Garfene Grandison, Gleaner Writer
Women have been spearheading fashion globally, even moreso in Jamaica. So, naturally, they will be on trend with the season's hottest must-haves.
Following our well received colour-blocking feature for men, we focus today on helping women mix and match.
Colour block is not a new trend, but it is definitely back this season.
What is colour blocking?
Colour-block fashion combines the use of two or more blocks of colour to make the perfect stylish ensemble. It ranges from tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes to accessories, handbags etc. To simplify, it means creating an outfit by putting areas or blocks of solid colour next to each other. It can include monotone, bright colours, muted colours, contrasting and complementary colours. Clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories can all feature colour-block designs or can make up different blocks of colour to be put together for a colour-blocked outfit.
You need to be careful while following the colour block trend as it is easy to go wrong with it. The best way to pair colours is to begin with neutrals such as black, white, brown and gray. In this way, your colour-block outfit will look more polished and not haphazard.
Why should you do the trend?
Apart from it being the new buzz in the fashion world everywhere, there is another gripping reason that you ladies will love. It can be used to hide the flaws of your body. As we all know, dark colours have a slimming effect, so colour-block those baby-fatty arms and wide midsections with dark shades and keep the rest of your outfit light and colourful.
Generally, a colour-blocked outfit will work best if you stick to the usual rules for your body shape. If you are pear shaped, opt for darker colours on the bottom half. If you are apple shaped, avoid horizontal blocks of colour around the stomach area, but highlight legs with colour blocks created by brightly coloured tights. If you are hourglass, a colour block around the waist is a great way of highlighting it and drawing attention to your 'coca cola' bottle figure.
Keep the following tips in mind if you are going to consider the colour-blocking technique.
1 Don't be shy to experiment. Any colour combination is fantastic if you can pull it off properly.
2 Do not combine more than four colours. Simply put, you don't want to look like a rainbow, or worse a clown, with pics of you going viral on social media.
3 Choose what you want to colour block and keep the rest of your look simple, unless looking like a Rubik's cube is your style.
4 Never ever ever combine two colour-blocked items. That's a colour-block no-no.
It's summer, the season of muted tones. It's time to paint the town in all colours possible and have fun blocking colours Be bold! Be stylish!
CREDITS: Make-up by: Paul March
Models: Kerri-Jade Ashley
Clothing provided by: Image Etc
28-30 Orange Street
Shoes by: Ignite EtcShop
#4 Village Plaza
Photographer: Gladstone Taylor