Colour-blocking trend for winter 2023

January 20, 2023

As you may have noticed, colors no longer belong to seasons, and that is why the suggested looks for winter are wider than the dark and earthy colors that they used to be in fashion. Since the winter season is the most suitable for color blocking due to the layers of clothes, let's see five ways to color block so you can confidently follow the trend.

1. Analogous

To do color blocking correctly, you should first familiarize yourself with the basics of color theory. Opt for colors next to each other in the color palette; these colors are called analogous as the shades match, whether dark or light. Some examples are brown paired with green, blue with purple and yellow with orange.


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2. Complementary

The next tactic is the combination of colors that are complementary and opposite in the color palette, like yellow with purple or blue with orange.
Wear an orange top with navy blue pants for a sunny winter day or brunch. Add a pair of sneakers and some statement earrings to complete the look. Or, style a yellow sweater with a purple midi skirt. This pairing is perfect for a winter day. Accessorize with neutral-toned shoes, such as beige heels, to complement the outfit's colors and not detract from them. Complete with sunglasses and a small purse, both in neutral colors such as beige or gray, to keep the focus on the yellow and purple color blocking. As a final touch, add a light purple scarf to match the skirt and to keep you warm on a chilly day.


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3. Triadic

The triadic technique involves selecting evenly spaced colors around the color wheel.  If you combine the colors that form a triangle, like yellow, red, and blue, you have a bold, colorful look that it's perfect on a cloudy day. Another example is to pair a red blouse with a green skirt and a purple pair of shoes. The purple provides a bridge between the two colors, making the look cohesive and balanced. You can also add a neutral-colored clutch or purse, such as beige or gray, to keep the focus on the triadic color combination. This look is perfect for a formal event or a special occasion. It shows off your knowledge of color theory and your willingness to take fashion risks.

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4. Tetradic

The tetradic combination follows the triadic logic, except that we combine the colors that form a square instead of a triangle. You can always transfer one of the colors to the accessories; a purse or a scarf with the right color can do the job for you. Opt for a magenta sweater shirt with a yellow skirt, orange coat, and blue tights. Blue and yellow are complementary colors opposite each other on the color wheel. Orange and purple are split complementary colors, and all together create a harmonious and balanced look. Add a neutral-colored scarf or hat, such as beige or gray, to keep the focus on the tetradic color combination.


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5. Monochromatic

Monochromatic color blocking involves using different shades and textures of the same color. One example would be pairing a light blue denim jacket with a dark blue pair of skinny jeans and a pair of baby blue sneakers. The different shades of blue create a cohesive and polished look, while the denim and sneakers add texture and interest. This look is perfect for a casual day out, running errands or weekend activity. It shows off your knowledge of color theory and your willingness to play with different shades and textures of the same color. Another example is to combine a pastel pink blouse with a deep magenta skirt. The different shades will add depth and dimension to your look.


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