It’s the season where fashion is dominated by a revival of past trends. You see the 70s, 80s and 90s coming back full swing, so it makes sense that colour blocking rears its head from 2010 too.

What used to be governed by pairing loud, complementary colours is now revamped into a trend where clashing colours are king. Neons are set aside in favour of earthier hues, typically paired with pastels or sherbet tones.

Influential style figures like Victoria Beckham and Kate Foley have been fronting the trend on the streets, while labels like Mulberry have integrated it into their latest collections, so you know it’s legit.. If you’re keen to try clashing colours, here’s some style inspiration from the most fashionable streets.


Those who are a stickler for all-black style and are afraid to try colour can take notes from Victoria Beckham’s latest wardrobe transformation. Opting for simple pieces like jumpers and straight-legged pants, Beckham lets the colour do the talking.

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Blocking different textured fabrics is another interesting take on the trend. Pastels are also becoming a recurring way to cut the edge off a complex colour story.

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If you must work prints into your colour block scheme, keep it simple, like lines, plaids or clean graphics. Balance is always crucial.

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Get yourself some outerwear that can do both. This soft teal coat with an orange shearling trim embodies this trend to a T.

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Pops of colour are now replaced by accents of black. For consistency, pick two colours to form the bedrock of your outfit, and use black as the glue that brings the look together.

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Beatrice Bowers
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