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Some basic color combinations naturally work together to create a color explosion. That's the theory behind this season's most dynamic style trend of color blocking the brighter the better, says Fernanda Bohme, co-owner of the Utah chain, Bohme Boutique.
Color blocking can take a variety of forms.
Similar colors • One strategy is to pair colors that are adjacent on the color wheel, such as green and blue, or orange and pink. For example, try Kelly green skinny jeans topped with a cobalt blue cardigan for a simple, but eye-catching combination. Consider playing around with up to three colors to create an ideal combination.
Complementary colors • Complementary colors are opposites on the color wheel, and pairing high-contrast separates can create a vibrant look. Striking combinations to consider include yellow and purple, red and green, or blue and orange.
Neutrals • Bohme suggests that color-blocking beginners start with one bright color combined with neutrals, such as black, brown, gray or white. That combination will make the brilliant-hued item pop, while the overall look will still be polished. Or pair one bright piece with denim for a more subtle look. Use color blocking to camouflage body flaws, wearing a neutral piece to minimize figure flaws and a colored piece in areas you want to enhance.
Prints • When adding a print to a color-blocked ensemble, shades don't need to match exactly, but Carrie Love, district merchandiser for Bohme Boutique, suggests staying within the same color tones and hues. Mixing color blocking with a leopard print can make a luxurious combination, Bohme adds.
Accessories • Since wearing bright, bold colors isn't for everyone, Bohme suggests you try brights "in small doses, and see where to draw the line." Start with accessories, bringing a punch of color to an outfit with shoes, bags, scarves or belts.
Tips • To take advantage of the fashion trend, remember you're aiming for a color clash, "so don't be afraid to try bold, daring combinations," says Bohme, adding there's no age or body limit for color blocking. "Anything will work if you have the confidence and personality to pull it off."