How To Wear: Color Block

How To Wear: Color Block
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 10, 2011

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Wendy Williams shows us how to balance out the colors with neutralizing nude pumps which create a strong base for wearing color block combinations of every hue.

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Leave it to Tracee Ellis Ross to show us how to blend the eclectic and elegance in color blocking by layering a chic boucle cardigan over a relaxed color block look.

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What’s so awesome about Thandie Netwon’s outfit? It proves that even abstract prints can enjoy the color block treatment! Pair a bold colored belt and a contrast color shoe for an abstract color blocked feel!

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With coat season upon us, the easiest way to try this trend is purchase a bold colored coat like Solange’s rich red one! Throw it over any ensemble for an instant color block effect.

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While most people tend to use black, Solange proves that a bright white or ivory colored piece makes a nice balance for a color block ensemble.

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Looking to try this trend at your next holiday party or an evening out? Then take a cue from Sanaa Lathan, here with Gabrielle Union, and pair a bold colored with a cocktail dress of a different color for a color-block ensemble.

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Casual clothes can be layered for a color block effect too – just ask Mrs. O. The First Lady pairs a hunter green tank with a pretty, purple hoodie for a relaxed take on the trend.

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Use a belt to create a color block effect, like our First Lady Does! A contrast color accent belts allows you to try this trend without layering on different colors!

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Don’t be scared to accessorize your color blocked ensemble with equally colorful, print accessories! Lil’ Kim follows this rule with knee high sandals and and a clutch full of prints.

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Let your shoes in on the act by selecting bold hued footwear. Pairing that with an alternate colored dress, as LaLa Vazquez does, allows you to try color blocking in a different way!

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Don’t want to commit to layering colors? Then take a page from Angela Simmons’ book and let your shoes do it for you! Color blocked sandals like hers elevate a basic black ensemble.

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Iman rocks it best with this gorgeous Prabal Gurung ensemble which boldly pairs mint blue with orange. Follow her lead by accenting with belts and earrings that play up your color scheme.

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If you want to tip toe into color blocking, go the Garcelle Beauvais route by pairing a boldly colored dress (or mono-chrome look) with a shoe in a different color.

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Mix it up – literally! As Garcelle Beauvais shows, injecting a print element, like a belt, adds dimension to a color block ensemble.

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Opting for boldly colored pants, like Tika Sumpter’s ravishing red version, is a quick way to inject color blocking in your wardrobe.

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Make one color stand out the strongest by selecting black as your secondary color, like Melanie Fiona does here.

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You don’t always have to go back to Black. Keyshia Cole shows that cream colored pieces make just as chic a combo for Color Block dressing.

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Color block works just as well with toned down hues like rich plums and blues. Take Jessica White’s lead and opt for these deep hues when color blocking.

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Serena Williams shows that even swimwear can get the color block treatment! Try this by mixing and matching solid colored bikini tops and bottoms for the same effect.

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Lala Vazquez’ custom created gown shows how dramatic you can get with Color Blocking. Try what she did and throw on

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Kerry Washington makes trying the Color Block trend super easy by wearing a Gucci one-piece which combines two colors topped with a gold belt.

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Keri Hilson rocks the Color Block trend by popping on a bold blue belt on top of her mustard yellow dress. Very 70s glam.

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If you go bold and bright with one color, you are free to temper the hue with simple, sleek accessories as Eve shows.

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Nude pumps and shoes make a great balance when rocking a bright, bold Color Block combo.

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Janet Jackson proves that Color Blocking is not just for day, but can light up the night as well. This Haider Ackermann ensemble pairs a rich green blouse with a warm burgundy skirt and bold blue belt.

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