on the block: the bold is the beautiful

The more clothing you layer, the more complicated it can become – unless, that is, you are Alessandro Michele, in which case, the more the off-kilter, swoon-worthy merrier. Hence, the absolute genius of a fresh, well executed design combination.

In our adherence with modest guidelines, we often work multiple pieces to achieve maximum coverage. (Case in point: the slip dress over sleeved tee has been a longtime comrade!) One minimalistic approach to modern eclecticism is colorblocking; a mash up of bold separates brightening simple silhouettes to create one sharp look. The mixed aesthetic is clean and composed with a subtle yet fearless simplicity.

emilio pucci / celine / balenciaga

From Céline’s blue pleats and red stockings to Balenciaga’s pink midi and purple spandex boots, spring runways showcased a round-up of Crayola hued combinations setting the bar on statement currency.

While the beginner’s approach to color play is often a neutral-meets-vibrant pairing, I propose a consideration of brighter sorts – say, bubble gum pink meets cherry red or cobalt blue à la neon yellow. In contemporary collections, unconventional palettes shine sidebar-ing the age-old “pair this with that” ethos. So hearken and nay stop with solely a statement sweater! Aim to find two or three shades (monochrome included) that clash and contrast just enough so that your ensemble achieves an element of thoughtful, screw-the-rules individuality.

Perk of the trend: these separates can be reworked and worn in countless ways, this season and next.

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