LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE BOYS: Men’s Color Blockology 101

I had to stop this Fashionisto on his way to class for a quick picture after noticing his ingenious way of pairing different colors together; he makes for a perfect example of color blocking for men.

We can trace the trend of color blocking all the way back to the 1970s when color was everywhere, from the clothes to the makeup. And now, with the revival of many of the fashions of that decade, color blocking is making a strong comeback.

Color blocking is defined as “combining the use of two or more solid blocks of color” to create an ensemble of hues that compliment or contrast each other. Designers like Christian Dior, Lanvin, Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs have already highlighted this trend on the runways for women, but now more and more are passing the trend along to the men.

As a guy though, you may be wondering if this is territory you even want to trot on. Well, I'm here to tell you that the answer is a resounding “yes” and it's really not as hard as you may think.

For one, you can do like this Fashionisto did and choose colors that are somewhat complementary; pairing a navy blue sweater and an army green jacket with a pair of bright, mustard jeans and brown boat boots. Or, you can go for a more subtle look and pair a simple black T-shirt with a pair of tapered red pants. For a look that goes “pop,” try a fuchsia button-down with a pair of hot orange pants and an electric blue blazer.

Sounds crazy right? Try it! Fashion is supposed to be experimental and fun so take a risk and let ALL of your colors show!

Hint: Color blocking is perfect for accentuating your best body parts. So, if you like your legs, try a bright denim to draw attention to them. Great shoulders? Grab a vibrant blazer.

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