Color blocking as a trend has been around for about three years and is a good method of carrying different colors in an outfit. For most men, bold colors are a nightmare, simply due to the challenge of finding the right combination to wear.
While men today are open to exploring bolder colors, most do it for just one piece – a bright shirt here, or a colorful tie there, with an occasional designer pair of socks thrown in.
But when it come to wearing a whole co-ordinated outfit in bold colors, men suddenly seem to go cold. The truth is, even bold colors, when mixed and matched in a logical way can produce a magical effect.
What is Color Blocking, Anyway?
Put simply, color blocking is simply a method of wearing dress items of different colors together, in a way that looks coordinated. You see, it is like a “block” of different colors put together – so only solid colors are allowed – no prints or patterns.
Why Color Blocking Makes Sense for Men?
Look at gentlemen wearing suits – they are already doing a color block outfit – especially if the tie is also of a solid color. If you find that look neat – it is the color blocking effect at work. Wearing a simple combination of trousers and shirts in solid colors is also color blocking in practice.
However, when it comes to color blocking, men tend to favor the “safer” colors – blue, navy, black/white, and occasionally, brown. Being more adventurous in color can also yield rich dividends, and provides men with alternatives outside of the usual.
This is what this article aims to do – helping you explore the brave new world of color blocking, and look at some examples of color blocking done right.
Use Color Wheel for Color Blocking:
Looking at the color wheel, there are three ways you can use color blocking to select outfits:
When you select different shades or hues of the same color.
When you select two or more adjacent colors from the wheel.
When you chose outfits in diametrically opposite, contrasting colors
There is even a more complex combination possible – when you chose so many colors from this wheel that it covers a whole range of analogous and complementary colors. But usually, men’s outfits will present very few choices to try such a large number of colors.
Color Blocking Examples for Men
Now let us look at 10 amazing examples of color blocking done right by men: