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My Secrets on How to Effortlessly Color Block Your Outfits

CEO Tinh Phung
If you're looking for a fun and vibrant way to express your style personality, then you need to learn the art of color blocking. Color blocking involves using "blocks of color" in your outfit to...

If you're looking for a fun and vibrant way to express your style personality, then you need to learn the art of color blocking. Color blocking involves using "blocks of color" in your outfit to create a bold and eye-catching look. Not only is it on-trend, but it can also be very flattering, especially for women over 40.

fall/winter pantone colors Fall/Winter Pantone Colors (source)

When creating a color block outfit, there are three main ways you can go: monochromatic, from the same color family, or contrasting tones. Let's dive into each technique and explore how to make them work for you.


To create a monochromatic look, you pick one color and layer different shades and tones of it. For example, if you choose a blue color palette, you can combine Galaxy Blue and Bluestone. The key is to mix up the fabrics and textures to add interest to your outfit. Try pairing woven with silky materials or monochromatic patterns with solid pieces.

how to color block using monochromatic colors Sally's Monochromatic Look (source)

From the Same Color Family

Colors from the same color family can also combine beautifully in a color block outfit. By choosing colors that are close to each other on the rainbow spectrum, you can create a harmonious look. For example, if you go for purple, blue, and green shades, they are all in the same "family" or end of the rainbow. To tie it all together, consider adding a pattern or print in the tones you've chosen.

color block inspiration from the same color family Hallie's Color Block Look (source)

Contrasting Tones

For those who want to get adventurous with color blocking, contrasting tones can create a striking effect. Choose colors from opposite ends of the rainbow, like blue with orange or yellow with purple. However, be careful with how you mix these very opposite colors. A good rule of thumb is to choose a saturated color and pair it with a softer shade of the opposite color. This technique works especially well if you're trying to create a slimming effect.

color blocking outfit idea Georgette's Contrasting Color Block Look (source)

Now that you know the different techniques for color blocking, let's explore some of the best color block pieces available in stores now:

  • Color block dress: Boden offers a variety of color blocked clothes, including dresses with color block detailing.

  • Color block sweater: Opt for a darker color on the bottom and a lighter color on top to emphasize the bust while helping to hide a belly.

  • Color block shirt: Subtle shades can create a sophisticated color block look.

  • Color block shoes: A new pair of shoes in a trendy color block design can update your existing outfits effortlessly.

  • Color block jacket: Add a color block jacket to even the simplest of looks to give them some pizzazz.

  • Color block coat: Stay warm this winter in a stylish color block coat that is sure to turn heads.

  • Color block skirt: Pair a skirt featuring strong blocks of color with a simple t-shirt or white shirt for a chic look.

  • Color block scarf: Wrap yourself in a soft cashmere scarf featuring a strong color block design.

  • Color block jeans: Create a slimming effect with vertical color block stripes in your outfit.

  • Color block top: Elevate your everyday style with a color block t-shirt.

  • Color block jumpsuit: Embrace the trend with a stylish color block jumpsuit that can be dressed up or down.

  • Color block handbag: Update your look by adding a trendy color block handbag to your outfit.

Color blocking can be a lot of fun and is an easy way to elevate your style. Remember to use at least two colors, add a neutral shade, and layer your separates to achieve the desired effect. Experiment with different color combinations and don't forget to have fun with it!

For more fashion tips and inspiration, check out the complete guides on 40+style.

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Color block your way to style Psyche's Color Block Look (source)

Feature image by Psyche