One of the biggest trends of 2012 was color blocking. This trend was huge on the runways, and consumers responded well to the look. This made color blocking even bigger on the streets than the catwalk. Since color blocking was so well-received on the street, designers have been having fun with the trend and it has continued to have its’ place on the runways in 2013 and for the fall/winter 2013/2014 season.
Color blocking has not changed in execution for fall 2013. While the colors for fall may be darker than what we have seen from designers over the past two years, the way we color block is not changing. Color blocked items such as shoes and handbags are still important as we head into fall 2013. Wearing two solid color separates together which are offer contrasting hues are still relevant. Fabrics which feature color blocking in large, geometric patterns or giant stripes are also still at the forefront of fashion. This makes wearing the trend easy for Fashionistas who have been color blocking over the past two years.
There is one difference for fall 2013 which may make fashion-savvy dressers everywhere run to the mall for new separates to color block, or new color blocked accessories; the color palette has changed. While shades such as orange, red, cobalt blue, emerald green and navy are still relevant for fall 2013, traditional autumn hues and winter hues are important for the cool weather season too.
Color blocking is being shown in black/white as well as with dark neutrals and dark colors. The darker colors we are seeing for fall 2013 include burgundy, deep forest green, navy, dark purple, shades of wine, dark fuchsia, cobalt and charcoal. The neutral, brown hues being shown for fall include chocolate brown and pale beige. White is also huge for fall and of course, need I say it? Classic black.
So for fall 2013, do not be afraid to thrown on contrasting colors and continue color blocking. The one thing to remember is that fall 2013 is darker than fall 2012 and color blocking should reflect that color trend. Happy shopping, and stay fabulous