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09 - 15 June , 2012

It's All About: Block Party
Colour blocking is the hottest trend this season. We tell you how to stay on-trend with this look
It's All About: Block Party

The colour-blocking trend began about a year ago and it literally means an outfit made up of 'blocks' of solid colour. The secret to pulling it off is sticking to simple shapes – think classic shifts, maxis, pencil skirts – and choosing shades that are the direct opposites on the colour wheel. Try clashing pink and yellow, orange and blue, green and black to create the most effective blocking effect. Many designers have added a few key pieces featuring geometric lines in an array of vibrant, eye-catching palettes. For instance, Kamiar Rokni incorporated some spectacular colour-blocked ensembles in his Modernist collection at PFDC Fashion Week. From vibrant outfits, to shoes and accessories, you'll draw plenty of attention with a few colour-blocked pieces this season. Here are five ways to flaunt the colour It's All About: Block Partyblocking trend this year:

High-Heeled Sandals
From peep-toe pumps to open-toed sandals, this trend makes an appearance in the shoe department with alternating brights and monotones. Look for shoes featuring a bright strip of colour or shoes with a contrasting heel.

Classic Handbags With A Twist
All the top-notch designers have created colour-blocked versions of their classics this year. Pick up a shiny new tote or slouchy bag in bold pinks, blues, yellows and greens to add a fun and playful twist to your look this season.

Maxi Dresses
Dying to pull out the maxi dress for spring or summer? Pick out one that has a darker block of colour It's All About: Block Partydown the torso and one or two other colours down the side for the ultimate slimming effect. You'll also find several maxi dresses that have diagonal stripes of colour to create an asymmetrical look. These can also be very slimming and a fun take on the simple It's All About: Block Partyhorizontal or vertical colour-blocking effect.

Three-Piece Ensembles
If you're looking for something a little fancier for a weekend lunch or special event, plan on wearing three contrasting colours from head to toe. Some options include bright red or pink pants, a pastel or white-coloured blouse, and a bold-coloured blazer or vest. Just make sure all of the colours you choose actually complement each other and make sure the brightest colour highlights your best body part.

Shift Or Tunic Dresses
When you're sporting a fitted shift dress for work or a simple tunic dress on your day off, pick out one that has at least two contrasting colours. A dress that has a darker-coloured lower half and white or neon-coloured top half will look like a skirt and blouse combo.

Work It Out
Be it at Pilates, yoga or your gym; look chic even while you are working out
Work It Out
Don't feel like hitting the gym? If your idea of sports wear is a baggy t-shirt and a pair of tracksuit bottoms it's no wonder. How you look translates to how you feel, so if your gear is unflattering you're not going to want to put it on, which gives you yet another excuse to duck out of exercising. We're here to help you get a kickstart for that fitness regime by dressing the part.
Workout apparel closely fitted to the body actually helps you move a little bit better offering you greater ease of movement. Wearing fitted clothing has also proven to be a motivating factor while exercising, as you tend to be able to see the shape of your body and the parts engaged in the exercise. This keeps one on their toes and plays a role in wanting to get in better shape.
The first thing to consider when buying fitness apparel is the type of exercise you intend on doing. For example, if you're doing yoga which is low impact, you can look for fabrics that breathe easily like cottons. Yoga apparel should be stretchable and have extreme movability. The colours for yoga tend to be muted and on the earthy side rather than bright popping shades.
For high impact exercises like aerobics, jogging, spinning etc. you want materials that will wick away moisture and not lock it in. Some fabrics use a technology that actually moves the moisture off your body to the outer layer of the clothing, keeping you dry while working out. Bright colours and cheery prints are great for high impact workouts, as it will make it that much easier to get inspired and motivated to put it on and go work out.

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