Spring fashion trend: Colorblocking for moms
June 6, 2011
Colorblocking seems to be popping up everywhere this spring/summer. It was all over the spring 2011 runways, and you can find it in just about any store. This trends rules for one reason: it's super simple to achieve (oh, and you might be able to re-create with items you already own! - I guess that's two reasons...).
Colorblocking by [loose] definition is combining several complementary solid colors to create an item of clothing or an outfit. Some designers have done the work for you by creating dresses, shirts, skirts, and even accessories with blocks of color.
I love shopping my closets for solid-colored items and combining them to create my own colorblock outfit.
If you're wondering how to recreate this trend, check out these budget-friendly options below.
The safe route: Buy a colorblock dress, skirt, or shirt
If you don't consider yourself creative with your wardrobe and need help rocking trends, then play it safe. You can easily buy a colorblock clothing item that will do the work for you. The colors have already been assembled in a pleasing combination; all you have to do is complete the look with something neutral (i.e. jeans with a colorblock top, neutral shoes with a colorblock dress, a simple solid top with a colorblock skirt).
Here are some great affordable colorblocking options:
- Ya Los Angeles Color block Dress, $49.00: I love this simple dress! The belt will accentuate your waistline and add a break to the blocks of color.
- Shade Maker Hat, Anthropologie, $69.95: A little pricey, but I've got a soft spot for the girly items at Anthropologie!
- Ella Moss 'Dawn' Colorblock Racerback Tank, $55.90: This simple tank is perfect for summer. The loose fit will flatter any mommy who's self-conscious about her tummy!
- Cooperative Two-Tone Skirt, $44: This skirt is a safe choice. The two-color combo is simple, but pretty.
- Colorblock Sides Knit Top, $17.80: If you tend to shy away from color, you can still participate in this trend, as this white/grey/black top proves.
The true mom fashionista: Create your own colorblock look
If you love experimenting with your closet, then you can easily recreate the colorblock trend with items you already own.
The best way to create this trend is to start with a neutral (try white, grey, brown, or black) and then add an item in a bright color, and another item (clothing or accessory) in a rich color (i.e. cobalt blue [rich color] with yellow [bright color]). Take advice from The Budget Fashionista and try combining some of these complementary colors for a winning look:
- Cobalt Blue, Yellow, Orange
- Chocolate Brown, Pink, Peach
- Purple, Bright Blue, Teal
- Deep Blue, Bright Pink, White
- Coral, Grey, Ivory
Here's an example of how to mix colors to create the colorblocking trend:
- Adjustable A-Line Cami, $15.80: This simple cami is affordable with a flattering a-line shape (it looks good on everybody).
- LS Open Cardigan, $19.80: This lightweight open cardigan is the perfect summer cover-up, and I love the rich teal color. Open cardis are perfect for moms; the loose fit covers flaws, they're as comfortable as a bathrobe, and they allow you pick up/chase after your kids without worrying about wrinkles or a restricting fit.
- Women's Mossimo Supply Co. Wauna Braided Flat Sandals – Tan, $14.00: You can run the risk of putting too much color into your outfit, so opt for nude or white sandals or flats.
- Rose Bracelet Set, $5.80: These light blue bracelets stay in the teal/purple color family and add a bright pop to the outfit.
- Gap Broken-in skimmer, $49.50: Every girls should have a great pair of white pants or capris for the summer – they go with everything!