Color Blocking Rules for Beginners

With the Spring season rushing in and the surge of neutrals finally leaving, color blocking will once again become the cool kid on the block. And looking like a myriad of rainbow hues is sure to cheer you up! But if quitting the swells of black, blue, and beige is difficult or downright terrifying, here’s a guide that will make stepping out of the comfort zone a breeze.

Primary colors

The big three are back in season, ditch your neon outfits for reds, blues, and yellows.


The easiest way to color block is to try monochromatic color blocking. Simple pair pieces that are of the same color in various hues.


Analogous color blocking refers to color blocking your outfit with colors that sit right next to each other on the color wheel. It includes one primary color, one secondary color, and lastly one tertiary color. Opt for a dark blue, light blue, and teal for a muted but elegant outfit statement.

Complementary colors

One can either look utterly fabulous or downright disastrous while color blocking with complementary colors. Complementary colors are simply two opposite colors on the color wheel such as purple and yellow. Let one color remains the dominant color in your outfit to avoid any extreme clashes.

(Contributed by Nikhita H.)


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