Color Blocking Menswear
I know it’s Winter but relatively soon the snow will melt (if you have any) and Spring will be upon us… Assuming the world doesn’t end tomorrow. Also all the stores have Spring merchandise in them now so it’s really the time to buy your wardrobe for when the sun shines again. I’m writing this for a couple reasons, one, I want to help you plan your shopping trip to get the most out of your time in the stores, and two, to help you piece together color combination you would have otherwise never considered. I’ll start with the wardrobing portion because it will lead into the “how to” section nicely.
So what is color blocking? Color blocking is the art of arranging different colors and styling them on one outfit. This can be done using different blocks of colors on various items of clothing or different colors on one single item. A good stylist will use colors that compliment in either a analogous, triadic, or complimentary method. I’ll explain these and to you and how you can use them when styling yourself. Analogous themes are when you use colors that are near each other on the color wheel. For example wearing red and pink together or green and blue would be examples of analogous color blocking. Complimentary colors opposite colors on the color wheel that end up complimenting a look. These colors could be red and green, Purple and Yellow, or Blue and orange to name a few. Triadic color blocking is the most difficult and takes patience while sourcing out the best shades to interact with the other colors you have chosen. Triadic themed looks will have three colors that are evenly spaced out on the color wheel. For example, you may select all the primary colors, or you may style an outfit with Orange, Purple, and Green. As long as they make a peace sign if you connect the colors on the color wheel then it will come across looking great.
When styling a Triadic color blocking look, you must first choose a color that you will use as the primary color. After that use the color wheel to select your other two colors as accents and style the pieces together as you normally would.
Once you have selected what colors theme you will use and which colors you want then you can venture out to the store and start your shopping. Always remember to style your outfit around the primary color and not to get lost with the others. The other thing you must keep in mind when using these strong colors, is to use a basic color as a grounding and unifying base. Use white, black, neutral, or another similar shade to balance the outfit.
Let me know what colors you like to combine and how in the comments below.