Color-blocking, or the pairing together of two or more non-neutral colors in one outfit, exploded onto runways and street style about two years ago and has seemingly avoided fizzling out. This clothing trick brightens up and creates interest in an outfit compiled of normal components into something extraordinary.
The creation and acceptance of this now omni-present trend created a liberating feeling to Fashionistas across the world. With the option to now combine their favorite colorful pieces, doubled the size of their wardrobe without buying one new piece.
This Fashionista proves that although she is wearing a very simple shift dress to her internship, with the addition of some bright accessories, her outfit is taken well above and beyond a simple internship outfit. When I first approached her, she was initially self-conscious because in her words, “looked like Barney” with her color-block, but was determined to rock her brand new Michael Kors purse. I sure do respect a Fashionista dedicated to an accessory! And I think we can all agree, this Fashionista does not in any way resemble the purple dinosaur.
The key to any good color-blocked outfit is keeping one item, many times an accessory, neutral. Black, white or nude, my favorite is a nice belt to tone down an otherwise loud ensemble. This Fashionista chose some great black and white wedges and necklace of the same hue to keep her outfit office-appropriate.
If you are rocking a colored bottom and top, try this classic brown leather belt from J.Crew. If you are looking for a more night-time or dramatic belt, try this thick gold snakeskin belt from Anthropologie.
Spotted: Gucci got the memo about keeping one part of an outfit neutral in their 2011 spring/summer ready-to-wear collection; but their idea of a neutral belt may not translate to the real world from the runway, but it sure is nice to look at!