STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Blocks of Color

A brief shopping trip this weekend took me to Lenox Mall, where I found myself wandering around window shopping. The bright storefronts drew me in, each item was ablaze with blocks of color. Narratives of simple crayon box toned squares worked together seamlessly, and every store seemed to have gotten the same idea.

Bright color blocked clothing is a taste of spring during the cold months. Designers are using solid blocks of fabric to create their silhouettes, resembling a Mondrian painting. I great way to mimic the trend without buying a new wardrobe is to throw on multiple layers in solid colors.

This fashionista has paired a bright blue hat with a complementary golden jacket. A perfect way to copy the trend during the cooler months, colored jackets like Express’s red trench are a great staple item. Another winter fix is a bright tangerine Gap skirt paired with a button down, layered under contrasting solid colored sweaters. Madewell has some awesome suede heels that can be paired with anything. Don’t be intimidated, just pile on the color!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Blocks of Color

New York City is known for being extremely fast paced. All over the island people are rushing to and from work, home, appointments and stores in the hopes that moving that much faster will get them where they want to be on time. It is a city where people need to speed up in order to fit in.

I spotted this Fashionista near my office in Union Square, rushing from a busy day out and about, on her way to her friends’ apartment. When I stopped to take her photograph she was quick, to the point and was off again in an instant, blending into the thousands of people all trying to get where they need to be. 

In a city that won’t stop moving, it is critical to wear clothes that fit your lifestyle choices. For this Fashionista, it is clear that she requires clothing that will allow her to move at a quick pace, weaving in and out of traffic. Her lightweight linen pants and cross-body bag allow her to do just that. Her clothes make accomplishing what she needs to that much easier. For example, had this Fashionista been wearing jeans instead of linen pants she may have felt restricted or held back, in a city where endless possibilities lie ahead.

Additionally, this Fashionista’s bright neon top and colored linen pants immediately caught my attention in the overcrowded streets of Union Square at rush hour. As I glanced down the street, I spotted mostly black, navy, white and khaki-the usual go-to work appropriate hues. Fortunately for me, that made this Fashionista stand out even more. This Fashionista paired a fitted neon orange top with high wasted aqua blue linen pants and a cross-body bag. Her neutral toned bag complements the brightness of her outfit, while her canvas tricolored sandals add a unique twist to her look. This Fashionista demonstrates how best to dress when looking for a casual and comfortable outfit to wear while racing between daily activities.

While high wasted pants are nothing new this season, the aqua color of this Fashionista’s pants is both different and fun. She put her own spin on this commonly worn trend, and created an outfit worth remembering!

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