Fashion 101 - Color Blocking

Hi there!

The color blocking trend has been around for a while ... and is still going strong this year. I love it's principle of blending large swaths of color for statement making effect.

The color wheel is a convenient tool to use when attempting to play with colors.  Understanding the relationship colors have with each other, helps in selecting new colors and working with existing ones in your closet.

In 1966, Sir Isaac Newton performed a prism experiment in which he discovered that pure white light contains the full spectrum of colors - in effect, creating the world’s first color wheel.
And ever since, artists, designers, philosophers and scientists have studied the components of color and its psychological, philosophical and physical effects.

Newton’s wheel is made up of 12 colors, which can be divided into 3 categories:

1. Primary Colors – Red, Yellow and Blue

2. Secondary Colors – Orange, Green and Violet

3. Tertiary Colors – a combination of a secondary color and a primary color next
Yellow-Orange,  Red-Orange, Red-Violet, Blue-Violet, Blue-Green and Yellow-Green

There are 4 common ways to use these colors in the color blocking trend: 

1.  One Color – Monochromatic
Take small steps toward color mixing with a monochromatic ensemble. It’s simply one color in varying intensities (from light to dark)

2. Two Colors -  Analogue
Branch out into color by pairing 2 analogue colors (colors that sit next to each other on the wheel)

3. Two Colors -  Complementary
Want to try a high-contrast color outfit?  Choose a complementary scheme (colors that are directly across from each other on the wheel). Complementary colors are used to offset the main color (complement)

4. Three Colors -  Triad
Although an outfit constructed of triad colors (3 colors that form an equilateral triangle in the middle of the circle) is bold, it's also well balanced

Take care and see you soon