Keep Calm and Color Block

Color Blocking was a major Spring 2012 trend, and it’s back for Fall 2012, with a few updates. Typically, this trend would take on rectangle and horizontal shapes, often making for an unflattering figure. This season, however, we see designers taking this trend and morphing into something wearable by every woman. Keep in mind that while I’m typically all about online shopping, this trend is not for the short of stature and can make for some interesting silhouettes… to avoid the purchase and return cycle, head to a department store and try on a few color block options before making a final purchase.

Hands down, my favorite color block inspiration is designer Max Azria, who uses bright berry colors, alternating horizontal stripes, and interesting shapes, making this trend wearable by many different body shapes. If you’re looking for a head turning take on this trend, this Aubree Relaxed jacket on top of the Aliza Color Block Dress will definitely give you the reaction you’re looking for. Pair the jacket with these Slim Flared trousers for a wear-to-work ensemble.

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For those who maybe aren’t 5’8” and still want to integrate this trend in a show-stopping way, all is not lost! Look for pieces with vertical stripes, as this allows the eye to have fluid movement from head to toe, giving the impression of a longer silhouette. This Ark & Co. maxi skirt, paired with heeled booties for fall, will transition perfectly into spring paired with Grecian sandals. For a work-wear option, this Maggy London dress is totally chic! Add a chunky necklace and fun heels to a desk to dinner look. Another great “everyday” option is this Ella Moss dress – add a sweater, light grey tights, and booties, and you’ve created a wonderful color block fall outfit.

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Ark & Co.

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Maggy London

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Ella Moss

Is a new BCBG ensemble not quite in your budget? Please continue to buy groceries. You have options. Forever 21, H&M, even the sale section at Dillard’s and Nordstrom offer great pieces at completely affordable prices. This ensemble, for example, from Forever 21 is a wearable take on the color block trend – while this whole outfit costs $75, I’ll bet you already have a blouse that would look perfect paired with the bright jacket. Another budget-perfecting tip: buy in separates! This way when you spend $75 on an outfit, you can mix and match all of the pieces to create more on trend combinations.

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For an outfit more suitable for work, that also suits your credit card limit, check out this outfit from H&M. I love how the jacket and matching shoes can be broken up by the contrasting trousers. I also LOVE their “dressing room” feature, so you can see your outfit before making a purchase… genius!

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So… you’re on a “ramen noodles, beans and rice” budget? Totally get it – I think we’ve all been there. Try out color block nails! Grab three of your favorite nail polish colors in contrasting shades. Paint your entire nail with the lightest color, applying two coats, allowing the paint to completely dry in between coats. With tape, create a diagonal line across your nail. Paint the uncovered area with two coats of the next shade, allowing time to dry in between. Create another diagonal line with tape, and paint the uncovered area with the two coats of the final color. Allowing enough time to completely dry, seal the design with a clear topcoat, and voila! A color block trend without spending a dime!

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The best part of this trend is that you can mix and match with bright colors to create something completely unique and show off your personality. So have fun, be bold, and live fabulously.

XOXO,

Lauren

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