Thanks to the runways from Diane von Furstenberg to Milly, Mara Hoffman, and Rag & Bone, one of Spring's most prominent color stories is a fresh take on colorblocking. The trend has persisted yet another season, and we couldn't be happier that adding bold splashes of color is as easy as slipping into just one piece. Of course, it's hard to choose just one when choosing from this lineup of party dresses, sporty-chic trousers, and sleek pencil skirts. Whatever the occasion, we're making it easy to get on trend — just keep clicking to shop our 16 favorite colorblocked pieces for Spring.
Over Easter weekend, Jessica Alba supplied us with not one, but two fabulous looks to mimic all Spring. First, while grabbing lunch with her family in West Hollywood, she punched up her white Sanctuary jacket with a pair of bright green pants, then added an on-trend pair of mirrored sunglasses and equally eye-catching metallic flats. For Easter Sunday, Alba ditched the brights for a pastel ensemble. She colorblocked a coral blazer with pistachio-green trousers, then added a ruffled white blouse, a white tote bag, and nude pumps. Whether you prefer bright hues or you're looking to get in on Spring's pastel trend, we have all the Jessica Alba-approved styling fodder below — just shop our editors' picks to channel Jessica's latest (times two!). Then be sure to catch all of Alba's latest street style snaps for more fashion fun.
Karolina Kurkova showed off two fabulous looks at a Swiss bash last night, but it was her red-and-blue ensemble that made our colorblock-loving hearts skip a beat. The supermodel started with a silky red button-down and red leather pants — both by Joseph — which was a bold pairing on its own — then things got even more thrilling when she finished off with unexpected cobalt pumps. It makes us want to fuse red and blue, pronto. Only caveat? How to work the palette without looking like you're dressed for the Fourth of July. I know what you're thinking — it's easy for a svelte model to pull this look off, but can I? Yes, you can; just keep these tips and trick in tow to make it work:
- It takes a certain amount of confidence to wear brights like this, but once you've nailed that, that's half the battle.
- Once you've faced your daring side, make sure to limit your look to only red and blue. Read: under no circumstance should you throw in white in the mix (unless of course it is actually July 4).
- Keep it simple. While you might be able to get away with injecting a little black, you'll lose the dramatic (and chic!) effect that the red and blue contrast creates when you add more colors to the ensemble. If you don't love Karolina's exact outfit, you can experiment with other combinations: blue top with red pants, red blazer with cobalt jeans, blue dress with red shoe — the options are limitless and the effects are sure to be just as strong. To get you started, we've picked our favorite red-and-blue pairings below, just shop to channel Karolina's bold look.
Kate Beckinsale nailed the colorblocking trend by tucking a coral tank into a blue pencil skirt, both by Diane von Furstenberg, then adding a little edge via spiked Christian Louboutin pumps while promoting her new movie Total Recall in Ireland. The brunette beauty accessorized her brights with celebrity-approved white sunglasses, Melinda Maria drop pyramid earrings ($80) — available for pre-order — and a high ponytail. Re-create Kate's bright colorblock ensemble with a coral tank, blue pencil skirt, and embellished pumps for a professional, yet playful look.
Mad Men's Christina Hendricks posed on the 2012 Outfest red carpet in Hollywood showing off a hot new colorblock: mint green with bright orange. Her pants clearly did all the attention grabbing, but her Corey Lynn Calter honeycomb beaded clutch ($123) definitely stood out, too. It added a much-needed print to her solid ensemble, and it can do the same for you. If you're in need of a fun clutch to spice up your looks, consider adding Christina's to your mix. You can carry it with everything from all-black outfits so it takes center stage to a printed dress for a mixed-prints effect to jeans to dress them up. And the fact that it's beaded makes it fun to hold on to.
If there's one Summer style resolution you should make and keep, it's this one: indulge in your brightest wardrobe pieces. We're talking color extremes here: an electric blue gingham blouse, a fitted tropical-print pencil skirt, lemon yellow espadrille wedges, pretty pink scalloped shorts, and the list goes on and on. Injecting a serious pop of color into your ensemble will give you a refreshed warm-weather edge, and there's absolutely no way a shade as impressive as a rich coral or fluoro purple could not turn a few heads. The key to a chic take on this technicolor trend is to abide by a "less is more" dress code. If you're wearing a bold-hued maxi dress, keep your jewelry simple and sleek. If you're rocking a colorfully printed pant, pair it with a solid hue on top. Got all that? Now click through to see our editors' 30 favorite brighter-than-bright picks — then shop your favorites!
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The colorblocking trend is still hot, and with springtime here, it's time to let go of all your inhibitions and experiment with the boldest of color matchups. If you're color shy, stylish stars like Jessica Alba, Katy Perry, Ashley Tisdale, Chelsea Kane, and Louise Roe are here to help. Whether you have the fashion guts to pull off hot pink and aqua like Katy or prefer something a bit more subdued like Louise, step inside to see five fresh Springy celeb colorblocking outfits and pick the ones that best suit your style.
Jessica Alba is on a fashion roll these days, and she shows no signs of stopping. From neon jeans to bright bags to bold scarves, the actress is killing it across the board. And today, she gives us not one, but two killer outfits to draw inspiration from. At last night's celebration of her stylist Brad Goreski's book launch in LA, Jessica did colorblocking like a pro. Then this morning, she made prim and proper look so cool. Step inside to see and shop all the smashing details.
Barring Halloween and Syracuse fanfare, orange doesn't typically make our daily wardrobe palette rotation. But that's all about to change. Given designers' affinity for the bold hue for both Spring '12 and Fall '12, it's time we make a serious case for orange. We've pulled on-trend looks from the likes of Burberry, Victoria Beckham, and Milly to help us colorblock the season's It color with a cool contrast. Three words: orange and blue. Whether it be a sleek pumpkin-tinged overcoat worn with embellished royal blue pumps or a soon-to-be-released Marni for H&M orange-and-blue frock, there's more than a handful of chic ways to wear this brightly matched duo. Click through to see which Spring '12 runways featured it, which celebs are wearing it, and how you can translate this color combo into your own everyday look.
For color enthusiasts, the New York Fall '12 runways were positively bursting with cool, unexpected colorblocked combos. Both Vera Wang and Marc by Marc Jacobs were drawn to super-saturated rusted brick hues offset with muted tones, while BCBG injected its downtown-chic pieces with up to four colors at a time. For the daring dresser, Diane von Furstenberg sent silky fuchsia and sky blue blouses paired with even brighter lime green and red complements. While an autumnal color palette served as initial inspiration, designers didn't limit themselves to dark and dreary matchups. The use of neon pops and pale pastels kept the jazzed-up juxtapositions energetic and fresh — something we're definitely in want of during the cold Winter months. To see the coolest color combos to emerge from New York Fashion Week, keep clicking.