We are used to consider color blocking an expressive combination of several bright colors, as if one color is blocking another and at the same time they are on equal positions and occupy approximately the same area.
This rule is reflected in the collections of Dior, Paul & Joe, Jasquemus, where contrasting colors are equal, having the same chromatic tone. But there were also designers who have decided to slightly depart from the usual and experiment with the intensity of the shades. For example, Thakoon lightened up one of the colors with one tone while Altuzarra, Givenchy and Jean-Paul Gaultier made no bones and muted the second color with several tones.
Here is how not to go wrong with colors:
First, don’t use more than 3 colors. Too many colors will make you look too busy. More than 3 colors is too much going on. Colors are supposed to make you look good and brighten your skin complexion. So, if you wear too much color, people might not see you, but rather the colors. Particularly if you wear intense colors.
The best way to go with colors is to choose one dominant color and use the others to adorn it. The dominant color should be one that attracts attention. The other colors you add should be more basic and neutral like grey, brown, beige, black, white, etc…
Don’t wear the total monotonous look. Even if it’s your favorite color, it’s boring and way too much. In France, we use the expression “casser une couleur ” which means to break up the color. For example, don’t wear a yellow jacket with a yellow t-shirt. Break it up with a white t-shirt. It looks way better.
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