Defend the Trend

Defend the Trend: Color-Blocking

I spent the majority of my spring/summer wardrobe money on anything with color. Not once did I consider what I would pair items with; rather, I trusted the ubiquity of color-blocking on the runway to be my guide.

Don’t assume those who appreciate runway also appreciate street style.

I’ve scoured every photo database I have for a photo of me wearing yellow, green and brown. I’ve likely deleted it because the day I wore said outfit, I was tormented. The first insult came when I walked into the office: one of my coworkers loudly hissed that someone should turn off the lights. I’m not one to have quick retorts or respond well to being insulted. As a result, I turned bright red and scurried to my desk. Later that day, I had someone approach me and snicker while asking me which Ninja Turtle I was pretending to be. Granted, I was sporting ninja turtle colours but anyone who knows me is aware that I would not purposely dress like a cartoon character (not that there is anything wrong with that).

With the newfound knowledge that I was a target for humiliation, I was privy in considering which color combinations worked and the ones that would allow for cheap shots.

The above photos are beautiful and they use stereotypical color combinations that would tickle the haters’ fancy. The pastel look warrants the reference to Easter, the second offers the Halloween-esque jokes, then there is the lovely Tay Swift sporting the very popular ‘bumble-bee’ look and lastly, the Christmas color combination. While I understand that specific colors are sometimes a reminder of special occasions, this doesn’t mean you have to poke fun at someone wearing said color combination.

I’d like to offer some ideas I have on how/why color-blocking is a fantastic trend in hopes that you will try it yourself.

1. You have an excuse to buy awesome accessories – I decided to buy a fantastic bag in mimosa. No, this isn’t because mimosas are my favorite drink but because the bright yellow color is complimentary to more colors than you’d imagine. Bags aren’t the only color-blocking accessory – bracelets, shoes, earrings, scarves and nail polish are all the perfect compliment to your style.

2. It’s fun! – You’re right, wearing black from head to toe is classic and sophisticated, but you wouldn’t believe how frivolous it is to wear a variety of complimentary colors.

Image via Eyecessorize

Voilà! An illustrated guide to spring colors and color-blocking. I don’t recall where I first heard the rule of color combinations; however, it goes something like this: “Any color combination that can be reflected on a part of nature means that it is, indeed, complimentary.” An eggplant has green and aubergine, an apple can have greens, reds and yellows and a pineapple is all about the greens and yellows. Alas, it may be the case that my co-workers will never understand the color-block trend but if Gucci, Dolce and Proenza say it’s okay – I’m cool with that.


  • Kat Yularen-Akbar

    Your co-workers need to get over themselfs, I’m pretty sure that once you finish school the name calling should end. PS I love colour blocking with ‘happy colours’

  • Kat Yularen-Akbar

    Second thoughts … PPS quite frankly there should be no name calling at school either.

  • Lauren Maslen

    I got the bumblebee one at work a couple weeks ago when I was (unknowingly, I’ll admit) color blocking with some fab yellow tights and a black shift. Since I hadn’t even noticed it and just thought I looked cute – which the green pants totally are – I tried to just blow it off. I don’t think many of my co-workers understand the whole fashion side of it either since most come to work in hoodies and jeans. Plus I work at an elementary school, so I didn’t think any of the kids would mind if I looked like a bumblebee :)

  • Noelle Christina Gharzai

    People like that are like the people sitting down at a party making fun of the only two people dancing. They just wish they were bold enough to do it themselves! You looked cute!

  • Jennifer Louise O’Neill

    Wow awesome!! Definitely worth the risk, it looks super cute!

  • Rae Ghun

    I loved the combo so askew those co-workers with a firm hand! ASKEW THEM and their ‘fashion sense of hoodies and jeans’ which should be left to weekends doing nothing, sporting events, quick runs, lounging in the house ( yea..i lounged in my hoodie. my hoodie is WARM!) and eating what your diet said you shouldn’t. I have no true issue with the combo at work, but making fun of someone just because they thought outside of the shoebox is so immature. If they can’t make a joke that’s all in fun and gets a laugh from you too, they dont need to say anything at all.

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