It's the can't-miss trend of spring 2011: color blocking. Bright, engaging and even a bit humorous, the look was all over the season's runways. That cavalcade of showy, engaging pieces rife with bold pops of color - some complementary, some completely unexpected - was definitely not for the timid.
There are conservative ways of implementing some blocks of color into your everyday look, though - even at the office. On the other side of the coin are those brighter-than-thou shades that show no fear, instantly steal the spotlight and look riveting in any setting (hello, perfect night-out ensemble). Here are a few color-blocked pieces we love:
Offering a fresh interpretation of the look, this Jones New York Color Block Sheath Dress
($138, above) works splashes of blue with unfinished sections of coral and yellow against a neutral backdrop. The result? This is something you could easily wear in a professional environment - just throw a belt and blazer on for some structure.
A draped top makes the most of a casual-chic look, and looks a lot more polished than a plain old T-shirt, too. This Red Haute Color Block Dolman Sleeve Top
($68, above) is a great option. The sleeves flow at the shoulders before giving way to a more body-conscious fit, and the neutral color combo is ideal whether you're dressed up or down.
How's this for flattering? The strategically placed sections on this Maggy London Colorblock Ponte Knit Sheath Dress
($98, above) spell perfection for the woman seeking an everyday, anywhere dress that makes the most of her figure. The black panels along the sides contribute to an overall slimmer silhouette.
Unusual gathering lends this Lumiani International Collection Drew Pleated Color-Block Sweater
($139, above) such a unique vibe. Despite its unexpected look, it's the epitome of laid-back chic. Throw it on with jeans and boots for a look that's effortless, yet right on trend.
Oh, how we adore affordable finds that are so timeless they'll be worn for years. This Worthington Colorblock Ponte Skirt
($24.99) makes dressing for work or play so easy. Just pair it with a crisp blazer and colorful blouse during office hours, then swap your accessories (and lose the blazer) for a fun night out. Flattering, comfy and easy to wear with nearly anything, this is truly a fab deal.
Need more inspiration? Check out some more of our favorite color blocking looks on StyleBakery.com
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