How to Color Block this Spring

The birds are chirping, spring is tiptoeing around the corner and there’s one trend you can expect to see recycled again this year: color-blocking.

Slimming, practical and work-appropriate – color-blocking is a trend that works for every woman.

Thinking of “springing” up your power suit?

According to Pantone’s Fashion Color Report, this spring’s color palette mixes classic and new and bright and neutral, with emerald being the year’s standout hue.

What exactly is color blocking?

“It’s strategically pairing contrasting bold colors which complement each other, and together, they create a unique look,” says Paula Shapiro, stylist with The StyleDuo.

Color blocking works with clothes already in your closet. Create looks using separate, contrasting pieces, such as a navy pencil skirt and citron blouse.

Mixing dynamic colors with nudes and neutrals creates an attention-grabbing balance.

If you’re apprehensive about taking fashion risks, remember color blocking can be slimming.

“If you’re heavier on top, place the darker color there. If you carry your weight on the bottom, wear the darker color there,” Shapiro reveals. “This will create a slimming effect in the areas that you need it most.”

And, the trend also works at work. Try a cardigan over a color blocked dress or a bright-colored blazer with gray pants for an office-appropriate look.

You can also color block with accessories by pairing a contrasting handbag or color blocked pumps.

Bonus PINK Link: Is your closet getting a little out of control? Try a closet cleanse.

Plan to try a color blocked outfit?

By Sarah Grace Alexander

“The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” Coco Chanel

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