On a given day, the concept of “colour-blocking” is a very tricky one. In Nigeria, being a relatively conservative society, people see this concept as a novel one. So, it’s not given a rousing welcome here. Only those with discerning fashion eyes will appreciate “colour-blocking practitioners”. Let me also point out here that blocking neutral colours like black, white and grey won’t result in colour-blocking. I see people do this. They are monochromes and the desired effect won’t be achieved if you block any colour with a neutral.
How then do we block colours effectively? Here are a few tips.
1. Being a tricky concept, colour-blocking must be done thoughtfully with colours that compliment each other.
2. FIRST STEP
Depending on what you have, start by “blocking” with just one colour. I call this the “monochromatic blocking code”.
3. SINGLE COLOUR BLOCKING TIPS
One-colour blocking is done by using different shades of one colour. For instance, a baby blue dress shirt on a navy blue pants with matching slip-ons (if possible). For accessories like belts, skinny ties, cufflinks, bowties, you could use colours like azure, Royal blue or teal. This is done to paint a harmonious blue combo.
4. LOUD COLOURS FOR GUYS?
As a guy, avoid extremely loud colours. However, yellow, green, red are ideal colours for dark guys. Eg., trying out a yellow double-breasted blazer on green pants is a perfect combo.
You could go further by having your pocketsquare in red or a shade of green like lemon.
5. BRIGHT COLOURS FOR LADIES?
Since ladies have more perceptiveness than men when it comes to colours, I need not point out areas they know well. But your accessories like pearls, clutches, bags, shoes, should stand in bright colours.
Pink, red, brown, purple, orange, beige, lemon, turqouise, jasmine and many other colours can be used by fashion conscious ladies. There’s actually no limits for them.
7. MAKE UP
As for make-up, some ladies fail woefully in achieving the desired effect. Why are they like that? You should be mindful of the colours used.
They ought to give artistic impressive not “a sick sick” impression. Pick hues that blend naturally with your skin.
8. COLOUR EXPERT ADVICE
Consult a stylist, designer, fashion artist or a
fashionista passionista for more tips and ideas on how to block colours effectively.
Have a colourful Sunday!