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Five Take: Color Blocking

April 8, 2012

Hello!! I’ve missed posting, tweeting, and chatting with all of you. I’ve been busy getting over nasty allergy/sinus stuff and pushing through the final stages of my graduate project. Being sick plus getting some not-so-positive feedback on my project pretty much made me an emotional mess, so I needed a break. But I’m BACK! And I’m heading to Boston on Wednesday! And life will be grand again, right?!

I missed last week’s Five Take where the girls did geometric, and instead of running to catch up again, I figured I’d just let that week pass and come back in this weekend (Check out their geometric looks here: Claire, Nicole, Becky, Gina). For those who don’t know, Five Take is a group of five bloggers who “take” on a theme once a week in our own ways. This week’s theme is color blocking (which seems much more chic when the Brits write it as colour blocking), and it definitely pushed me out of my comfort zone because I was determined to do it with bright colors. Most of my outfits tend to have one stand out color, so I decided to take a cue from color queen Weesha, who always manages to mix colors in an inspiring way. In some of her posts, she keeps things very colorful in her tops/skirts/dresses but uses more muted colors for shoes and jewelry, such as in this post here. While I don’t have any shoes that exactly match the tone she has, I managed to keep my colorful pieces center and let my jewelry and shoes accent but not distract from the look.

The skirt is actually an Avenue dress that is very fitted at the top, and I put an Old Navy striped peek-a-boo top on top of it. Since the top has lines that are see through, the color of the dress comes back through the shirt. This color combo is one that I wouldn’t normally be very comfortable with since both colors come from similar hues, but if I can’t be risky during Five Take, then when can I? As I wore the look for a while, the color combination grew on me.

Once the look began to grow on me, I started getting a little color happy. I went through a blue purse, yellow sandals, blue necklace, and an orange belt before I told myself to chill out. I had opened the color-happy gates, though, so I had to add one more color which is the green purse.

Since my outfit was so “busy”, at least for me, I chose to keep my hair pretty simple by sweeping it to one side. I added dangling gold earrings and purple-ish MAC lipstick in Rebel, which didn’t photograph well.

Avenue dress, Old Navy top, ASOS bag, Nordstrom BP earrings, Avenue shoes

Color blocking my entire outfit, rather than just keeping it to my top and accessories for instance, was a challenge (a good one!). I felt a little bit like I was playing dress up, but I’m starting to believe more than ever that it’s really important to “play dress up” and try on different styles than your usual. You might find that it’s exactly where you get your inspiration from or you might come up with outfits you never would have previously. Make sure to check out how the other Five Takers are wearing the color block trend:

Becky at The Ramblings of Mrs. BeBe

Claire at A Monkey Fatshionista

Gina at Fat, Fit, Fine

Nicole at A Well-Rounded Venture

What do you think of my take on color blocking? How do you wear the trend?

P.S. I went to find a picture to best illustrate my stressful/crying-in-the-bathroom kind of week and this is what I found:


If I ever get to the point of biting my laptop, please tell me to break up with Academia!

25 Comments leave one →
  1. April 8, 2012 4:56 pm

    You completely nailed it!! This is exactly how I would have loved to have done it, but I just don’t have it in my wardrobe!!!! You look fabulous, the top is gorgeous!!! X x

  2. bookworm28 permalink
    April 8, 2012 5:20 pm

    I love your mix of colours- you look awesome! Such a clever idea with the dress and the top!

  3. April 8, 2012 5:56 pm

    Fantastic! This is exactly what colour blocking is and what amazing colours. Glad you’re better & back on track. Sometimes you just need time out to regroup.

  4. Denisa Dellinger permalink
    April 8, 2012 7:40 pm

    I love it! I love the dress color peeking thru the top. The lipstick is great and blends well with the outfit. Now find a place to wear it! As Fernando would say, “You look maaavolous! When you look good you feel good and daling, you look maavolous!” That would be a great wedding outfit or a party outfit. Wear it to church and knock their socks off.

  5. April 8, 2012 7:49 pm

    This is such a great outfit!
    I wish you the best with your graduate project.

  6. April 8, 2012 8:55 pm

    LOVE this combination!!! (((( )))) – boy, what a picture! And as for the allergies … sigh & cough, cough! – I get that! I keep hoping that the pollen has an expiration date of some type, so that I can look forward to a day when I don’t have ‘gum in the nose’ and an SUV covered w/ a powdery green substance!

  7. April 8, 2012 9:18 pm

    The colours look amazing together!! xx
    And it’s good to have you back!

  8. ida permalink
    April 8, 2012 9:44 pm

    I thought the colors were very vibrant and fun….and they really work well together.

  9. April 8, 2012 11:35 pm

    LOVE this! The color combo is beautiful and it looks fantastic on you! I may have to go play dress up this week. 😀

  10. April 9, 2012 1:32 am

    As you said, these aren’t two colours I would have thought to put together- and yet they look sensational! Well done.

  11. April 9, 2012 3:31 am

    I think you look beautiful no matter what you wear! The colours look beautiful together, the dress is the perfect shade of magenta, gorgeous ❤

  12. April 9, 2012 1:15 pm

    I think you’ve done an exceptional job this week!!! I love the colors you chose, and I think being able to see the dress color through the stripes on the sweater is really effective at pulling the colors together. GREAT job! Love the bag, too, and the neutral shoe is a good idea.


  13. Natalie permalink
    April 9, 2012 1:45 pm

    Guh! I love you, seriously, I think out of all the blogs I read, you constantly amaze me in everything you wear. I LOVE this, love it, and weirdly enough pink & orange are one of my favourite colour combos! Sending you hugs, hope you’re feeling better.

  14. April 9, 2012 6:18 pm

    That’s completely understandable that you’d need a little break — sounds like things have been pretty stressful. But you have a wonderful attitude! Yes, things will get better. 🙂

    I ADORE this color combination! Very pretty!

  15. April 9, 2012 9:13 pm

    I’ve never seen a colorblocking outfit quite like this one. I really like the color combo (and of course THAT BAGGGG. It just *pops* against that outfit!)

  16. April 10, 2012 2:58 am

    WOW this is such a pretty outfit! These colours really suit you.

  17. April 10, 2012 6:20 am

    Wow! What a great colour combo! Loving the colour blocking Five Take this week!

  18. April 10, 2012 10:35 am

    You look fab!!! I love use of magenta and coral together. You really nailed it with this outfit. Bright colors look wonderful on you!!!!

  19. April 10, 2012 3:49 pm

    Love this. And that low, side ponytail is everything!

  20. April 16, 2012 7:51 am

    I absolutely love this color blocking outfit! The peek-a-boo top over the dress is genius. I’m always trying to find new ways to make dresses skirts without it looking awkward, this is great. And I’ve said it before (and will probably say it again) that purse is just amazing! Every time I see it, I go nuts.

    I hope your graduate project has started to smooth out. When I was in school I always found that changing my outfit helped my thinking process. I’d get stuck on a paragraph or be unsure about how to work a particular argument and I would get up and wander to my closet and change my outfit. Normally I’d put on something completely dressy or formal (very unlike normal pj-like writing clothes) and by the time I was done changing I would have worked through my hang up and get back to writing. It was the perfect little break. My friends would always visit or call to ask what outfit I was on to know how the paper writing was going. Give it a try sometime, I swear by it.

  21. April 17, 2012 10:20 am

    You look absolutely wonderful

  22. April 22, 2012 4:11 am

    Such lovely colours!! You look great! These colours work great with your skin tone and what a great outfit!

  23. May 22, 2012 7:12 am

    I love this color block mix..So cute and lovely!

  24. March 5, 2015 5:34 pm

    Looking for colour blocking, your pic popped out. You re fabulous! Carlo from Melbourne (AUS)


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