Saturday, January 5, 2013

Colorblocking done right

One of my resolutions this year is to incorporate more color into my wardrobe. It's intimidating to a girl with a closet stuffed with neutrals. Colors are risky - too much confidence and too little thought can leave you looking like a Muppet.

Anyway, I found some great colorblocking inspiration on the street in Capitol Hill and wanted to share it! Aviancia's outfit looks effortless and it works because she stuck with simple, classic silhouettes (skinny jeans, cable knit sweater, pumps) in solid colors, and added a vibrant tweed coat. An otherwise simple outfit becomes unusual and interesting because of how she plays with color.

Even though this outfit looks like she just tossed it on and it worked, I noticed that she put some thought into matching her outfit to tones in her coat - jade, cobalt, and lime - then added just one contrasting color (the coral sweater). It's what makes this look so cohesive and a genius guide for colorblocking: Start with one multicolor or multitone piece, select solid separates that match, and add one piece that's an opposite on the color wheel. Can't wait to try this!

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