Those who follow/read my blog will know that I love colours.  As a fashion-lover, I am always looking to incorporate big, bold, beautiful colours in my wardrobe. Needless to say, colour blocking is one of my favourite fashion trends. Colour blocking is all about taking three or four colours and mixing it together. The trick here is to not go overboard and stick to a maximum of four colours. But how do you decide which colours to use? Take a colour wheel (see below) and create an ensemble with complementary colours (shades from opposite sides of the wheel), monochromatic colors (the same color in different shades), neutral colors (white, black, grays, and browns) or analogous colors (shades neighbouring each other on the color wheel). I also try and make sure that a combination is shocking yet pleasing to the eyes.

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Spring-Summer 2013 has given a fresh take on this trend. There were some interesting colour combinations on the run-way. From Mustard with Coral to Emerald with Turquoise. Clearly, the possibilities are endless. On that happy note, here’s how I’ve personalised this trend.

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Here, I’ve paired hot pink with navy keeping in mind my shocking+pleasing mantra. I’ve added a third colour–dull gold–for shoes and accessories and have used a grey bag to “neutralise” the whole look.

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Don’t be afraid to use bright, bold colours like hot pink. Bright colours will take you through AW’13 to Summer ’14.

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Colour block dress: DIY, Flats: Internationale, Earrings: Portobello Market, Cuff: India, Bag, Next, Shades: Lacoste

So, did that convince you to use more colour or is it too daring a trend? C’mon step out of your comfort zone and see the magic unfolding.

The way you do something is the way you do everything. In that sense, my guest blogger for this week is rather special. I just had to mention once if she was interested in doing a fashion post and within days I got this. Sindhu Nadig, a freelance stylist from Bangalore, India is not just a fashion lover but knows how to make it her own. A girl with lot of chutzpah and confidence. She also runs a fashion segment for curvy girls called A Size Apart on fashionara.com. Over to you Sindhu.

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It’s interesting to note the things that fashion trends take inspiration from – tribal inspired Aztec prints to Florals that come from nature to Wildlife even, think cheetah and leopard prints, inspiration is everywhere. Even in the prisons! How else does one explain Jail Stripes becoming the latest trend ruling the ramps?  Case in point – see pic below

L – R: Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, and Marc Jacobs, all spring 2013. (Source: http://stylephantom.com/2013/03/the-back-to-jail-stripes)

L – R: Dolce & Gabbana, Balmain, and Marc Jacobs, all spring 2013.
(Source: http://stylephantom.com/2013/03/the-back-to-jail-stripes)

Even for a fashion follower like me, this trend took some warming up to. All the typical questions like will vertical stripes suit my body type? Is it too daring a trend? Can I wear it to work? kept cropping up but ultimately I gave in. And a jail stripes blazer found its way into my wardrobe.  One thing I always endorse is being confident and carrying off your outfit with aplomb. I’ve never ever been skinny and have still managed to remain fashionable. It’s has so much to do with being confident and so less to do about size. On that happy note, pictures from my look styled with Jail Stripes!

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Seen here is a black ankle length maxi dress that creates such a wonder illusion of making me look skinny and hence I totally love. Being a curvy girl I played on my strength – a small waist and have accentuated it here with a braided belt that was a tad bit long but it looked great being looped this way. And then of course, the star of the show – THE blazer.

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Since black is a great canvas to work with there are several alternate ways you could style this look. A colorful statement neck piece or a floral scarf would work very well. You could also opt for sky high heels in a pop of color like hot pink. I have however, kept this very subtle with my brown moccasins that match the belt, a studded black bag and shades with a gilded frame.

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maxi dress – Inmark, jail stripes jacket – (Designer Anita Dongre) AND,  shades -H&M, bag – Steve madden, moccasins – donebynone.com, Photo credits: Keerat Kaur

Voila!  Did that inspire you to go try out this trend? C’mon, don’t be shy. Remember, confidence is everything!