole thing. In fact I want all her wardrobe! Ahh, if only! :)

  3. I love the colors, great post! I am following!



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