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Colour Blocking for Summer Style Guide

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Customer Happiness Team

October 10, 2016

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Colour blocking your way through Summer will see you standing out from the classic all-white summer fashion crowd. Whether it be bright canary yellows or a deep royal blue, colour-blocking from top to toe is a surefire way to shine bright Monday to Sunday come Summer time.

Our top tip: be creative! Colour blocking doesn’t mean you have to stick to one item. Match a skirt and top with a loose cotton jumper come night time, or throw on a pair of shorts with a tone-matching top. Fashion is all about expressing yourself through your clothes.

With this in mind, we’ve picked out our top 5 colour-blocking dresses for you!

Sunshine Yellow

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Finding the perfect yellow hue to suit your skin tone can be tough. If you stick to the general rules however, colour blocking yellow from head to toe will be as easy as A,B,C. For the paler skin tones its best to stick to the darker, more orange under toned spectrum of the scale. For those who have an all-year-round sunkissed glow, feel free to venture into the brighter, more lemon-green yellow tones.

Look for something with a classic shape but modern detailing. The Division Dress from Maticevski is a perfect yellow colour blocking dress for any occasion. Dress it up with a pair of stilettos in nude or simple black for the races or a cocktail wedding and keep accessories minimal to allow the dress to do all the talking!

Purple Pretty

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Bright, colour blocking pinky purple tones are perfect for a summer outfit and warmer weather. The vibrant hue of this off-the-shoulder Yeojin Bae Corrine Dress will see you standing out from the crowd for all the right reasons. Whether it be for a cocktail wedding, date night or a casual garden party, this mid-length number will be your Summer wardrobe’s MVP. Trust us.

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Pair it back with a simple pointed pump, or amp it up with an of-the-moment modern style mule. Keep accessories to a minimum – a simple choker will do the trick – and an easy to manage hairstyle will have you going from point A to point B (and everywhere in between ) with ease.

Fiesta Red

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Party like a Spaniard in this Cady Selena Split Dress from the designer Milly. With all the right touches of a flamenco dancer dress, the tiny dancing girl emoji is perfectly matched with this outfit. The classic off-the-shoulder design is made modern with the side thigh split and full circle ruffles around the elbow.

Team it with a pair of crisp white runners for a more casual affair, or go all out with a pair of sky-high stilettos for a summer afternoon Pimm’s and cocktails with the girls. The options are endless.

Popping Orange

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While darker burnt orange hues tend to remain a popular colour choice throughout the winter months, come summer, it’s brighter bubbly sister comes out to play. Colour blocking this incredible strapless dress from Talulah comes easy when all you need to add is a messy bun and a statement pair of wedges.

The full, floaty skirt makes this dress perfect for a formal affair, or casual afternoon cocktails. Pair it back with barely-there makeup for a quick, thrown together outfit that will have everyone thinking you rolled out of bed looking this great.

Bright and Blue

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The ideal office to bar outfit, Yeojin Bae’s Nadine Godet dress in deep royal navy is the star of the show when it comes to colour blocking your way through the summer months. The classic style has a modern twist with its cold-shoulder cutouts and high neck detailing.

Throw on a blazer and a pair of strappy styled block heels for an office affair, then leave the blazer behind and let your hair down for a night out with the girls. Cocktails mandatory!

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While colour-blocking may seem like a daunting task, come summertime, the burst of colours will fill your wardrobe and see you heading from the office to the beach to the bar and back to the beach again in a rainbow assortment of outfits. Top to toe mono-colour can work wonders, when styled and accessorised to perfection. Have a go at colour blocking this summer, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with how easy it is!


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