Written by Demyah Jackson
Color blocking is a great way to spice up a bland wardrobe. It can be as subtle as pairing two neutral colors together in one ensemble, to using complimentary fluorescents to make a statement. No matter the season or year, color blocking is a fashion staple worth incorporating into your closet. Check out the best color blocking styles from the top fashion designers and their 2015 Pre-Fall collections, and learn how you can emulate the looks.
1. Lisa Perry
Perry’s collection is full of fluorescent and pastel color combinations, an authentic comeback of Andres Courreges 60’s mod aesthetic. Replicate this look with an A-line skirt or dress in a neon color of your choice. Pair with a neon accessory in a different color but same value. A skull cap, canvas sneaker, jelly sandal or even a light scarf will create a similar effect.
Roksanda’s Pre-Fall collection this year is pleasant and feminine. She makes use of blushed hues in layering variations of pink and purple. All pulled together with long clean shapes. Emulate this color blocking technique by opting for long- fitted but oversize pieces in pastel or muted colors with the same values. An oversized vintage vest, a suited button down, and a delicate pair of gauchos are great pieces to start with.
3. Ohne Titel
Titel uses geometric shapes and motifs to make up her color blocking collection. The colors are bold but warm with a futuristic appeal. Get this look by pairing a straight pencil skirt, with a fitted top of a contrasting or complimentary color.
Long linear silhouettes and surprising hues create MSGM’s color blocking technique in this look. Emerald, fire red, black bold stripes and a pale pink to highlight, constructs a new form of color placement. To create this look, opt for a loose light fabric dress that doesn’t hug the body, in solid or bold stripe vertical patterns. Get creative and use a solid colored scarf to wrap around the waste of the dress for that color blocking style you desire.
Giuletta’s piece stirs toward optical illusions, geometric patterns and complimentary colors to create the color-blocking story. To get this look aim for an A-line or shift dress in a solid color or geometric shapes, layer over with a thin dark cardigan or one with a contrasting color to set off your color blocking effect.
Demyah Jackson is an Ohio born, Atlanta raised college student, entering her final year at SCAD Atlanta as a writing major with a concentration in fashion. She enjoys thrift shopping, scheming up creative ideas, good music, spoken word poetry and empowering herself and others through writing and fashion. Find her on Instagram @myahjay and Tumblr, and don’t forget to say hi!