One of the hottest trends on the runway for spring 2011 was outrageous, vivacious colorblocking. Huge in the ’60s, colorblocking can be done with a few hues or tons of colors, but the best way to color block is to combine compatible shades with a completely different punch color.
This look is super flattering for the larger lady because expert colorblocking takes emphasis away from certain parts of your body, creating different lines and dimensions.
We’ve put together 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees–and pretty much anywhere else in your life where you need an injection of color!
Look: Orange You Glad You Didn’t Go Bananas
Orange, tans, and yellows punctuated with a hot pink watch make take a girlie pleated dress to a super sporty level.
Orange and Tan colorblock dress from ASOS:
Fuchsia studs from Topshop:
Orange and hot pink Juicy Couture watch:
Fendi colorblock sandal:
Bright yellow nail polish from OPI:
Look: Desert Sunrise
With soft, muted colors that evoke a Southwestern sunrise, the vibrant yellow punch color will mimic the bright, endearing sunlight of the desert.
Olivia Moon olive colorblock dress:
Kate Spade shiny yellow tote:
Jil Sander yellow and silver wedge sandals:
Turquoise earrings from Suzanna Dai Palm Springs:
Rhinestone and turquoise ring from Topshop:
OPI coral shimmer nail polish:
Look: Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous
Like a character from an ’80s cartoon, this colorblocking look shuns all rules about what colors go with what. Who needs rules anyway?
Royal blue and coral colorblock dress from ASOS:
Dooney & Burke colorblock crossbody:
Lime silk wishbone necklace from Max & Chloe:
Mina hot pink wooden wedge sandal:
Scented lime nail polish from Forever 21:
Look: Pump Up The Jam
This look is perfect for a liberal office setting with a slightly conservative black and white pencil dress accented by some bold heels, chunky jewelry, and a funky hot pink wicker purse.
Black and white pencil dress from Little Woods:
Yellow ring with zipper:
Marc Jacobs colorblock bangle:
Charlotte Olympia colorblock satin pumps:
Kate Spade hot pink wicker bag:
Look: Art School Girlfriend
This young, fresh look combines coral high-waisted shorts with a loose fitting sheer-backed tunic tee, some expensive wedges, and an arts & craft appeal. The perfect brunch outfit for the art school girl with her rock ‘n roll boyfriend.
Coral linen high-waisted shorts:
Navy & Pink sheer-backed colorblock dress from Forever 21:
Multi-textured bright beaded necklace from Yoox:
OPI Greenwich Village Nail Polish:
Lanvin wood and nude ballet wedge: