Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Color-blocking 101 - Part 1

I think color blocking is one of the coolest n stress-free ways of looking savvy. Some tips on color blocking

1.       If you are a newbie to color blocking go with basic colors/ the ones you’re comfortable with. For example; black n white, grey n black, red n blue. Pick any 2 colors and pair them. Just remember the colors need to be deeper and richer - meaning faded denims or ripped denims won’t help in creating a perfect color block outfit.
I would suggest adding a colored denim or skirt to your closet if you want to try color-blocking.  If you are not yet up to wearing colored bottoms, the summer is a perfect time to try the colored shorts trend – colored shorts just add the right amount of well color, perfect for summer n hot temperatures, sightseeing tours, vacations – the list of pros goes on and on ;))

2.       Another basic rule so that your colors stand out is adding a touch of neutrality/ neutral-ness (u get the hint, right?).
Wear neutral colors for accessories and shoes – tan or dark brown, black, and beige are all neutral colors. I bet you will have at least one pair of shoes in these colors, so try them on with the color blocked outfit.
I would add a colored bag just to jazz up the color blocked outfit – but again go neutral if you are not comfortable there.

3.       If you are in a mood of experimenting, u can do a triad of colors – add a broad belt to your outfit – shorts n tee, skirt n tee/shirt. You could also add a thin/skinny belt if you are doing the colored denims and tee/blouse look. The belt can be a neutral color and you can match the shoes with your belt. Or it can be a funky color just to add that extra level of color blocking and you can go neutral on shoes.

4.       Another fun outfit idea is getting a color blocked accessory. I don’t know how that happened, but color blocking was sorta ‘cool’ last summer too. And I remember grabbing this color blocked satchel-cum-crossbody bag from Aldo last summer (in the pics below).
It was the perfect accessory for my rather straight and businessy outfits to office.  Plus it was a cross body so for my adventures/outings after office (with husband of course ;)), I could just sling it across and I was good to go.

5.       If you are in a mood to experiment, you can try the color blocked shoes/stilettoes/sandals. They are ‘abso-freaking-lutely’ fabulous and I wish so desperately to own one.
The color blocked shoes can add the right amount of oomph to your LBD (Little Black Dress) on a balmy night out or LWD (Little White Dress) on a summer afternoon.
Color –blocked cuffs/bracelets earrings and even color blocked necklaces are just bursting with hues and great pieces to start off with trying the color-blocking trend

There are some more tips I have in my bag of wisdom but I am going to hold on to them till the another post (Color blocking 101 Part-2). For now, I will let you see/judge /review a color-blocking outfit that I came up with for office wear.
I want to do a special mention for my leopard print shoes *Drumroll please* It’s the first time they are showing up on my blog. They are one of the best pumps I own - perfect fit, perfect heel. They are so very comfy and versatile - I wear them to office, to dancing with my friends, on weekends, almost everywhere ;))

This is my entry to the ‘Color-blocking’ challenge on Everybody Everywear

Color Blocking: Everbody, Everywear

Outfit details:
Skirt, Earrings and Belt - NY and Co.
Tee - Ann Taylor
Chunky necklace - Sears
Leopard print pumps - Kelly and Katie, DSW
Color-blocked bag - Aldo
Watch - Michael Kors Women's Chronograph (Gift from Parents)


Lindsay said...

Love this outfit. I love the neon and the leopard. So fun!

ashy said...

thank u Lindsay :)

Object of Maya*ffection said...

Love the outfit and the BELT - I believe in belts!

Jess said...

Love these colors together! I would've never thought of pairing them!

Jess - J's Style

Mehak said...

Wow!! Loving the whole look on you!! Doing a color block post next on my blog too!!

Thanks for stopping by and for the lovely comment...
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There are a lot of places to see in Seattle so make sure to have a few days at hand!!
My brother lives there so we got to see some non touristy places too..
To know exactly what to see or where to eat in Seattle I recommend you ask Maneet( my brother's wife) .. She's an expert on it.. Giving you a link to her blog.. Www.maneetgupta.blogspot.com

M following you now!!! Hoping to be your friend!! :)
By the way.. Where are you residing right now??

Chioma said...

love the bright yellow and muted grey on you! pretty shoes and bag too! :)


bhakti said...

love the post,, awesome tips ans style pointers, love the colors on you, you looking so pretty, chic .
love the bag too.

following you ashy



ashy said...

thanks lady, u said it rite! Initially I didnt knw wat a difference a belt makes, bt since last year im sorta hooked on belting every other outfit and it just ups the chic-quotient :)
thank u for visiting my blog

ashy said...

thanks Jess, I was hoping to try new colors for blocking. glad u liked it :)

ashy said...

thank u soo much dear! oh wow, cant wait to c ur color blocking post :)
road trip to Seattle sounds exciting, thanks for the blog link - will check it out.
thanks for following me, I will follow u back. hoping to be ur friend too :)
will mail u rest of the details :)

ashy said...

thanks so much Chioma, you are kind :) the colors are actually neon lime-green n darker blue shade

ashy said...

thank youuuuu Bhakti! so many compliments..so nice of you :)

Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb said...

Thanks for your lovely comments on my blog, Ashy! You have great natural style and I LOVE the colour of this top with the teal skirt... they're perfect together. Great colour blocking tips, too :)))

Am now following you on GFC! It's so nice to meet you!

Catherine x

Melaina25 said...

Oooh love it! I need to venture into colour blocking :)

Hope to see you linked up at What I Wore Wednesday Just grab the badge or link and comment and you're good to go!

ashy said...

thank you Catherine, such nice words - really encouraging!thanks for visiting my blog.
an following you on GFC too
and I noticed you are from UK, aah I soo desperately want to visit your land and adopt your accent. Hope I do some day :)

ashy said...

Hey Melaina, thanks so much for visiting my blog - I hope I have inspired you to try color blocking now :)
sure, I am excited to join the link up - thanks for inviting me to it.

Heather said...

These colors look fabulous together - and those shoes are the perfect pop of sass :)


ashy said...

thank you so much Heather! I love those shoes too, i guess leopard print never goes out of style :)

Anonymous said...

This is such a fabulous outfit! I love the colour blocking and the animal print shoes got perfect with it! I'm now following you!


ashy said...

thanks Macey, following u back :)

Madhu4u said...

completely mesmerising.......muahhh....ekdam awesome....

ashy said...

thank u Madhu darling!

Aditi SoSaree said...

WOW..love it.


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