How to Wear Bold Colours| Colour blocking 2024
How to Wear Bold Colours| Colour blocking 2024
Style Notes: Bold Colour
Today, we’re talking about how to wear bold colour or ‘dopamine dressing‘ as we’v been calling it. Bold colour, primary brights have been all over the catwalks this year and into next and I’m loving seeing some colour! Colour really doesn’t have to be scary, I promise! Here’s some inspiration for the fashion colour trends, how to put together outfits and some great ideas for how to do colour blocking.
There’s a lot of bold colour in this post and I love it! Finally, we can start thinking of sunshine and beaches and cocktails and parties…Ok, maybe not that far yet, but we can start talking about Summer style and how to keep it bold beyond.
Please do check out the last post on polka dots, too where I’ve given you lost of inspiration on how to wear the print.
Colour is not just for kids
Let’s get back to dopamine dressing, bold colour or rainbow brights, as I like to call them, or Crayola colours as Vogue termed them. Whatever we call them, it’s time for colour because colour shouldn’t just be for kids! Yes, things have been pretty grey for the last couple of years, but bold colour, monochromatic and colour blocking are this year’s ray of sunshine.
I am really enjoying what’s on the radar for fashion this year because I feel like fashion is really showing its sense of fun and creativity. But, in ways that we can all wear and appreciate. I’m usually your neutral base with pop of colour kind of style – an earring or a bold, statement shoe, but I have been getter bolder and have been loving it.
Don’t be scared, let’s get inspired!
Bold Colour Outfit Inspiration
The colour yellow equals sunshine. Fact. You can’t see yellow without thinking wow. It’s a colour that whenever I see people wearing it, I always appreciate – whether it be a dress, a top or a yellow shoe. But, I really think if you’re the latter you should reconsider. One key piece in any colour is a good place to start and before you know it you’ll be stepping out in the yellow co-ords and suits that also dominate this season. It’s one of the biggest colour stories for fashion this year and there really is something for everyone.
- Pink Corduroy Suit (Sold as Separates) 2. Pink Satin Blazer £17 *on sale 3. Pink Crochet Knit Co-ord 4. Pink Jumpsuit £140
With the excitement of the Barbie movie allowing us to indulge in all things pink, this really is a colour to wear in 2024. Think gorgeous fuchsia pinks for a universally wearable hue and mix them with whatever you like from muted neutrals to contrasting colour blocks (a bit more on those below!). The suit is huge this year and I’ve seen so many great ones in pink, I’m so tempted. To think I never gravitated towards pink before, now so much is in my wardrobe!
You really should consider green – it’s such a great colour to take you right through the year from Autumn/ Winter to Spring/Summer, and repeat. Wear it with neutrals, with brights (see below), with browns – or just head to toe, but it’s another one that suits everyone.
I loved the Victoria Beckham collection where she teamed red heels with a green dress – just to prove red and green should always be seen!
I have the midi dress above and I love it! I wore it this weekend and got so many compliments. The pictures do not do it justice. You can have a look at it in action on my Instagram and highlights.
Coral Rose was one of Pantone’s fashion colours to watch and wear for 2022 and continues into 2024. It’s described as a floral tone whose energising presence brings a sense of uplift, which makes it a great colour for clothing and interior decor and perfect for where we are now. For a tonal look it works well with rich orange red tones. Orange on its own is undoubtedly bold and I think it’s fabulous for the warmer weather, holidays and special events where you want something extra.
Red is somewhat of a mainstay classic. It works so well in monochrome, but why not let it really pop by pairing it with another colour. Red and pink seems to be a colour combination we’re going to see more of – it’s all about that colour blocking as we’ll discuss later!
I’ve got a post on red jumpsuits coming up. including the one pictured above, which is now half price, so make sure to come back for that or follow on Instagram. In the meantime, check some other jumpsuit related posts here.
How to accessorise with bold colours
Now, obviously, for this post, I was feeling a little extra! The jumpsuit and bag (sadly sold out) cover just about all the colours!
I’m not saying on holiday I wouldn’t rock the bag with the jumpsuit, but, ordinarily, I would either accessorise with a neutral or single colour.
But, if you’re feeling really bold try accessorising with the same bold colour to create a monochromatic look – head to toe with the same colour. That trend started in 2017 and has continued since.
White, black and gold look great with any bold colour. And a bold blazer or top always works well with jeans.
Let the bold colour take centre stage as the back ground colour, or work it into a more subdued outfit for a wonderful, wearable pop!
Image Source: Vogue
How to do Colour Blocking
First of all, what is colour/color blocking?
“Color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations” A brief history of colour blocking.
New colours on the block
I love how colour blocking looks – literally taking blocks of colours to build an outfit. Using the bag I’m wearing in this post is a perfect example of how colour blocking works – there are 4 colours, but just using two colours work really well. So, think about a green trouser with a bold orange top. Really!
Here is some colour block inspiration for you to get your creative juices flowing! But, to help even more, I’ve put together some colour palette ideas for you to pin for later below, too!
So, that was a pretty thorough look at ideas for how to wear bold colour – phew! Hopefully there’s lots of inspiration for pieces to try and to buy and ideas to recreate at home with what you already have.
I hope you enjoyed it!
What are your favourite colours to wear? Any combinations you’re thinking of trying?