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WTF Is Color Blocking And How Do You Do It?

Level up your tonal gear by wearing them all together
by Ash Mahinay | Jul 12, 2018
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Color blocking an outfit is a striking look when done right—retina-pleasing color combos and all—but it can be a bit intimidating to ride the wave because you'll either be judged as pa-fashyon or someone who fussed over his outfit way too much. Don't let the snark put you off, because this is the future and people will be all over this soon just like that whole jogger pants revolution. Here's your primer to doing it the right way.

Jeans don't belong here

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No wearing denim as "safe" bottoms and half-assing it—it's being all blocked up or not at all. There are a lot of non-denim bottoms (both pants and shorts) out there in every color you need to finish off a coordinated outfit. Jeans being "blue" doesn't really count.

Shoes don't have to be plain

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You can get a tonal all-white or black pair to finish off the combo, or you could go all in and cop a color-blocked pair. These colorways can be hard to come by, so it's a good excuse to whip up some customs.


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Buy the entire set

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If the brand comes up with a matching set, then great. But it doesn't mean you can only wear them as a group deal. Mix things up when you've stocked your closet—imagine this Uniqlo windbreaker with the BAPE pants, for example.

Asymmetric is cool

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Color blocking is also the gateway to dressing up in those eccentric and asymmetric items. These two-faced sweatpants and a solid top equals an instant three toned outfit.

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Three colors is a combo

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If you don't feel like shopping for new pieces yet, you can slap together three solid colors for the same effect. Try to aim for classic combos like red-white-blue or this super crispy grey-dark red-white that works well with the gloomy weather.

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