Color Blocking Outfits the Simple Way | How To Guide

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Hey friends, happy Friday! Today, I’m sharing with you a few tips on color blocking outfits effortlessly. I’ll be color blocking today’s look with a pair of comfortable Keds sneakers (under $40), a pleated midi skirt, and a tie-front work-friendly blouse.

How to color-block your outfits the simple way

I’m not even going to lie; learning how to match wardrobe pieces together in a way that is pleasing to the eyes can be daunting. I found that keeping it simple to two or three colors made a lot of difference.

So, let’s get started!

What is color blocking in fashion?

Color-blocking is the combination of colors together to create an outfit that is interesting and pleasing to the eyes.


When did this color pairing start?

The art of color blocking in fashion is believed to have started in 1946 with a dress by Yves St. Laurent during the fall/winter show (source).


How can I color-block my outfits?

Follow these simple tips to get started color-blocking your outfits effortlessly.

  1. Solid Colors
    Pick solid colored outfits. Patterns and prints draw attention from the entire ensemble, which could result in a look with a riot of colors fighting to be noticed. The focus should be on the whole outfit.



  2. Know Your Color Wheel
    Choose two or three colors (I recommend starting with two colors) and stick to them. Complementary, triadic, and analogous colors are proven to go well together. P.S: I had a picture of the color wheel on my mirror for a few months while practicing this strategy.


  3. Overall Look
    If done properly, a color-block outfit is the sum of its parts. That is, the overall look of your ensemble go great together. This includes your jewelry, purse, shoes, glasses, headband, belt, and more.

How to great stellar outfits by color-blocking

Color blocking is a great way to let your personality shine through. You’ll love this technique so much that it might become your signature style.

I’ve teamed up with Zappos and Keds to show you how to make a piece of clothing (or shoes) stand out from the rest of your look by color blocking.

I started with my shoes, the Keds Champion-Canvas in white color. It runs true to size with enough room for no-show socks if you prefer to wear one.

Keds White Champion Canvas | the art of color blocking outfits

Since white is a neutral color, it pairs beautifully with any color. I chose to pair my Keds sneakers with articles of clothing to match my personality.

I picked a pink midi skirt for because pleats is a classic design and flow beautifully as you walk. Then I contrasted the ensemble with a trendy tie-front blouse. I finished the look with a matching pink tote (similar) with gold hardware and gold-tone chandelier earrings. See, creating color blocking outfits is not too hard 🙂

Three simple ways to master the art of color blocking outfits today!

I ended up wearing this outfit to a brunch date with two blogger friends in Philly. And guess what? We ended up walking trekking for a while (long story). Thankfully, I was wearing the comfiest pair of shoes.

Did you know that Zappos.com carries an assortment of Keds shoes? I had no idea! I love that Keds canvas feel and look great, last a long time and don’t cost a fortune.

color blocking outfits

And they are super versatile! I’ve already paired my Keds with a maxi skirt and crop top. Because the sneakers are lightweight, you can wear them on the go and switch them up when you get to your destination.

I’ve always known that Zappos.com offers free, fast shipping with an impressive 365 days return policy. Reading the book titled, Delivering Happiness, by Zappos.com CEO, Tony Hsieh opened my eyes to how far and beyond goes with their customer service.

Three simple ways to master the art of color blocking outfits today!

The customer service representative that helped me with my order (I made a mistake with my order) went above and beyond. She was accommodating and courteous throughout the process. Zappos truly offers world-class customer service!

Color Blocking Outfits the Simple Way | How To Guide

Two days later, my Zappos package containing a pair of Keds Champion-Canvas was at my doorstep!

Not sure which style to get?

Try the lightweight and breathable Keds White Champion for the lady on the go. It features a cushioned insole for support and comfort. Or the Keds Rise Jersey if you like a bit of a platform. Click here to see the assortment of Keds available at Zappos.com.

Keds White Champion sneakers

Thanks for supporting the brands that help keep this blog running. And to the awesome team at Collectively and Zappos x Keds for making this sponsored post possible.


Your turn! What’s your favorite pair of Keds sneakers? Leave you thoughts in the comment section below.


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I am wearing:
Keds Champion-Canvas (c/o)
Pink pleated midi skirt (exact)
Waist knot summer blouse (exact)
Top-handle dome satchel (similar)


25 Comments

  1. June 14, 2019 / 9:13 am

    What a fun post! I love color blocking as well. It was also popular in the 60s but with a twist.

  2. June 9, 2019 / 11:54 pm

    I love that pink/red dress on you!! That is your color for sure!! I love those Keds too, so classic!

  3. Rachel
    June 9, 2019 / 11:33 pm

    I love this look. I don’t do it very often but I should really start to make more of an effort.

  4. June 9, 2019 / 5:27 pm

    You are right about Zappos, they offer the best and most efficient customer service. A while ago, I needed to return a pair of shoes and exchange them for a different style that was similarly priced and was totally impressed with their service. You wear the Keds shoes really well. I’m personally not a huge fan of Keds, but they look good on you.

  5. Beth
    June 9, 2019 / 3:34 pm

    You look great in that outfit! I’ll have to study the color wheel and your advice.

    • Louisa
      Author
      June 9, 2019 / 6:23 pm

      You’re too kind, Beth. Thanks for the sweet compliment.

  6. June 9, 2019 / 2:24 pm

    I love the trend of color blocking. It’s pretty easy to pull off and I love the effect. I totally love your outfits here.

  7. Heather
    June 9, 2019 / 10:52 am

    Wow, these outfits are all so bright and fun. I don’t know that I could pull them off as well as you!

  8. June 9, 2019 / 1:45 am

    I learn lot about fashion through your posts. I didn’t know anything about color blocking thanks for teaching me that.

    • Louisa
      Author
      June 9, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      You’re too kind. It warms my heart to know that you learn a lot from my posts 🙂

  9. June 8, 2019 / 8:28 pm

    I am not very adventurous and still with neutral colours with the odd pop of colour. I need to step out of my comfort zone and try colour-blocking. I love the outfits you styled here!

  10. June 8, 2019 / 2:32 pm

    I always like the idea of wearing a skirt or dress and paired with a pair of sneakers. It’s such a comfy and casual look and yet very girly.

  11. Melanie
    June 8, 2019 / 10:50 am

    I have always been a fan of blue and yellow together. I am not very good at color blocking, but I get inspiration on how to put outfits together from people like you!

    • Louisa
      Author
      June 9, 2019 / 6:35 pm

      So kind of you! Thanks Melanie!

  12. Ruth I
    June 8, 2019 / 4:11 am

    Those outfits are absolutely awesome. The popping colors just levels up the outfit. You look amazing.

    • Louisa
      Author
      June 9, 2019 / 6:34 pm

      Thank you, Ruth!

  13. Cathy Mini
    June 8, 2019 / 3:20 am

    What a beautiful stunning outfit I really like your fashion and style. What a pretty nice shoe to be matched on it. That is so great. I like it.

  14. June 7, 2019 / 9:06 pm

    I am so afraid of color so this is a great starting point of tips because I would be lost. I am so use to black and grey but it’s time to step it up some

  15. June 7, 2019 / 9:01 pm

    I am so fashioned challenged, I haven’t even attempted to color block anything from my wardrobe. I like the idea of printing out the color wheel for help on pairing colors though. That’s such a great tip!

  16. June 7, 2019 / 8:03 pm

    I love these looks. I’m all about bright colors. And I really like these shoes. I need to get a pair of white sneakers.

  17. June 7, 2019 / 8:00 pm

    I love your outfit and those Keds are such a classic. Color blocking is so much fun and I think I’ll be more confident – thanks to you – the next time I wear a color blocked outfit.

  18. Liz Mays
    June 7, 2019 / 6:31 pm

    This is so helpful! It might be a good time for me to put together some new outfits for summer. I love the Keds you picked out to go with your outfit!

  19. June 7, 2019 / 5:36 pm

    This is a great outfit I think we all color block but I never knew the name for it. I will keep all these tips in mind and love the Keds.

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