Bright Orange and Blue – Tips For Colour Blocking + Style With a Smile Link Up

February 1, 2022
Bright Orange and Blue + Style With a Smile Link Up, Monki striped faux fur coat, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Superdry orange trainers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses

Last week’s link up post was mostly monochromatic, with just a few red accents, so I’m making up for it this week! Since I bought these trousers a few weeks ago I’ve been having fun trying out different colour combinations. This bright orange and blue pairing has to be my favourite so far. Colour blocking bright hues that are opposites on the colour wheel is both easy and eye-catching (and it’s bang on trend for spring). Add prints and texture to the mix and you’ve got an outfit guaranteed to brighten up a dreary winter’s day. This is the second time I’ve colour blocked bright orange and blue recently; earlier this month I wore these trousers with an orange jumper for the Stylish Monday link up post.

This is the second time I’ve colour blocked bright orange and blue recently

Orange and green is another favourite colour combination of mine, as is lilac and yellow and turquoise and yellow. If you’re unsure about wearing bold, contrasting colours together you could try introducing a neutral block to tone things down. For example, blue trousers and a white shirt with an orange bag. But you know how I like to colourise to the max! I wore this outfit to work a couple of weeks ago and used the same “formula” to recreate it with green instead of blue. Unfortunately I didn’t get any photos of that outfit. (This is a similar outfit though, with the addition of yellow boots and bag).

Bright Orange and Blue, Monki striped faux fur coat, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Superdry orange trainers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses

Tips for colour blocking

The chain print of the blouse and flowers on the vest break up the blocks of colour just enough to keep the look interesting. I could have chosen a solid orange or blue coat but it was really cold and the faux fur was the warmest option! Plus, the dominant colour is blue, while the warm brown compliments the orange. When choosing accessories for a colour blocked outfit I pay close attention to the overall balance. So, for example, if I’d worn an orange coat I’d have swapped this bag for a blue one. Similarly, because my blouse is orange with blue in the print, I’ve chosen blue earrings – orange would have been too samey. For me, it’s all about creating contrast in the right places.

After saying at the start of this post how easy colour blocking is, I’ve suddenly made it sound rather complicated. But really, it isn’t, you just have to trust your eye. And obviously, you can only work with what you’ve got. I’m lucky enough to have built up an extensive wardrobe over the years so I’ve got plenty of options at my disposal. Have a rummage in your wardrobe, pull out some colourful pieces and just have a play! I guarantee you’ll surprise yourself with some new combinations.

Do you love colour blocking? What are your favourite combinations?

Bright Orange and Blue, Monki striped faux fur coat, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Superdry orange trainers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses
Bright Orange and Blue, Monki striped faux fur coat, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Superdry orange trainers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses
Bright Orange and Blue, Monki striped faux fur coat, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses
Bright Orange and Blue, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Superdry orange trainers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses

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Bright Orange and Blue, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses
 Zara embroidered knit vest, orange resin ring
Bright Orange and Blue, Naanaa cobalt blue trousers, Hawes & Curtis orange chain print pussy bow blouse, Zara embroidered knit vest, Skinnydip ombre aviator sunglasses

Monki faux fur coat | Naanaa trousers (Asos) | Hawes & Curtis blouse (on clearance and available is size 6) | Zara knit vest | Superdry trainers | Skinnydip sunglasses

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22 responses to “Bright Orange and Blue – Tips For Colour Blocking + Style With a Smile Link Up”

  1. Grace says:

    What a fun outfit! And I love the backdrop for these pics. That top is really cute, and I also think this outfit could easily be adapted for people if they want something less bold – the top and cobalt blue earrings and bracelet would pair super cute with just a pair of jeans as well. Love!

    Miles of smiles,
    Grace

    gracefulrags.com

  2. I just adore the mix of colors in this look! The vest and blouse were made for each other. Thanks for the link up!

    https://www.kathrineeldridge.com

  3. Katie says:

    Love this coat and the orange and blue combo! Such a fun outfit! Thanks for the linkup!

    -Katie
    http://www.hellokatiegirlblog.com/

  4. Ashley says:

    Yesss, now THIS outfit packs some color punch! I love it!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  5. Gail says:

    What a vibrant and electric combination! I love it. You wear bright colours so well.

  6. On the nail again Emma, every outfit you create is just so joyful!
    Pamela
    http://www.style-yourself-confident.com

  7. Laurie says:

    I tend to colour block like this Emma. I find it helpful being petite.

  8. Lovely says:

    This is such a fun look! The top is so pretty!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovey.com

  9. Emma, this is outfit is so cute and so cheerful! I love the bright color combination and your blouse and sweater are just too stinking adorable! I am dying over them!

    Shelbee

  10. Nancy says:

    It’s a beautiful colour combination! Very joyful!

  11. Michelle says:

    I love the orange and blue combo! The pullover vest is so cute!

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

  12. Di says:

    You chose such a happy color combination to brighten up a winter day! I use color blocking often, too. I love the bright, bold mix on you and your embroidered sweater vest is the cutest! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Amber says:

    This orange and blue look is stunning, Emma!

    I hope you are having a great week so far!

    Amber

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  14. Now that is some fabulous color-blocking Emma. Orange and bright blue make a spectacular statement. Love it. Thanks for hosting. Sabina

  15. Suzy Turner says:

    You look fabulous, Emma! You always do colour so well. I’m a huge fan of colour blocking too. One of my all time favourite outfits was one of my early Fab40s looks when every item I wore was a different colour. It really was fab!
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs
    Suzy xx

  16. A bright and fun outfit for sure! I love the combo here of orange and blue. The vest looks like it was made to go with your top! I havent done too much color blocking but I love it and know that bright colors are hot this Spring. You always find the best trousers!
    jess xx
    http://www.elegantlydressedandstylish.com

  17. You are SO great with color! And, orange is a color I really struggle with! I love it with the blue. That blue/orange plaid fur jacket is just by itself such a great piece!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  18. That coat is so incredible! You have so many fun pieces! I love the colors you put together!

  19. Jacqui Berry says:

    Fab outfit Emma, you’ve made a wonderful combination and wow what super colours together. Jacqui x

  20. It’s Beautiful. Colour combination is awesome. I like Your Blog.It’s amazing

  21. Miranda says:

    Love the color combination.
    I don’t know orange can be so beautiful, it was not my choice.
    Miranda
    happyprom.co.uk

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