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If Kim Kardashian Can’t Color Block, Who Can?

Has anyone else noticed that color blocking is a tricky little trend? Kim, a former stylist herself, could NOT pull off this look the other night. I’ve noticed even celebs are missing the mark on this trend lately.

Sure, it seems simple. Just wear a solid color and pair it with different bright, solid or neutral colors. But, I’ve had trouble putting together a cute color blocking outfit, yet I’m determined to try this bright bold trend before it fades.

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I thought this outfit Kim wore last week was unflattering on her, what do you think?
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                         Gucci models show off the amazing color blocking trend. (Kim’s exact dress)

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                                             The look straight off the runway seems a little overkill.
                          (I like JLO and Olivia Wilde’s take on the trend but don’t think I’d wear it.)

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Keys to Color Blocking
1. This current spring/summer trend combines the use of two or more blocks of color
2. The brighter the color the better. Usually. Pink, emerald green, tangerine, lemon yellow, turquoise all work
3. You can choose a dress or handbag that already does the color blocking for you

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    I’m a little timid of this trend so I’d try two colors at first in the same color family with a pair of
    neutral heels or wedges. This Lanvin dress on actress Emma Stone is one of my favorites.

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This H&M dress does the trend for you. Yay! $34.95
I think this is one of those trends where trying too hard with TOO many colors or copying the look straight off the runway will NOT work. I’ve seen a lot of great outfit posts lately with this trend, so it can be done. Here’s one very unique example I liked on the blog VivaLuxury. Check it out here
Do you like Color Blocking? And what colors or styles in your closet have worked best?
I might have to copy you. icon wink
xoDale

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86 comments on “If Kim Kardashian Can’t Color Block, Who Can?
  1. Lost.in.Idaho says:

    For guys, it’s a way of life. Black slacks, blue shirt.

    For me, looking at those images, it looks like a 1989-1991 retro-chic look. It’s just not workin ladies…

  2. La Mode En Rose says:

    yes and her belt looks too tight!
    I love color blocking but yes, we have to be careful!

    kisses from La Mode En Rose = )

  3. Mrs. T says:

    I agree with you. Kim looked obnoxious. But I suppose it matches who she is. I did like some of the runway pics…but only in the muted colors.

    http://www.mrstnaturally.blogspot.com

  4. I completely agree with you Kim Kardashian just doesnt look good. definitely not a flattering cut on her.

  5. FleurLapin says:

    I totally agree with you. The primary colors are a bit much and those diff colors look great on models. Regular people even celebs not so much. But I think your suggestion of colorblocking w/in the family color is a brilliant idea for everyone so they pull it off this trend. I love Emma stone’s dress so much!

  6. Linh says:

    I LOVE Color blocking! Will be posting about this tomorrow. Oh Kim…I really love her but she went all wrong with this outfit. It does not look very good on her and it’s hard for her to be unflattering in anything. Yikes.
    xoxo
    -linh
    http://la-lalinh.blogspot.com

  7. Jay says:

    mmmm….emma stone…

  8. Andee Layne says:

    i really like the color blocking but agree its super hard to pull off! i did a post on it awhile back and gave it ago. Rihanna looked really great in that trend. xo

  9. Alba M says:

    wow that’s funny they’re wearing straight off the runway… lol not cool

    http://albamecaj.blogspot.com/

  10. Tinfoils Tiaras says:

    I am a big fan of bright colours and find the trend so inspiring but am yet to pull it off. I think if the skirt portion of Kim’s dress was a brighter orange it might work but for now it’s just dull and uninspired.

  11. .:mo:. says:

    kim looks trashy.. could be gucci but on her looks awful lol

  12. Teresa says:

    i think that color blocking combination is amazing, but kim’s belt was too tight :/

    xx
    http://www.trend-ish.com

  13. MiMi says:

    I love this trend.. And I myself would like to try it but it’s not as easy as one can think these celebs make it look easy, even though it can be tricky to pull it off..
    I love the Gucci dress, and I agree it didn’t look flattering on Kim… It did look great on others though I blogged about this outfit myself yesterday =)
    Great post as always Hun =D

    MiMi xoxo
    http://www.make-upoverdose.blogspot.com/

  14. Jessica says:

    i have a few items in my closet that would work as a color block combo…but im too timid as well, to try. yeek!

  15. guns, babes and lemonade says:

    Grrrrreeat post missy!

    Agree, Kim CANNOT pull that Gucci look off. But then again, I’m not a fan of her at the best of times. I really like how Olivia Wilde has made it work though, I think adding a neutral colour (black, white, nude etc) helps tone it down and not look like rainbow vomit, haha really…

    xx

  16. Miss Vodka says:

    Love the H&M dress!

  17. Salina and Olivia says:

    Love color blocking, and it seems SO easy but you’re right, if it isn’t done right it can just look a bit crazy. I think the thing I hate about Kim’s dress is the cutout, it doesn’t flatter her body, and the turquoise shoes are a bit of overkill.
    BUT, can’t wait to see you try this trend, we’re definitely going to be posting about it soon!
    xo
    Salina… salinaandolivia.blogspot.com

  18. Tanvi says:

    Being an Indian I have been color blocking all my life … and will probably continue to do so even when it goes out of trend. Most of my outfits are of bright colors and definitely more than 2 colors at all times. Phew, enough about me. I think the skirt is not of the right color and fit for Kim #fail! Love than Lanvin dress … only if there was wind blowing at all times to actually show its full-ness! :)

    ♥ from © tanvii.com

  19. Divina Joy says:

    I like color blocking. I like VivaLuxury too. I’ve seen her color blocking and I love it. I did it once without knowing it’s color blocking. lol.

  20. Bobbi says:

    I like color blocking but it can be hard to pull off. Kim definitely didn’t pull it off.

  21. fifi says:

    Color blocking is definitely a hard one to pull off! this is one trend that is not for me… but I do appreciate seeing it when someone rocks this correctly!

  22. PaulinaMo says:

    You are so right, it did not look good on Kim. Funny thing is they had a replicaish dress of that Gucci one at Bebe, with that kind of belt and everything! They have really cute ones at Express too!

    ~Pau
    http://www.lilbitsofchic.com

  23. cryskay says:

    ooh wow. that outfit is not flattering on kim’s body. even if it were in solid black, still not cute! i think anyone can pull off color blocking as long as the pieces that are worn are figure flattering. xx

  24. ChaosButterfly says:

    Wowww that dress is really unflattering on her. It gives her…muffin top around the ribcage and is too tight around the booty. I just know she was feeling lightheaded the whole night, because there’s no way she was getting enough oxygen in that dress. Poor thing.

    And I like color-blocking, but it doesn’t work for me. I think you can do it though…you have great style. n_n

  25. the Honey B says:

    LOVE your H&M pick for color blocking! I like Olivia Wilde’s interpretation of it the best, but she could wear a sack and still be gorgeous! Great trend, cant wait to attempt it! :)

  26. Vasu says:

    love the trend….amazing colours…..they are so beautiful….cn’t wait to try it

    http://www.etsy.com/shop/Rosabellebyvasu

  27. Shawna, Lauren and Sandi says:

    Loooving it on Olivia Wilde. Also, can I have her name?
    Wish I could pull off some color blocking!

  28. Miss Ferreira says:

    i love this gucci look!! great blog :) kiss :*

  29. Judi♥ says:

    I think it has to do with her size that makes it unflattering. Notice from the first picture that she has a bit of gut. I think she thought she could pull it off but well… it didn’t.

  30. Majchy-Lejchy says:

    I like color blocking but sometimes too many colours is just enough. You have to be an expert at this, I think. H&M dress is fine though. Love it :) Oh, and that dress on Kim Kardashian is great, it’s her body figure that doesn’t work unfortunately. If you see dress on those Gucci models- amazing.

    xoxo

    http://randomgirl-ishstuff.blogspot.com/

  31. InesT says:

    I don’t like to see that outfit on Kim Kardashian, her body type isn’t for that dress. :/
    But I love that clothing from Gucci, I wuld love to use it :p
    Thank you for sharing <3

    Follow me, if you still aren’t ;)
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    Have a fashionable day! <3
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  32. lil miss Sauniya' says:

    I love the joy colours can bring to dressing :) colour blocking is great!!
    thank you for stopping by, showing love and following :)
    I love your blog, following back :)

    sauniya’
    xo

  33. Melyssa says:

    Those models are super skinny o.O
    I agree that Kim doesn’t look good in that outfit. It makes her look bigger than she is. I think color blocking is nice but it’s not my style or I don’t think I’d look good if I tried ^^

  34. BeautifulM. says:

    Kim Kardashian is sooo beutiful :x

  35. Line-Malou says:

    Kim Kardashian can’t pull it of. I am not proud to say, but the models are looking great in the gucci outfits!

    - Cool blog! I hope you check out mine!

    http://www.tusindkamel.blogspot.com

  36. Lilli says:

    HI! Im a big fan of colors!
    Come to see my new make up of the day!

    http://lillispace.blogspot.com

  37. The Wardrobe Stylist says:

    Kim’s dress does not suit her body, she’s too curvy for this outfit and overfills it, this requires a skinny, boyish figure to give it the curves it misses naturally. As for colour blocking, other than the runway models, in your 3rd set, the 1st and last picture have achieved it best. We don’t see JLO’s from the front as we do with Kim but I suspect the fit isn’t flattering on her either as she is equally voluptuous. For colour blocking much relies on your figure type as it’s a hit or miss. Thanks for dropping by, come back soon to the-wardrobe-stylist.blogspot.com.

  38. Nia Langley says:

    I’ve been nearly obsessed with color blocking lately! However, I don’t think Kim’s body type fits the dress.

    Anyway, you have a new follower! You have a great blog, and hopefully you can follow me too? :)

    Have a nice day!

    nialangleyspeaks.blogspot.com

  39. amy b.s. says:

    i like the color blocking trend, but i do think it’s tricky. and kim just look terrible in the dress in general, but i’m not sure it has anything to do with the colors.

  40. Dolls Factory says:

    Maybe I’m the onlu person in the world who doesn’t like the Gucci version of color blocking. The materials look better on the magazines, but I went to see them in person and the colors are too shiny.

  41. Blaise says:

    such a good post! i completly agree, and think your tips are amazing! realy love Kim and i just wanna love that outfit on her….but….i……cant……. haha!

    My mum actually looked amazing the other day colour blocking, some people can just do it!!

    http://blaiseruby.blogspot.com/

    X

  42. Too bad I didn’t not passed, so next week i can do it over and i hope soo i will pass than!!

    X
    H.

  43. Emma says:

    Her body is too curvy for this particular outfit shape. She does have a Great body though.

  44. Anonymous says:

    i love the colors1

    check out my blog will you?
    http://theforeverperfects.blogspot.com/

  45. Joanna says:

    kim looks weird here. not the appropriate dress for her figure. Love the color block! :)

    http://ieatyogurtforbreakfast.blogspot.com/

  46. Dilan Dilir says:

    really nice post :D

  47. Maryam Maquillage says:

    I think the Gucci models and JLo are working it the best… Kim tried too much at once…

  48. Chococcuro says:

    mmm unflattering on Kim…the starletts really like those gucci heels!

  49. Joanna says:

    hey dale! thanks for commenting on my blog! I was planning to get the michael kors watch. but a bit pricey. mines from guess. its cheaper but has the same look. we should totally keep in touch! keep posting awesome posts! JoJo

    http://ieatyogurtforbreakfast.blogspot.com/

  50. Fashion Mom says:

    I think Kim’s outfit and also Jlo skirt are unflattering. Not good for them x

  51. Great tips doll!!! I absolutely love color blocking!!

    <3 Marina
    Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle

  52. r.alsharif says:

    Color blocking on Kim does not do her justice! And her choice just didn’t flatter her figure. Jlo however looked great! :D

  53. Ginta says:

    Spring was my color blocking season – I did everything and every color possible!

  54. Great tips! I totally love that dramatic red Lanvin dress! =)

    http://pinkchampagnefashion.blogspot.com/

  55. this free bird says:

    I’ll be honest–I’m not all that in love with color blocking. When I see it on others I like it initially, but now we’re in overkill…and Kim Kardashian, pardon my french, looks like hell!! Not a win for her at all. Who’s HER stylist. eeps!

    xo,
    C

  56. Olesya says:

    Thank you for your comment *

    very interesting post, I like it:)

    Look on my blog too: *

  57. Wegan says:

    Oh Em Gee. What was Kim thinking?!

    M x http://www.whatwegandidnext.com

  58. Oh to Be a Muse says:

    i don’t think that top is good for kim’s body type, plus she added a third color in the heels, which can be a bit tricky. i did color blocking with 2 colors that i think turned out great. i am loving the Lanvin and that h&m dress too.

  59. Ask Erena says:

    Great post! I agree you need to stay with 2 primary colors while designing any outfit.
    xx
    Erena @
    http://askerena.blogspot.com/

  60. D.Sadie says:

    Great post! I’m too scared to try color blocking b/c I might choose the wrong colors. Lol.

    -Dinah
    dgsbeauty.com

    *Check out my giveaway:
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  61. I don’t think it was the color blocking trend that Kim couldn’t pull off, I think it was the dress itself. She’s too curvy for that curve accentuating dress. My fave look is Camilla Belle’s ensemble. Loving those colors and it looks classy! I’m definitely going to be looking for a cheaper version of it.

    http://acaliforniadreamer.blogspot.com

  62. Hi! I think that dress is hard to pull off unless you are a tall skinny girl. Its not meant for someone who’s curvy, it does look unflattering on Kim. I also have the dress from H&M, but in white & blue.

    xoxo

    http://blog.cinderellasclosetnyc.com/

  63. Em says:

    I LOVE colour blocking, but I don’t think Kim pulled it off right. I’m still looking for my own take on this trend, but I’m determined!

    http://www.fashionhacks.blogspot.com/

  64. Gigi says:

    I agree with you Kim did not pull off the colour blocking at all…it is not flattering at all on her…makes it look like she’s trying too hard…thanks for the sweet comment..sure I will follow you xoxx

  65. TheFashionWizard says:

    i think kim would’ve looked better and actully pull it of , if she went for right size , i see it a matter of size thats it , the belt is just so tight on her tummy

  66. Monia says:

    I have to say that those colors really suit lots of women types, love it!
    Monia, Rome
    http://moniantinori.blogspot.com/

  67. Eline says:

    The last dress from H&M is very pretty :)
    I love your blog!
    Eline

  68. Kimberly says:

    i’ve really wanted to do color blocking but i need to go shopping none of the clothes i have go well together for it and yes the dress on kim was really unflattering i don’t think it works well for her body shape, definitely am determined to try this trend though! thanks so much for the comment hope you had a great father’s day as well!

    http://kc-citystyle.blogspot.com/

  69. Sizzle and Zoom says:

    It seems Kim has some serious bum issues going on. When my bum looked like that I lost tons of weight and while I was doing it I exercised the devil out of my bum.

  70. Sandy at Ooh La Frou Frou says:

    Hi sweetie! I use color-blocking often when creating illustrations for the card line. For instance, in one of the notecards, the umbrella of the hotdog cart the girls were at was pink and orange and that established the bright color scheme for their outfits too ;) Sometimes it’s a little more difficult to make that work in real life! xo

  71. Vale ♥ says:

    Great post, very interesting ! I prefer Kim Kardashian with all black or all white dresses, the Gucci color block looks great only on the models, I didn’t think about this before reading your post ! I personally like color blocking but I agree it’s not an easy look to pull out ! Kisses from Italy

    Fashion and Cookies

  72. Vale ♥ says:

    Great post, very interesting ! I prefer Kim Kardashian with all black or all white dresses, the Gucci color block looks great only on the models, I didn’t think about this before reading your post ! I personally like color blocking but I agree it’s not an easy look to pull out ! Kisses from Italy

    Fashion and Cookies

  73. Vale ♥ says:

    Great post, very interesting ! I prefer Kim Kardashian with all black or all white dresses, the Gucci color block looks great only on the models, I didn’t think about this before reading your post ! I personally like color blocking but I agree it’s not an easy look to pull out ! Kisses from Italy

    Fashion and Cookies

  74. this post is brilliant. i couldn’t believe when I saw Kim step out in this. there’s something seriously wrong. this post is so beautifully written and put together i simply had to come and see it twice. xoxo. hope you had an amazing weekend. Stop by to see pictures from my weekend in Laguna Beach. xoxo

    http://www.fashboulevard.blogspot.com

  75. great post!! very inspiring
    i haven’t rally tried color blocking yet, but i think i will have to do it fast!

  76. Lilly's Style says:

    Love Kim but that outfit does not look good on her at.all. Love the colors though :)

  77. Artist by Design says:

    i agree with you for Kim. I think Kim is gorgeous, but this time she couldve done for a little less ‘tight’ belt, I felt uncomfortable lookin at her!

    Love your blog :)

    from your newest follower- please follow me back tooo!

  78. Sada says:

    You are SO right–colorblocking is a tough one to get right. And I agree it’s best achieved with accents or accessories unless you’re a professional (even then, go easy!)! I pulled together an orange & purple number (just after Jennifer Hudson) and I REALLY liked it and might even give it another wear soon. Fantastic post!
    xo
    Sada
    http://dressologyhq.blogspot.com

  79. Kristy says:

    Hey! Definitely a NO GO for Kim… I´d wear that J.LO Dress! U remind me of an actress from Desperate Housewives…Don´t get that wrong ;) Greetz Kristy

  80. Nic Nic says:

    I agree, Kim’s outfit was very unflattering on her, especially the skirt… looked beautiful on the models.. i do feel it’s more a body shape thing!

  81. Elina K says:

    I guess that’s the post you wre refering to! Great work!
    Thank you for commenting on my blog and following! I am more than happy to follow you back dear! Keep in touch! x

    http://lipstickstarsandkillerheels.blogspot.com/

  82. Chick Flick Journal says:

    i do agree with you she cant pull it off

  83. Shinigami_U says:

    Thanks for the comment and for following.
    I like colour blocking, but I don’t look in it. Only if it basic bright colour, with something black or white.

    http://shinigami-u-openingmymind.blogspot.com/

  84. Anonymous says:

    i would rock this trend …i absolutely love it

  85. Lorena says:

    I love color blocking ! and must say i think that Kim’s mistake was pulling a straight from the runway look without adding any personal touch to it.

  86. i loooooove color blocking… but for Kim, that was tragic
    she looks like a decoration

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