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.
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).
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.
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