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Colour Blocking: Off the Block

What the fashion world has in store for Spring/Summer 2018

Spring/Summer may seem a world away, as the first few months of 2018 draw to a close. It may be too soon to be buying ornate floral summer dresses and delicate straw woven hats but it is never too soon to be taking note on upcoming trends set to take the next season by storm. Right now, experimental dressers are eyeing up bright and bold separates as block colours begin to fill high street stores. Yes, pairing block colours may seem to be a fashion faux-pas bloggers and creative directors cannot seem to get enough of the trend.

Primary colours, green, blue and orange are the perfect colours to help bid farewell to the winter blues and can be incorporated in the wardrobe easily. Miu Miu’s Spring/Summer 2018 ready-to-wear collection displayed simple injections of colour into outfits by wearing neon orange and lime green tights underneath cigarette trousers and other boyish shapes, paired with peep-toe heels. Whilst any sort of socks or tights are one of the biggest sins to fashion, it is an ideal way to reveal burst of colour in an outfit whilst keeping other components such as an a-line skirt or pair of boyfriend jeans simplistic allowing the colour to do the talking. ASOS offer socks starting from as little as £5 which are perfect to complete a look. Their pair of mustard tassel socks can be worn with sandal heels and cropped jeans, revealing the tassels around the ankle.

Sticking on the subject of accessories, there always an excuse for a new handbag or pair of shoes. A statement pair of cobalt blue heels are the perfect addition to any look and can also be found on ASOS at a starting price of £20. These shoes can be found in different styles, heel heights and shades of blue. This a simple yet striking statement and can be worn with jeans and a tee and red cross body bag.


Whilst separates are an easy way to carry out this trend, finding items like dresses or blouses which patterns are full of alternating colours can be worn with neutrals, white and black. Wearing kinder colours as part of an outfit allows the bold colours to be broken down and more playful without over exaggerating. High street hero Topshop offer up a colour block check kilt with a blend of different iconic tartan prints for £46. On the website, the skirt is paired with a green v-neck sweater but can also be worn when transitioning between the seasons with blouses or a simple black roll neck. The check skirt will later become a wardrobe essential as the mixture of bright and more muted shades means that the item can be worn all year round, making the price tag a little less daunting on the bank account.

“Colour blocking does not always mean fashion, it can also be incorporated in makeup”

Not everyone can be as brave as beauty and fashion influencers when exploring fashion trends, but for those who can the bolder the better. Begin by identifying which colours best suit the complexion, then decide which items of clothing will be worn. Fuchsia pink and cherry reds are the ultimate compliments when pairing the two together. Unleash the inner Hillary Clinton and go for a perfectly tailored pantsuit and wear with a simple red t-shirt or cami. A pantsuit is an easy way of injecting colour into anyone’s wardrobe and outfit and by being matching separates, they can easily be mixed and matched with other outfits and maybe even different colours.

Everyone will admit that they have one colour which acts as a safety net when it comes to clothing. It might be that the wardrobe is full of different styles of jeans and simple tops, or maybe black is an easy colour to work with and the idea of switching up items for colour is unbearable. Colour blocking does not always mean fashion, it can also be incorporated in makeup.

Right now, millennials and beauty influencers cannot get enough of red eye shadows. Wearing the bold pigment on the eyes seems like one of those trends that no one can actually pull off in real life, but it can be worn on almost every skin type, it is just important that the right shade of red is chosen. Maybelline makeup artist, Gabriel Almodovar stresses the importance of finding the right shade of red, saying that brighter shades of red should be worn on fairer skin tones rather on those with a darker complexion as the pigment will not stand out against the skin. NYX offer a variety of different red shades, everyone’s favourite being ‘bad seed’ which is a beautiful brick red with gold glitters.

Before applying any colour on the eyes, pay attention to the complexion first; even out the skin tone to remove any redness and dark circles. Also work on preparing the eyelids for the shadow by applying a concealer or eye primer as this will help the product stay on the lids for longer and also allows the colour to pop. Using a flat eyeshadow brush, pick up the pigment and begin packing the colour on the eyelids before blending, this allows the colour to be applied precisely and is perfect for applying colour all over the lids. Using a fluffy brush, blend the edges of the shadow to create a smokey eye look. Once finished, either apply lashing of mascara or black kohl liner underneath the eye and begin smoking the pencil out along the water line.

“Wardrobe brights are essential when updating a look as we transition between seasons”

Lipstick is another makeup item that can also be played around with. Whilst everyone sticks to their favourite nudes, reds and pinks it is never too late to try something new and opt for a colour that is out of depth, maybe a green, purple or orange? Again, NYX offer an outstanding range of colours and are priced from as little as £7. Described as being lip stopping, NYX’s liquid suede cream lipstick have a range of attention seeking shades in their collection from bright neon oranges to a delicate Tiffany Blue which really are easy to wear when the rest of the makeup is kept neutral, letting the lips do the talking.

If lipstick and bold eyes are not an option, play around with different shades of blush. Long are the days of chiselled cheekbones and heavy contours, it is now all about blush. High end favourite Anastasia Beverly Hills have answered everyone’s prayers and have release a blush kit with 4 pigmented shades; Spoiled, Coastline, Breeze and Terrace. The price of the palette at £31 maybe a bit more than someone would spend on an average high street blush but a little goes a long way. The shades can be worn on their own and are extremely buildable when applying more pigment or layering with other shades in the palette.

Head-to-toe colour or bold injections of colour to an outfit or the makeup has never been easier this SS18. Wardrobe brights are essential when updating a look as we transition between seasons, choosing the right hues are essential when pulling of this trend and that is really the only rule when tackling it. That is the fun of fashion, there are never any rules. Wear the saturated hues all together if brave or make it easier and choose one item at a time.

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