OOTD: Crash Course in Colorblocking

NYC is a gorgeous city in hues of grays, browns, and creams. If it weren’t for the steady stream of yellow taxis running down the avenues, you might get lost in the monotony of monochrome. I’m always a big fan of neutrals, true to my city roots, but on this occasion I thought, why let taxis have all the fun? I wanted to give them a run for their money by being the brighter pop of color on the city streets.

When playing with bright colors, colorblocking is an artsy way to tie a look together.

Colorblocking: verb; a term used in fashion referring to the pairing of bright colors that may not traditionally be worn together; typically colors are sectioned off in outfit to create a stacked, “block” effect; a fun way to brighten up otherwise dull surroundings; not for the fashionably faint of heart.

If you’re not really sure how to do it, have no fear. You can start small and work your way up to a Piet Mondrian level color queen. All you need are two bright separates you adore such as a red skirt and turquoise blouse. Add white booties or yellow pumps, and other bursts of color to work your way up to colorblocking mastery. You can also make out like me and purchases pieces that are pre-colorblocked.

For my own attempt at colorblocking, I paired two pieces that already had the bright colors built in and sectioned off. Is that cheating? I don’t think so. The colors in this wild Gucci sweater mixed nicely with an equally eclectic Milly maxi skirt. Both pieces are light and airy so that I can wear them into spring, but they give the coverage I need until the city has officially warmed up for good.

This Gucci sweater has a gorgeous color scheme with a turquoise torso, orange rust sleeves, and deep green seams on the cuffs and neckline. I love the snake pattern coupled with the tigers on the arms. So fierce. The sweater just happened to contain colors that tied in with the maxi skirt so it was a no brainer to pair them together. I’m obsessed with this Milly skirt! Not only is it silky and perfectly pleated, the asymmetrical detail on the hem makes it stand out in a sea of maxi skirts. It has a sheer fabric running between the turquoise, ballet pink, and fuschia stripes. Caution: you cannot wear this skirt without wanting to twirl down the sidewalk.

I topped off the outfit with neutral accessories. Ballet pink Louboutins (similar) complement the femininity of the skirt. Finally, I threw on tan cat-eye sunglasses (similar) and sparkly Gucci shoulder bag in gold.

Now instead of hailing a cab, the cabs can hail my outfit in all its colorblocked glory…just kidding, I need to grab a cab.



Photography by George Elder

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Taxis shouldn’t be the only burst of color on the NYC streets. I played with colorblocking to create a vibrant fashion look sure to hail a cab before you can even put your arm in the air.

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