This season is all about color. Not just ANY color, but all colors. And lots of them worn together. One of the season's biggest trends is “color blocking,” which isn't just limited to a Mondrian-style print, but it's also about wearing more than one bright color at a time. Most women are afraid of bright colors, either because they are worried that they won't be figure flattering or that they won't be age appropriate. Some women do wear one bright color that complements their eye color or skin tone, but many are afraid to wear more than one. Style expert and host of TLC's “What Not to Wear” Stacy London shows us how to conquer our fear of color and use it to flatter our figures, regardless of shape!
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Work: The “color block” print
This is the print most associated with "color blocking" that looks like a Mondrian painting — literally, the look of graphic lines that create boxes on a garment. This does not need to be unflattering at all, and while it may seem like a tricky print to wear, it can actually work to flatter your figure. The cut of a style always dictates how flattering the item will be when worn. Try a sheath dress where the waistline hits slightly higher than your natural waist, if you carry your weight in your midsection. This print can create the appearance of a smaller waistline and a longer leg. In a relatively neutral color palette, this is an absolutely appropriate trend for the workplace. Try a bright-colored shoe to add some fun, yet still be professional in this look.
Navy/cream color block sheath dress, Alfani, $89, Macys.com; Orange suede heel, Mango, $149.90, Shop.mango.com; Blue ribbon cuff bracelet, Alexis Bittar, $295, Alexisbittar.com; Navy shoulder bag, Merona, Target.com; Sunglasses, H&M, $6.95, Hm.com/us
Weekend: Two solid colors and a neutral
Use color to your advantage. Color draws the eye in first, so wear it on your body where you want the eye to go. If you carry your weight in your lower half, wear color on the top half of your body for the most flattering silhouette. Try two colored tops: a layering piece like a T-shirt and a button-down shirt/jacket as a completer piece, of equal brightness and with the same undertone. They become the focus of the outfit and you can define a waistline with a neutral belt for added emphasis. Try a neutral-colored pant in a universally flattering cut, a mid-rise straight-leg trouser. We've chosen one with a light gold pinstripe. The pinstripe, while subtle, draws the eye vertically rather than horizontally, which creates the appearance of a longer, leaner leg line. Try adding a third, softer color in as an accent that is in contrast to the two main colors in your accessories. Think sprinkles on a sundae: They stand out but complement the outfit as a whole.
Blue linen jacket, Jones New York, $74, Jny.com; Raspberry jersey top, T. Tahari, $48, Shop.nordstrom.com; Beige vertical striped trouser, Alfani, $69, Macys.com; Coral T-strap Wedge sandal, Indigo by Clarks, $99.99, Clarksusa.com; Purple snake skin/Orange ostrich wrap bracelets, Sasha Rhett, $75 each, Sasharhett.com; Gold link bracelet, Ben Amun, $155, Ben-amun.com; Gold necklace with rhinestone beads, Topshop, $20, Us.topshop.com; Gold ring with red stone, Allison Daniel, $68, Allisondanieldesigns.com; Gold bangle bracelets, Adrienne Vittadini, $38 for set of 3, Adriennevittadini.com; Multicolor woven clutch, Aldo, $45, Aldoshoes.com
Day to evening: All solid color
Motorcycle Denim Jacket, Topshop, $80, Us.topshop.com ; Color block top, Urban Outfitters, $49, Urbanoutfitters.com; Yellow shorts, J. Crew, $42.50, Jcrew.com; Dyle Brown Wedge Platform Shoes, $100, Aldoshoes.com; Pink Across Body Handbag, $138, Radley London, Radleylondon.com; Turquoise Multi Bangle Bracelets, $14.50, LOFT, Loftonline.com; Circular rhinestone on leather cord bracelet, $26, FOSSIL, Fossil.com; Silver heart beads on pink leather bracelet, $135, Martine Wester, Martinewester.com, Black and white bead and leather bracelets, $34, Chico's, Chicos.com
Evening: One bright color as an accent
We all love black for evening, but this season look for pieces with accents of bright color! Try a black bustier with a colored strap (like PINK) and pair with a black miniskirt or tuxedo pant. If you have a relatively straight frame, a bustier is a great way to visually add curves to the body, accenting the chest and creating a waistline. Try a ruffled or tiered miniskirt to emphasize the curve on a straight hip. Try matching your accessories to the color in your top for a bold graphic look. Pink and Black is one of my favorite combinations because it is also the name of the American Cancer Society Gala I'm hosting tomorrow night in Brooklyn, so it's a color combo with a great cause. I'll be rocking the look myself.
Pink T-strap heels, Zara, $109, Zara Stores and Zara.com; Black twisted cuff, Swarovski crystallized, $70, Swarovski-crystallized.com; Black bracelet w/large rhinestones, Otazu made with Swarovski elements, $220, Swarovski-crystallized.com; Black heart clutch handbag, Felix Rey, $150, Felixrey.com, Pink Lucite fan earrings, Alexis Bittar, $185, Alexisbittar.com; Pink & black bustier top, Bebe, $69, Bebe.com; Black ruffle skirt, Banana Republic, $79.50, Bananarepublic.com
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