How to Color Block

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Whether it’s out to play or for a day at work, color blocking is an option that will always fit the occasion. There is something about pairing colors in a complementary way or in a monochromatic fashion that strikes ones attention. You see, a lot of people don’t think about color pairing, but if you really stared at a color wheel long enough, and with trial and error, you learn what colors can make great combinations. 

Whether you pair three completely different colors or different shades of one color, they both create a very complimentary look. Monochromatic, is the term that’s used to define the pairing of one color in different shades, hues or tones. For example, think of cranberry colored pants with a bubble gum pink or fuchsia top, they both originate from the same color, just different shades. Another example, hunter green pants with an olive colored top, paired with a dark khaki trench, #perfection. Both examples are great monochromatic looks.

Now, complementary colors can be a bit tricky, but it’s definitely worth practicing and educating yourself on, because if you end up nailing the art of pairing colors, you open your wardrobe up to a whole new level. You will begin to pair things that you never would have thought of, that is, before your knowledge of complementary colors. So here are a few color combinations to start with: rustic red, pale pink, and navy; cranberry, pumpkin (darker) orange and navy; mustard yellow, heather gray and deep sea mellow blue or hunter green; maroon, baby blue and navy; baby blue, carrot orange and rustic red. Googling complementary colors is always a great education tool as well.

This look I’m wearing has the color combinations of red, gray, black, and a little bit of white, which really creates that definitive pop factor in this Splendid sweater. The gray skirt is by BCBGeneration, which mixed well with the gray in the top, along with the black Tart Collections faux fur vest. It’s the perfect work to evening combo. All items are available at VC Boutique in downtown Huntington, call 304-525-2204, or shop the links below.

Until next time, always be kind.

Erica xx


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All images by Courtney Christian, Courthead Does Photography





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