THOUGHTFUL MISFIT

by Tienlyn Jacobson

HOW TO COLOR BLOCK

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COAT. BODYSUIT. SKIRT. BAG (also here in NAVY and here in GRAY). SHOES (Marc Jacobs, old, similar HERE and HERE). SUNGLASSES. NECKLACE. BRACELET. CONSTELLATION RING. PEARL RING.  

COAT. BODYSUIT. SKIRT. BAG (also here in NAVY and here in GRAY). SHOES (Marc Jacobs, old, similar HERE and HERE). SUNGLASSES. NECKLACE. BRACELET. CONSTELLATION RING. PEARL RING.  

Oh color blocking. I love it so much, and yet sometimes, it can go so wrong. While I've had my share of 'circus outfit' snafus in the past (aka my entire 10th grade year), this is one stylistic trend where I finally feel truly confident. So how to keep your color blocking cohesive? Read on after the jump for my favorite tricks. 

  1. Go Neutral: Obviously, I love color blocking with neutrals. This is a great way to keep a basic palette interesting and give variety to your favorite staples. Plus, since neutrals are inherently more subtle, this is a great way to experiment without it feeling too risky. 
  2. Go for more than just two colors: While two colors often works, I've found that this can also get a little too matchy matchy. Try three to switch it up a bit. Sometimes four can work, but don't overdo it on the colors as well, or you'll lose the color blocked effect. 
  3. Try different tones in the same color:  Two shades of blue, for example, or a lighter and darker tan always looks amazing and gives you a touch more dimension. 
  4. Use the 3-2-1 rule: This is just a general guide - but it's a great one to refer to if you're at a bit of a loss and it's also what I've done with this look. Try three pieces (or parts of pieces) in one color, two in another, and one in another. This keeps your use of color from being too even. It also allows you to natural introduce a dominant color, which is another important factor to nailing color blocking!
  5. Don't be afraid to bend the rules: Remember that all of these are general guides but the most important thing to keep in mind is the overall look and that you feel awesome in it! That's always the thing that will shine through the most ;) 

xx,

Tienlyn

Photos by Nikko DeTranquilli