Colours like red and yellow when "blocked" together, are good examples of dichromatic blocking code

A combination of two distinct colours creates dichromatic effect. By “distinct colours”, I mean colours from different families, e.g., pink and brown, red and orange-yellow, lilac and hot pink, beige and violet etc. Here are a few tips to pulling off dichromatic blocking code.

* Start by playing with shades of red, green or blue.

* Block the shades with a total different colour. For example, if you have pink and magenta, block it with brown (or its shade).

* For ladies, try hardcore contrast if you are the fashionably adventurous type. Eg. violet and orange, lemon and hotpink, grey and neonyellow etc. However, minimalism is the watchword here when accessorizing.

* Guys, it’s ideal you tone down your contrast and avoid brights. A red blazer with white dress shirt and pants is a sexy combo. You can also blend cream pants on babyblue shirt and an azure coloured tie. But red and yellow, or purple on electric green may be ridiculous!

* If there’s any difficulty, simply try a “monochrome Blocking Code” and then get a neutral or a “solid” colour on top. E.g. a yellow-green blouse on green skirt, with a white boyfriend jacket.

* Consult the colour wheel above for some guidance. You could also visit a stylist, designer, model, fashionista if you’re still lost on combining two distinct colours effectively.


Minimalism (with accessories) is key

This combo suits a darker guy. For light skinned (or white) guys, a navyblue suit+matching pants and an orange tee may be just okay

Rare colours like the ones above can be picked and "blocked". However, this depends on the individual style.


About Mr. Cornells

A fashion blogger and stylist with an inextinguishable zeal for fashion. Founder/Editor-in-Chief, www.PassionistaHub.com. Catch me on Twitter @itsMrCornells


  1. lovely write-up Cornells!!!!

  2. Nice! Neva tot bout diz combinationz prior Τ̅Ơ̴̴̴̴͡ nw. It’z an eye opener i must confess. Thumbs up!

  3. Your blog has a way of increasing my appetite for colour blocking. Kudos!

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