While it may not seem obvious at first, but a little bit of curious research can shed light upon the fact that there is in fact a science behind fashion. Most of us more commonly associate fashion as an arts’ venture, because perhaps that’s a more easier thought process and also comes naturally. However, there is evidence to prove otherwise.
The color theory that most of us have studied in our physics class can be applied to the fashion worlds’ concept of color blocking. Yes, lets take science out of the text book and use it to create outfits for everyday life! How very interesting – wouldn’t you say??
Color blocking is the idea of taking a two or more solid-bold colors, and using them throughout your outfit. While that may seem simple enough, the confusion arises from having to select which colors to put together. There are some of us who are just innately good at this, and can mix and match colors without putting in an iota of thought. But then there are those who have to learn to be fashionable and trendy.
Unlike in any period of history before, we are living in an age where we can self-teach our selves pretty much anything! We must take advantage of this privilege.
The color wheel describes the range of colors that we see in the world.
Primary colors – Red, yellow, blue
Secondary colors- Orange, green, violet
Tertiary Colors- red-orange, yellow-orange, yellow-green, blue-green, blue-violet, red-violet
These colors can be used in ways that makes an outfit appealing to the human eye. In order to color block there are few things that we can take from science on how to create balance in an ensemble. Here we will illustrate two basic strategies on how to color block- Complimentary and Analogous color blocking.
|Color Blocking using Complementary Colors|
1) Complimentary colors – these are colors that lie on opposite sides on the color wheel. So if you just chose one color, then follow your finger through an imaginary diameter- the color on the other end is a complimentary color. An example is the following image on the left.
|Color Blocking using Analogous Colors|
2) Analogous Colors – These are colors that sit next to each other on the color wheel. So if you put your finger on any color on the color wheel, the colors to the left and right of that color are Analogous colors. So yes- you can safely put together two very bright colors- red and pink !
While these are just two of the basic themes of color blocking, I have chosen them because you can start of with these and then move on to the more complex ones. Like a science experiment, there is trial and error involved – so you must be patient. Put together a few different combinations based on the color wheel and see what works for you. Whether you are trying to color block your top with pants, or you are trying on a pre- color blocked dress- remember to have fun with it !!
|Color Block using Pastel Colors|
Pastel Color Blocking
Another way that you can be a part of the color block trend is to color block with pastel colors. Pastel colors are very light, low saturated colors, and have a matte output. Examples include-butter yellow, powder blue etc. Again, don’t forget that it may not be a one time success- but you shouldn’t get discouraged and give up.
|Color Blocking with Neon Colors|
Neon Color Blocking – another way to incorporate color blocking into your wardrobe is to use bright neon shades. Keep in mind that this color palette will surely be a very bold one. So if you are feeling a bit experimentative – go for it ! If you have your hesitations about color blocking in general, it is better to start off with something like pastels and then progress to this.
This post just basically brushed the surface of the wonderful world of color blocking. Keep in mind that you can learn a lot about how colors work in conjugation with each other when constructing different outfits. I would love to learn about your ideas, and how you guys go about color blocking. So please comment. Remember to EXPERIMENT LIKE A SCIENTIST !!!