Fashion Trends on Trial: Colourblocking

By now we’re sure you all know the colourblocking has been deemed to be THE THING for this summer. And, of course, colourblocking is far from a new thing. In the past, you might have known it as “colour clashing” or simply “throwing on lots of brightly coloured items and calling yourself a fashionista”, but this season those who care deeply about being “bang on trend” are revelling in the opportunity to flash their fashion credentials by wearing lots of different colours, all at the same time.

So, what is colour-blocking? It’s exactly what it sounds like: blocks of colour, all worn together. There are no real “rules” to this. The colours don’t have to “go” with each other: in fact, if they clash, then so much the better for the “edgy” dresser. They can all exist in one item, as in the products pictured above, or you can simply create a colourblock effect by, say, wearing a bright red top with bright blue pants and green shoes – it’s completely up to you.

So, what do we think of all of this, ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury? Do you give a YAY or a NAY to the colourblocking trend, or does it depend on the item, the colours or the occasion?

(Images: ASOS, Kurt Geiger, Zara)

18 Comments

  • June 7, 2011

    Jennie

    NAY! Colorblocking seems to be new trend every couple of years…nothing fashionista about it.

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  • June 7, 2011

    Daisy

    I used to do it (the whole ‘throwing on four different colours, but without thinking I was fashionable) back when everyone looked at me as if I was completely bonkers. My favourite combo was purple, pink and lime green. So I still do it. I don’t see too much colourblocking on the Belgian streets anyway (a lot in the shops, like Zara, though, so maybe Belgians just aren’t very on trend?), so I don’t feel like I’m dressed the same way as everyone. Which helps. I still get to have my own style.

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  • June 7, 2011

    Katie

    Yay! Colourblocking is something fun, and perfect for summer, and although it may have been a trend previously, what trend hasn’t been repeated?
    Besides, as long as colours are teamed with some neutral items, and have some sort of relationship (i.e. complimentary colours, or the CMYbutwithouttheK outfit from Zara above), then it can look bold, but pleasing to the eye.

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    • June 15, 2011

      Ces

      agreeee! love the outfit on the right!!! C x

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  • June 7, 2011

    Miriam

    I think colour blocking can look great if done well. To me, the dress and the shoes look fine (even if I’d never wear that particular style), but the pant/shoes/neutral top combo doesn’t look good to me.

    And I just realized that I recently bought a colour blocking skirt 🙂

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  • June 7, 2011

    Natasha

    Yay! I’ve been doing this my whole adult life, because I just love bright colors. They cheer me up.
    At least for once in my life I’ll be bang on trend 🙂

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  • June 7, 2011

    Amy

    YAY!! i can finally find colourful jackets and shoes!that is all i’m asking for

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  • June 7, 2011

    Bette

    I like it. I like lots of bright colours squished into one outfit!

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  • June 7, 2011

    EricB

    I’m all for colorful clothes. But they have to mix well with each other.

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  • June 7, 2011

    Lexa

    I’m usually not a fan, but I recently did an accidental colourblocking thing which I liked quite a bit.

    Red shorts, white shirt, and turquoise demi-sweater. Surprisingly pretty!

    Still not liking the pink/green combo though.

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  • June 7, 2011

    Theresa

    I love colorblocking! Bright colors are so cheerful and fun. I do think that care needs to be taken with color choice though. It doesn’t have to be matchy-matchy, but some clashes work better than others. Also, an ugly shirt is an ugly shirt, no matter what colors you wear with it.

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  • June 7, 2011

    MM

    I like colour blocking but not that dress, it’s terrible! It’s like the Middle Ages on psychedelics. I actually enjoy both those things but they make for an awful dress.

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  • June 8, 2011

    Tatchi

    If done right, it can look great. I’m fond of lime green and magenta with some blue and yellow accessories 🙂
    However, that dress, and those shoes? Ugh.

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  • June 8, 2011

    Brina

    I like the styles, but the colours are a bit much for me.

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  • June 8, 2011

    Lauren

    I love color blocking but only when done right. It can go horribly wrong.

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  • June 8, 2011

    Beth

    It’s fine, just don’t like all these tacky 80’s colors everyone’s been putting together. I mean, a lot of people actually color block all the time normally, just not with these kinds of colors. lilac, puke orange and neon yellow? ugh.

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  • June 8, 2011

    Anna

    Colorblocking CAN work, but it can look awful when done wrong.

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  • August 7, 2011

    Jennifer Xie

    YAY!!! Colour-blocking can look VERY chic if it’s done right.

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