My Paper Doll: Color Blocking, Level 1

Color Blocking-level 1

It seems as though everyone is color blocking at the moment, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy to do, or for everyone. But because I love it and think it’s fun, I decided to create a mini series to show how you can rock this trend at three different levels: 1-for beginners, 2-for intermediate, 3-for advanced.

Today, I give you the first steps, level 1, in color blocking. We will start out slow and work our way up to super bright with lots of pizazz. But remember, each level is perfectly acceptable. It’s the fact that you are trying out a trend, even if it is out of your comfort area. That is what is important. I will be rolling out the three levels over the next week and a half, so make sure to check back. Alright, let’s get started!

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What I’m Wearing: 1. Zara Blouse and Cheap Monday Jeans 2. J.Crew Necklaces / Vintage Boots 3. H&M Cropped Trench, J.Crew Clutch, Kenneth Cole Shoes, Accessorize Ring

(You’ll notice I am wearing two different shoes in these photos. The truth is, as I am sure you all know, that happens when creating an outfit. You might put on one thing but decide in the end you want to go with something completely different. I just embraced it!)

How To Recreate It:

1. I started with one of my new favorite bright blouses. Then to offset its bold color, I went with a muted pastel for the bottom. These jeans are light blue, which I thought created a pretty, yet unique contrast with the vibrant green.

2. I did a little tuck with the blouse to keep it casual, then added a couple long necklaces to break up the solid color on top. I started out by wearing boots but realized I wanted to keep the overall look a little more light and not so blocky, so opted for sleek pumps.

3. Lately I have been pairing these maroon heels with lots of pieces, whether it’s black and white stripes or in this case, an unexpected grassy green top.)

I kept the finishing touches—trench and clutch—neutral so that the focus remained on the subtle color blocking, which I wanted to be the focal point.

***Now for a quick lesson about this look. I would not necessarily call this ensemble traditional color blocking, at least not compared to this, this or this look that I wore a little bit ago. But that is the point of this post. I wanted to help show how you can integrate color and seque into the color blocking trend without feeling overwhelmed. Hope you’ve enjoyed the first post of this mini series. Make sure to stay tuned for the intermediate version next week! xoxo

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  • Nice, easy to follow example. I think you could do endless tutorials like this because people seem to need see the look before having the confidence to do it themselves.

    Keep up the great work.

    Ryan
    http://www.fashables.com/w

  • MG

    This is a great tutorial for beginners! Can’t wait to see levels 2 & 3.

  • I love color blocking! My favorite cominations are green + black or lime green + kelly green. I’m definitely into this trend right now. Thanks for sharing your methods. :)

  • Ohh…a mini series…such a great idea! I’ll be sending those who need help with color blocking your way!

  • Thanks for the tutorial…looking forward to seeing more!

  • Oh, I am excited for this series of Paper Doll posts. Color blocking is something I’ve been wanting to try, but seem to have some sort of mental block about doing. So, thank you for doing these!

  • Nan

    I love the color blocking look… I wore my red skirt with a purple shirt.

    http://heytherecarole.blogspot.com/2011/03/springing-for-some-color.html

  • I like this take on color blocking… it seems so many people think you need to combine crazy non-matching colors for it to be legit color blocking. But that is so not the case. This outfit is stunning and simple. Love it. – Katy

  • Such a fun idea for a post! I can’t wait to see the next two segments! This is a great basic color blocking look – I am a little bit obsessed with that cropped trench, I have been searching for one but none that I have found have been cropped enough! Yours is SO cute!

  • Love this post! I jumped right into color-blocking with bright colors! Haha

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  • Rachael

    I LOVE your Cheap Monday jeans. Can you share what style/what the name of them are?

    Thanks!


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