Before this season, when designers such as Fendi, Burberry and Céline began experimenting with color-blocking, it would have never come to my mind to pair colors like mustard and coral or light pink and lavender together. It seems like these mismatched colors would distract from one another and create a chaos in the ensemble, however, as shown on this Fashionista, the hues perfectly complement one another to make each piece pop.
This Fashionista wears a simple, sleeveless black blouse with a pair of bright red cigarette jeans. Rather than adding in a simple, neutral shoe to allow her crimson pants to take center stage, she accessorizes with beautiful, turquoise suede ballet flats. The combination of the turquoise and red allows the two hues to really pop and grab your attention. As red and green are complementary colors, this strategy makes sense. Her beaded necklace utilizes a similar principle, with similarly paired red and turquoise accents.
Ready to try the look for yourself? Color-blocking can be done to whatever extent you are comfortable with. If you’d like to keep it conservative like this Fashionista, try these mineral blue toothpick jeans from J.Crew with a simple, white button-down. Add in these bright orange ballet flats to make the blue in the pants really pop. For a more daring look, pair the jeans with a more vibrant colored top, like this one from Zara, and a simple nude sandal.
As long as you stick to monochrome pieces, color-blocking is easy. While the pairings are not necessarily intuitive, the results are jaw-droppingly chic. Don’t be afraid to play dress-up and toy with different combinations. It’s easy to play it safe, but hanker back to your childhood and keep it mismatched.