Color Blocking Made Geeky

by Istarbel on August 15, 2011

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I love fashion. I have loved fashion since I was a little girl and have the design notebooks to prove it. They contain everything from a pink puffy princess dress with bows. To some pretty risqué numbers were the cleavage reaches the navel. I am also a self ascribed geek. Around the same time that puffy dressed got designed I was gobbling up my dads Wired and MacWorld magazines. This new era of technology has allowed me to put together these two passions, via twitter. I follow in between others. I love to get information and pictures of the latest fashion shows and trends. Who better to get that from than people making it and reporting on it.

I am telling you all of this because it was one of these tweets that has inspired this post. About a month ago posted a link to the list of must have gadgets for the beach. Me being the curious gal I am clicked the link and proceeded to fall in love with right about every item in the list. One item specially caught my eyes. The Plattan headphones from Urbanears. They were everything I ever wanted in my headphones. Simple, elegant, colourful and functional headphones.

 Urbanears is a collective from Stockholm, Sweden who make epic headphones. Currently they have four different models. Each named after a neighbourhood in Stockholm and each with a complete thought out design. From the cord being made out of fabric so it tangle less to having a microphone and remote in every one. There is much more to them and you should watch the very beautifully made videos for each one to get to know more. What really grabbed me were the colours. Each year they release 2 different collections of colours. Keeping basics like black and white, they experiment with different shades. Each collection is comprised of 7 colours. They are all beautiful, believe me the first time looking at their website I wanted about three headphone of each model in different colours just to have them all.

This finally brings me to the topic at hand: Colour Blocking. Colour blocking is one of the most fashionable and accessible trends this summer. It was prominent in the Spring/Summer lines of many designers including Gucci, Diane Von Furtenburg, and Louis Vuitton to name a few. It also happens to be one of the easiest, fun, and most accessible trend of the season. So what does Colour blocking mean exactly. Colour blocking is the mixing and matching bold, bright colour. Not in patterns but in blocks. Mainly, your shirt is green, your jacket orange, your pants royal blue and your shoes yellow. This can also done in the same shirt having it broken in three different blocks of colours. The best part of this trend is that you don’t have to buy it straight from the runway like actress Camilla Belle did with this outfit from Gucci.

The probabilities are that you already have enough colour in your closet to assemble a look. Not only that but those colourful geeky shirts will give your outfit a unique personality.  If you want to spruce up your wardrobe. H&M has a whole collection based on color blocking. Forever 21 has really great take on colour blocking like a shirt broken in three different color blocks.

Don’t forget the accessories! The whole fun of this trend is that colours don’t have to match. You can use a bright head band. Your Zelda necklace, of 8-bit watch. The point is to have fun, try it out. Not because it is a summer trend does it mean that come September you have to stop using it. In fact I encourage you to use this trend to add some colour in your dreary winters.


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