Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Master the Art of Male Color Blocking

Yesterday, I posted a Blogger Spotlight on color blocking and with such a great response I decided to expand on the topic for those who wanted to try this technique with different color palettes

This is an older spread that came out in June of 2011 but I feel as if it depicts the different variations of color blocking effortlessly. Twenty-one year old model Taejahn Taylor, from Massachusetts is currently taking the fashion Industry by storm. The young model has worked alongside the infamous Alessandra Ambriosso and Rob Evans on a shoot for Numero Tokyo, however here we see him on his own in the spotlight for GQ! This in depth " Ola De Color" fashion spread was shot in the desert as features the photography of Sergi Pons and styling by Miguel Arnau.








Color Blocking Tips
The color wheel will be your best friend! The best color combinations are within two to three spaces of each other. If you've mastered this skill set you can add additional combinations with colors diagonal of each other. 
Cheat. You'll look like a fashion genius without putting any thought into it if you simply buy an item that is already color blocked. Pick one that works for your skin tone and personal style- and make sure all the colors flatter, not just one or two.

Pair separates. When it comes to color-blocking with separates, the easiest way is to pair a bright hue with a contrasting darker hue. Once you've gotten the hang of it, you can try to pair two bold colors, but we suggest starting with the basics. As I talked about in yesterday's blog post, try using an additional dimension of color to break up your two separate layers as pictured below with the belt option. 

Kick it up a notch. Once you've got your basic/ bold hues covered, it's time to add one more (yes, one more). Try adding a pattern or stripe to add more physical levels to your ensemble. Remember to keep colors in line with the visual story you are depicting. Notice in the below picture the stripped socks and tribal shoes were added.

Up the Ante. Once you've got your main hues represented in your outfit, take color-blocking to the next level with accessories. If you've got a deep-hued top, or bright suit, pair it with bright accessories and vice-versa. A bright yellow top looks great with cobalt blue bracelets, and a deep purple or navy pant works very nicely with bright shoes. Try adding a bold hat to further address your color story. 

Opposites attract. There are a few things to remember when it comes to color-blocking with the right colors. Make sure you only have one neon color. While it's totally okay to rock three bold colors, only one of them should be super bright. We like this formula: one bright, one bold, one neutral.

For some additional palettes check out these visuals 






 Great options to wear with Royal Blue 








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5 comments:

  1. This was an informative article.

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  2. Hi i love your bright colored style article!!! Do you have suggestion for NEON color style? I see this article is more of bright colors :)

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    1. Thanks for reading Scott. I listed this about Neons:

      Opposites attract. There are a few things to remember when it comes to color-blocking with the right colors. Make sure you only have one neon color. While it's totally okay to rock three bold colors, only one of them should be super bright. We like this formula: one bright, one bold, one neutral.

      In my opinion once you become skilled at highlighting one neon you can add 2-3 more neons together but, it's very important to have a nude or darker color option to tone it down. If you feel as if your personal style can go for neon on neon with no filters.... I say GO FOR IT!

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  3. what can i put on with,on a sky blue trouser and a brown shoes,,,,what kind of t-shirt can i put on without a jacket

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