Saturday, September 19, 2009

Color Block Party

I recently wrote an article about 2-fer tank dresses. Many of the dresses I featured were in colorblock and two tone patterns. A two tone pattern is when there are two different colors (eg: black and white) combined on to one garment. A colorblock pattern is usually a mix of more than two colors. Two tone and colorblock styles are perfect for the fall because they are an appropriate representation of the leaves changing colors. Take a look at some of my finds below.

Boundless Loop Headband, $38.00, anthropologie.com

Large Beaded Teardrop Earring, $24.00, ardenb.com

Two Tone Flower Anywhere Pin, $14.00, shown in chocolate; also availble in olive, ardenb.com

Belted Two-Tone Top, $19.99, available in sizes S and L, charlotterusse.com

Satin Colorblock Pumps, $26.99, shown in teal; also available in red and gray, sizes 6-10, charlotterusse.com

Tiered Colorblock Platforms, $26.99, shown in black; also available in blue, sizes 7-10 (black only available in 8), charlotterusse.com

Two-Tone Belted Corset, $21.99, available S-L, charlotterusse.com

Two-Tone Dress, $28.99, available in sizes S-L, charlotterusse.com

Two-Tone Over-The-Knee Socks, $6.99, charlotterusse.com

People's Liberation Two-Tone Tunic, $37.99, available in sizes XS-L, charlotterusse.com

Two-Tone Ruffle Halter, $19.99, available in sizes S-L, charlotterusse.com

Banded Colorblock Top, $19.80, available in sizes Small-Large, forever21.com

Colorblock Padded Top, $17.80, available in sizes XS-L, forever21.com

Colorblock Ruffle Dress, $24.80, available in sizes Small-Large, forever21.com

Colorblock Top, $.8.80, shown in royal; also available in cream, jade, and cocoa, sizes Small-Large (small not available in royal and jade), forever21.com

Lace Trim Colorblock Dress, $17.80, availble in sizes X-Small-Large, forever21.com

Metallic Bust Colorblock Top, $14.80, available in sizes Medium and Large, forever21.com

Shoulder Bow Dress, $36.00, shown in black/wine; also available in green/grey, sizes X-Small and Medium, forever21.com

Strapless Tier Colorblock Dress, $22.80, available in sizes Medium and Large, forever21.com

Diagonal Bangle, $19.99, shown in ivory/black; also available in turquoise/coral and ivory/navy, frenchconnection.com

Sunshine Clutch, $29.99, shown in emma pink; also available in navy, frenchconnection.com

Candie's Two-Tone Multistrand Pearl Necklace, $10.72, kohls.com

6 Degrees Sleeeveless Ruffled Color-Block Dress, $24.99, available in sizes S-L, macys.com

American Rag Color-Block Drawstring Dress, $27.00, available in sizes XS-L, macys.com

American Rag Color-Blocked Smocked Tube Dress, $21.00, available in sizes S-L, macys.com

American Rag Color-Blocked T-Back Knit Maxi Dress. $29.40, available in sizes S-L, macys.com

American Rag Sleeveless Color-Blocked Racerback Knit Dress, $27.00, available in sizes XS-L, macys.com

Appropriate Behavior Color Blocked Dress, $33.99, available in sizes S-L, macys.com

Miss Chievous Dress Color Blocked Tube With Pockets, $39.00, available in sizes S-XL, macys.com

One Clothing Dress Knit Two-Tone Sleeveless, $27.99, shown in dusty blue; also available in dark blue and black, sizes S-L, macys.com

Trixxi Two-Tone Strapless Dress with Tullle, $61.99, avaiable in sizes 3-13, macys.com

Hot Temper Colorblock Maxi, $14.99, available in sizes Small-X-large, sears.com

La Belle Colorblock Rouched Dress, $29.99, available in sizes Small-Extra large, sears.com

80's Two-Tone Sunglasses, $10.00, shown in bluegreen; also available in pinkblue and greenyellow, urbanoutfitters.com

Colorblock Kanga Top, $14.50, available in sizes XS-XL, wetseal.com

Colorblock Cross Back Top, $17.50, available in sizes M and L, wetseal.com

Contrast O Ring Top, $16.50, available in sizes M-XL (cobalt only available in L), wetseal.com

Surplice Colorblock Dress, $24.50, available in sizes M and L, wetsseal.com


Tiered Colorblock Skirt, $10.99, shown in blk/blue; also available in black/white, sizes S-L, wetseal.com


One Shoulder Dress, $29.50, available in sizes S-L, wetseal.com

As you can see from this and other recent posts, contrast is what's in style right now. You will definitely see people doing a lot more mixing than matching when it comes to styling their outfits this season. You can join in on this fun trend too. Try pairing a two-tone or colorblock piece with another color that is not in the item you're wearing. You can also wear two-tone or colorblock patterns with fun prints such as plaid, polka dots, stripes, houndstooth, tribal prints, and animal prints. You can even pair these colors with floral and butterfly prints. Sure, spring may be long gone by now, but that doesn't mean the spirit of spring can't still remain in your heart and style. Besides, wearing a spring pattern may make the chilly fall days feel just a little warmer. If you have any more suggestions on how to wear two-tone or colorblock shades, let me know.

23 comments:

Remy Ma said...

hmm hmm just as i thought, THEY DONT LOOK GOOD ON ME SINCE I'M A BOY

Tara said...

Hi Remy Ma! Thank you for commenting on my blog. Ha ha! Yeah, I don't any of the stuff I posted would look good on most guys.

Little Red said...

I love that clutch from French Connection! Such a pretty color!

Tara said...

Glad you like the French Connection clutch. It is a pretty shade of pink. Especially with the two-tone design.

Dibsy said...

What two colors best match you? The best colors on me is (sighhhhh) black and white.

Tara said...

Black and white looks great on everyone. :) I would say my two colors are black and pink though. I love the contrast between those two colors. It's girly, yet still edgy.

Dibsy said...

Ohhhh, me too. :D In fact, I'm wearing those two colors for Picture Day, which is Monday at my school. :D

Tara said...

Oh, that is going to look awesome! What is your outfit going to be like?

Cursed♪♫ said...

Hey!!
Sorry I've been away. My exams were going on. But now I'm back :)

Dibsy said...

Ermmm...I don't know what it's called but... ^^"

Black beret (If I feel like it...)
ONe of those small black jacketss that only cover the top part of your back...it's basically just two sleeves attached to each other... ^^"
Pink camisole. Or tank. OR whatever it's called...
Black capris (OR something like it)
^^"

Tara said...

Cursed: It's good to have you back! Don't worry about it. I understand how exams can eat up a lot of your time.

Dibsy: I love the idea of the black beret! That will definitely look cool. The black capris and pink camisole/tank (I would have to see it in person to tell you which one it is) sound cool too. By the way, I think the jacket you're referring to might be called a shrug. Again, I'd have to see it in person to tell you for sure.

Anyway, your outfit sounds great! Good luck with picture day!

Dibsy said...

Jeeeep, it is a shrug. xD (I just looked it up :o) The shrugs like theees?
http://www.theprettydresscompany.com/acatalog/black_shrug_main.jpg
It's basically the same outfit except for the shirt... (What's the diff with a cami and a tank anyways???) and it's a lighter shade of pink. Black capris. Theeee end! ^^"

Dibsy said...

Should I keep my hair up or down? Should I wear makeup?? :O (Bleh...I'm so lonely I have nothing to do xD)

Tara said...

Yes, that is definitely a shrug! That will look great on you!

Camisoles are usually cut lower and have thinner straps than tank tops do. Also, camisoles often have lacy detailing somewhere on them, whether it's the straps or around the bustline. Explaining the difference is a bit tricky and even I have trouble telling sometimes, so don't feel bad if you're still not sure. But basically, if it's not low-cut, has straps that are pretty thick, and does not have any lacy details on it; it's probably a tank top. I hope this helps clear things up a little.

Since you're going to wear a beret, I think you should leave your hair down.

As for wearing make-up, if you want to go right ahead. I always wear make-up to school. I usually coordinate my make-up with the rest of my outfit. With your outfit, I would probably want to match the pink in the shirt. I would wear pink eyeshadow, black eyeliner, and some glittery pink lip gloss. I might also put on pink or black nail polish. In fact, I might even use both colors on my nails either as a french manicure or just putting pink on one nail and black on the other. This is just my style, of course. Feel free to do your make-up in a way that suits your own personal style. :)

Dibsy said...

Meh. Then I suppose it's a camisole. ^^ (Lace...)

Oh blah, i already painted my nails. v.v (Yellow with red zigzags, oh cryyy) I guess I might, though because I am 12 I do not think my parents would approve. D:

Tara said...

Your nails sound cool (I wish I was talented enough to do zigzag designs on my own). I think you should leave your nails the way you have them.

Good point about the make-up. If it's going to be an issue with your parents, don't wear it. I was allowed to wear make-up when I was 12, but I realize not all kids are (also, I was homeschooled at that time so I rarely even left the house).

Dibsy said...

Nail art is pretty easy when you get the hang of it. Try youtube. If you want designs and don't have that itty bitty needle thing, you can always pour some nail polish in a container or a piece of paper and dip a toothpick in it for designs. :]

You were home schooled? :o My parents don't really mind, but I always put it sloppy, so they make fun of me. D:

GAH! Of course, I had an acne attack. >.> Ehhhh...

Dibsy said...

Oh, and do you have a pupe thing already? :]?

Tara said...

I'll look into it. I'm really not good at making designs though, it always come out sloppy. If I want designs, I generally end up spending money to get my nails professionally done. I'm good at doing french manicures (and pedicures) though. I also like to do things like put rhinestones or studs on my nails while they're wet and then they stay on once my nails dry. In fact, I even mentioned this in the article I wrote on rhinestones a few months ago.

Yes, I was homeschooled from 7th grade until my first year of college.

If your only problem with putting on make-up is that you can't apply it right, maybe you can get your mom or a friend to help you with it.

As for the acne outbreak, just cover it up with concealer if you can wear make-up. I suffer from acne myself (have since puberty, although it's gotten a little better over the years). I have to wear concealer pretty much every time I go out because of this.

I signed up for pupe but haven't really had a chance to explore it yet. Actually, I'm not sure if I'll really be able to use it because I don't have a decent camera to take pictures with right now.

CC said...

Love the headband! And the tiered shoes. Great post! :)

Xx

Dibsy said...

Ahhh...only if I has a rhinestone... :D Patience is the key, I guess...

Mmmehh...I might or might not. HMMMM...

Errrgg. >.< I have a concealer, but it hardly works because it isn't my shade. (Puberty hates me, keeping me boobless and full of acne >.>)

Tara said...

CC: I'm glad you like the headband and the tiered shoes. :)

Dibsy: I think your current nail design sounds cool. In fact, I think I might ask for it the next time I get my nails professionally done.

Don't worry too much about the make-up. Just do whatever you're comfortable with. If your concealer is not the right shade, you might need to find one that is. To find your shade, try going into a drugstore or make-up store (like MAC) and see if they have an area where you can sample various shades. Test out the different shades on your hand and see which one matches your skin tone best. This can be tricky, and I'll admit it's something that I struggle with myself. A lot of times my concealer ends up being either too light or too dark for me (it doesn't help that I'm extremely pale). If you decide to go searching for the perfect concealer, I wish you the best of luck!

As for puberty, it's not just you. Puberty likes to torture everyone (it had it's fun with me too, trust me). It will get better with time though, just be patient (even though I still get acne, it's not nearly as bad as it used to be).

Dibsy said...

^^ Well i'm happy to be an inspiratiom. :D

That seems a good idea, though the only sort of places I go to where they sell makeup is stuff like Target and Rite-Aid and stuff. ^^"

Ehhhhh. I hate waiting. D: