Style Tips & Fun with Fashion, over 40.

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Colour Blocking in 3 Easy Steps

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Come on! Get your colour on.

Feeling good in your clothes is one of the best mood lifters!
If you feel good you automatically look good.
Fact.

Positivity breeds positivity.
Its like smiling...if you smile at people, people smile back at you which makes you smile more.
It's win win!

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I defy anyone to feel miserable in their favourite colour.
For me (today anyway!) my colour fix came from a pair of bright yellow trousers.

Yellow is such a positive, happy colour.
Wearing yellow gives me a spring in my step, and puts a big smile on my face!

{Read about how I had to have these trousers HERE ,and the power of colour HERE.}

Today's outfit was inspired by the 'new' (Read : Not really new at all!) bold colour blocking trend that is going to be BIG in AW 17/18.

It all started with these fab shoes that I snapped up for a bargain price in the summer sale.
Comfortable and colourful... perfect!

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

I decided to play with the colours in the embroidery and clash some bold and bright hues... just for fun!

A red/rust jumper and a magenta bag went perfectly with my yellow trousers and these red shoes.
Well, in my opinion anyway!

A simple tan belt, mirrored glasses and blue toes finished things off nicely.

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

3 Easy Ways to Colour Block with Style!

1.  Use quality fabrics

Bold colours look better in good quality finishes.
Buy the best quality you can afford, but don't get ripped off!
Expensive does not always mean 'good'... be savvy.

Bold and bright items are often discounted heavily in the sales.
Snap them up then, and save your pennies!

2.  Keep the colours 'true'

Forget about 'toning things down' when it comes to clashing colour.
Commit to the boldness or don't bother!

3.  Keep the shapes simple

The more simple the shape (and design) of your pieces the bolder you can go with colour.
Too many details can make the outfit seem fussy.
Simple lines work beautifully.

Bonus cheat...

If you are really struggling for colour inspiration try pulling colours from a favourite patterned item, like a scarf or (in my case) shoes!
Use the colours within the item you love to build an entire outfit.
It's a great way to cheat!

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous

Are you going BOLD this season?
What are your favourite colours to clash?

I would love to hear your combinations... and maybe even try them myself!

Yellow, red and pink | Bold colour blocking, over 40 | Fake Fabulous


JUMPER: M&S
TROUSERS: Next...similar.
BAG: Charity shop... this one is cute!
BELT: Tkmax...similar.


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34 comments

  1. I love the idea of choosing an item and building an outfit around the colours! Your shoes are gorgeous and the colour blocking combo is great! Bright colours really do have a positive influence on mood and are so much fun to wear! Love this look!

    Xxx Sasha

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    1. It's a good idea Sasha and so easy to pull off!
      I use this trick a lot to make colours work together. Easy peasy cheating! XXX

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  2. Love going bold and red and yellow are one of my fave combos!!
    Of course you had me at those shoes, Samantha!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    www.jtouchofstyle.com

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    1. I thought you might like these Jodie! :oP
      SO comfy too!!
      XXX

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  3. You look fabulous Samantha and I totally can go with this look. In fact I had my Capri pants on yesterday in the same colour. They are a Boden pair I bought a few years ago.
    Lynn xx

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    1. They sound perfect Lynn!
      Yellow goes with everything doesn't it?
      XXX

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  4. The last shot of you is frameable perfection. You look so beautiful! When I first discovered fashion bloggers through YOU I recall being just thrilled by your color combinations and the vibrancy of your style.
    Ive actually done as you suggested here and used a scarf to assemble an outfit with "unpredictable" colors. I like the idea of doing more of that and finding some shockingly expressive, confidence building combinations!! Thanks for another inspiring post Samantha!!

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    1. It works really well doesn't it? Scarves are great inspiration.... even if you don't it with the outfit you have created!
      Thank you SO much for your kind and generous words.
      They really mean a lot to me.
      XXX

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    2. Even if you don't WEAR it with the outfit.... oops

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  5. Suggesting using an item to help build an outfit is a really useful trick for someone like me who is a bit lost on where to start. Most of the items in my wardrobe are patterned, i need to start looking at plain items. I bought a plain cream jumper the other day, a small step in the right direction!
    Lisa x

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    1. It works well Lisa and the colours can be unexpected!
      Why not pick a favourite patterned item and try to find plain items in the colours from it?
      Cream is a great place to start!
      Thank you so much for your comment.
      XXX

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  6. I'm hoping that my responses haven't become too predictable. Yikes! I'd hate to be anything less than thoughtful, sincere and fun in my commentary :-)

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    1. Don't over-think Judy!
      Just keep doing what you do and being you. XXX

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  7. lovely outfit, colorful and fabulous! and I always enjoy your advice. I agree particularly on how often bold items are heavily discounted, and I'm used to make the most of sales!. Embracing bold and bright colors is always a great inspiration!
    (I love your shoes!)
    besos

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    1. Thank you Monica.
      The sales are a great place to find bold pieces :o) XXX

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  8. I love these colours together, you radiate happiness :-) I have those M&S mules, they're fab. I just hope we'll have decent enough weather to get more wear out of them before summer is over!

    Emma xxx
    www.style-splash.com

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    1. I've worn mine with (almost) everything Emma! I hope you are the same :o) XXX

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  9. Wow, perfect color blocking. Lovely look, I love the bright colors.

    xx, Elise
    www.sparkleandslippers.blogspot.com

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      XXX

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  11. I wish I was brave enough to try this look. Maybe I'll have to try on a smaller scale. Thank you for sharing. x Jacqui
    www.mummabstylish.com

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    1. Thanks so much Jacqui! I can see from your picture that you love bright colours too....I hope you give some clashing a go. XXX

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  12. I adore this look! Great combination of colors. I totally agree that when it comes to color blocking you should go bold or go home!

    -Katie
    http://www.hellokatiegirlblog.com/

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    1. Yes Katie!! Go for it, or don't bother at all :oP....nobody really cares what we wear anyway so we may as well have fun with it. XXX

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  13. Thank you for this tutorial. I totally agree with yout tips, they make sense. Like quality items and don't fuss. I experienced both but I am bad at colour blocking. Need to practice as I love it. So in my opinion: great outfit.
    Greetje

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    1. I'm so pleased you like it Greetje and Im really looking forward to seeing your efforts! XXX

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  14. Great color blocking outfit and tips:). Have a great day, Renata

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  15. Fantastic, Samantha! Those shoes have me green with jealousy! And these colors are so happy, how could one not smile! You nailed this color blocking trend in the most fabulous way! My favorite line from this post is "Commit to the boldness or don't bother!" I love it and I may have to use it (with proper credit given, of course)!

    Shelbee
    www.shelbeeontheedge.com

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  16. Such bold colors and they look perfect on you! Your shoes are too fabulous!

    Edwige | http://www.hypnozglam.com

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