9 Winter Accessories That Never Go Out Of Style

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand, and for a talk beside the fire: it is a time for home.” – Edith Sitwell

What are your favorite winter accessories?

Winter is the best time to cuddle up with blankets and hot cocoa—but it’s also the perfect time to show off your stunning and unique fashion sense. I love winter because there are so many styles and accessories to try out, your wardrobe will never go stale.

But you don’t want to buy an entire new wardrobe every winter. You’d waste a lot of money, fabric, and energy. So here are the top 9 winter accessories that never leave the trending charts, so your wardrobe can be as sustainable as it is gorgeous!

1. Pearls

Add a little touch of sophistication to your outfit with gorgeous, refined pearls. They look like snowflake drops sprinkled across your elegant outfit.

Pearls never go out of style, and they’re a staple for every woman’s closet. They work especially well in the winter as a heartier accessory that pairs stunningly with deep winter colors like black, cobalt, maroon, and even gold.

Pearls are also super easy to match. You can wear a pearl necklace with gold or silver earrings. You can throw on pearl earrings with a chunky colorful bracelet. Pearls can be easily personalized while maintaining their unmatched elegance.

2. Leather gloves

Leather gloves are a classic look no matter the season or outfit. Pair with a blazer for a professional look or a puffy jacket for a casual trip to the mall. Leather gloves work especially well to enhance a brightly colored seasonal handbag.

You can find leather gloves in a lot of different colors and styles. We like the look of a chic black or a neutral beige to go with all of the sweaters and jackets in your closet.

Plus, leather is one of the warmest textiles! It will keep you warm and toasty in even the chilliest wind. It’s also a durable, lasting style that can withstand the test of time as long as you take care of it. There’s nothing better than practical fashion!

3. Waterproof purse

Whether it’s snowing or raining, you want a purse that will protect your valuables. You want a cross body or tote that holds up against any winter storms that come your way. Larger handbags are especially popular winter accessories, and they’re a great way to subtly show off your gloves and scarf as well.

One of my favorite waterproof bag brands is Longchamp. These investment bags have large interiors for all of your winter accessories, and the exterior is stunningly waterproof. With the leather straps and gorgeous colors, they’re equally stylish as they are practical.

Check out some of our hottest purses right now.

4. Ankle boots

Ankle boots are essential for fall and winter. They’re easy to walk in, and you don’t have to worry about how they fit up and around your calves like larger boots. Ankle boots pair with just about everything in your closet, from holiday dresses to dark jeans to velvet pants. A little heel can give you height and boost your outfit whether you’re going formal or casual.

I recommend avoiding suede and leather for your winter ankle boots, as these won’t hold up well against the snowy slush. We also advise that you spray a waterproof agent on patent leather for boots that last all season long (and beyond).

5. Beige sweater

The tan sweater is one of the simplest and most versatile winter accessories. Whether it’s a cardigan, a crew neck, or a mock neck, a tan sweater can go with just about any winter look. Beige is perfect because it can pair with darker colors, bright colors, or even winter white.

If beige is too light for you, opt for a tan or camel. The neutral color will complement any other trending pieces you’re wearing for the season to give a classic, sophisticated look wherever you go.

Plus, you want to always have a comfy sweater on hand to keep you warm! Cashmere is a great option because it’s durable, high quality, and will keep you nice and toasty as you strut down the snowy streets.

6. Dark denim

Dark denim is a wardrobe essential in its own right, but it’s especially important for winter adventures. Whether you’re hanging out in a ski resort, going to a holiday party, or kicking back to relax, dark denim is a simple go-to for every look. Dress it up with a pair of gorgeous heels and a holiday blouse, or dress it down with snow boots to hit the slopes.

I recommend going for a skinnier cut of dark denim for the winter. They pair well with heels or can be tucked into ankle boots without extra fabric scrunching up.

7. Designer watch

Trying out different watch trends can be fun to play with, but a quality watch will never go out of style. This is a great accessory that can spice up any outfit, especially around the holiday season. A designer watch can withstand the test of time, and it will add a bit of luxury to any outfit. Plus, it will always make sure you’re on time during the busy holiday season.

I recommend a minimalist face with lines in place of numbers. Opt for a metal band, which are more durable, versatile, and repairable than leather or colored bands. Gold and silver are great watch investments, and even rose gold has become the new classic.

Another timeless style is the chronograph, which has persisted throughout the ages. The chronograph typically has multiple faces, and it can be used as a stopwatch as well as a clock. Although it’s often considered a masculine style, it’s one of the more common trends for women fashion as well.

8. Winter sunglasses

The sun doesn’t go away in the winter, and the light can actually reflect worse off of the snow. So you still need to protect your sensitive eyes in the dead of winter with polarized glasses. Winter sunglasses are actually different than summer ones, as they tend to be darker and larger. The styles of winter sunglasses tend to stay consistent throughout the years, while summer sunglasses tend to change trends frequently.

I love the look of dark or black shades with a winter white or Christmas red. It creates a gorgeous contrast that makes every outfit look polished.

Cat-eye is the evergreen staple of sunglasses frames, and they look especially beautiful with pearls and a winter dress. Wayfarers are also a classic style that will persist regardless of season or style.

9.  Trench coat

A trench coat is a classic wardrobe essential that never goes out of style. Whether you’re heading to work, to a party, or to the mall, a trench coat always fits right in.

Double breasted coats are especially winter-worthy. Leave them unbuttoned to show off your style underneath and button them back up for a warm trip around town. Opt for a neutral color that will work with every winter outfit you have, and you’ll always be the belle of every ball.

What are your favorite winter accessories?

How do you build your winter wonderland wardrobe? What accessories make your outfits shine? Give our readers your style tips in the comments below!

5 Reasons Why Secondhand Items Make The Best Gifts

Still searching high and low for the perfect gifts for your loved ones this holiday season? That’s because you’re looking in all the wrong places!

Secondhand items are the hottest, chicest gift items for 2018, but you may not have even considered them yet. They’re thoughtful, special presents that appeal to everyone on your list. Show how much you love and care for your friends and family with exceptional, unique secondhand goodies—all without hurting your wallet or the environment.

Check out these top 5 reasons consignment items have become the most popular and impactful gift-giving trend for the season!

1. Quality

You care about the quality of the gifts you give. You want to pamper and treat your friends and family with luxurious gifts. Secondhand pieces are a great way to give superior designer products without sacrificing price. Give a quality gift to a quality friend.  

At Current Boutique, we have hundreds of designer items lined up in-house. From Tiffany earrings to Kate Spade bags, you can find a wide array of luxury styles right in our consignment shop and online. Our designer bags are especially popular as gifts because your recipients will love flaunting the beauty and functionality that comes from top-name brands.

Give the gift of lavish beauty this holiday season.

2. Unique

But you’re not just giving high-quality designer clothing. You’re gifting unique, exclusive secondhand pieces that aren’t for sale anywhere else. These items could be from a season ago, ten seasons ago, or ten years ago. And with designer items, the value increases overtime—even if they’ve been previously gently worn or used. They become more distinct and unique the longer they’re out of season—because they never go out of style.

So often secondhand pieces are unlike anything you’ll find in stores today. That means you’re more likely to find something that suits your friend’s actual style, rather than just whatever is trending in fast fashion during the season.

Show your friends how extraordinary they are by giving them a unique gift they can’t find anywhere else.

3. Thoughtful

A matchless item that fits your friend’s personality shows that you’ve put thought into the gift. Most recipients appreciate the thought behind a gift rather than the expense of the gift itself. People love to feel that you’re thinking of them—and especially that you think they’re special and unique. Giving a distinctive secondhand item tells them that you think they’re rare and beautiful.

Be a creative, out-of-the-box gift giver.

4. Affordable

You want to give your friends something high quality, vintage, and thoughtful. But doesn’t that cost a lot? Not when it’s a secondhand sensation gift!

Secondhand shops give you access to top-notch fashion pieces at a fraction of the cost. Imagine buying a genuine cashmere Burberry scarf for only $150 dollars, or a Rebecca Minkoff crossbody for just $70, or even a Tiffany & Co’s famous open heart necklace for $140!

In fact, shopping consignment can save nearly 70% off the original retail price. Plus, the holidays usually offer at least another 20% off of that. Talk about incredible savings!

When you buy designer items in-season, it can cost you hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars. Most of us can’t afford to get everyone on our list something designer and beautiful. But when you take off more than half of the listing price, you have more financial wiggle room to indulge in the gorgeous gifts your friends deserve for being so wonderful.

Give luxury without breaking the bank.

5. Sustainable

Buying a bunch of new gifts for the holiday season can be surprisingly wasteful. Most people give moderately-priced gifts, meaning the lifespan of your clothes and accessories won’t last very long. You likely end up throwing out your gifts by the time the next holiday season rolls around. And how many gifts have you been given that you haven’t even worn or used at all?

Holiday gifts end up getting wasted more than they do getting used.  

The high-end clothes on consignment already need a home, and they’ve already proven to withstand the test of time.  Why buy average clothes when you can buy high-end clothes for the same or lower price—while enhancing your wardrobe and saving the environment?

Be an eco-friendly gift giver, and the world (and your recipient) will thank you.

How to give secondhand

So how do you actually give secondhand gifts? How do you make this the most special and unique gift you possibly can this holiday season?

Here are some Current Boutique tips and tricks to make your secondhand gifting a breeze:

  • There’s a difference between secondhand and used. Secondhand goods come from a consignment shop or reseller. They have been professionally cleaned and repaired, and they’re handpicked as valuable, high-quality items. Never give something straight from your wardrobe as a gift under the false guise of “secondhand”!
  • Give the gift in appropriate packaging. If the secondhand shop does gift-wrap or has a unique unboxing process, then use it! If not, wrap it as you would another gift. You want to present the box in an extraordinary way so they’re excited to uncover what’s inside.
  • Give info about the store where you got the item. Be proud of your secondhand goodies. You want people to know that their gifts are unique finds that you went out of your way to personalize for them. Plus, they’ll love learning more about the awesome store where you got their priceless gifts.
  • Shop with Current Boutique! We always have sales on the hottest trending items from the biggest brand names you can imagine. From our Current Obsessions to Trend lookbooks, we make it easy to search through our hundreds of products to find great gifts.  

We look forward to seeing all you secondhand holiday shoppers with us soon!

The Highs And Lows Of Owning A Small Business

Small Business Saturday was designed to celebrate small businesses and their owners. So I’m doing the same at Craving Current!

Owning a small business is blissful and stressful, exhilarating and frightening. For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, it’s a wonderful journey.  Over the years, I’ve learned to keep an even keel and not let the highs get too high and the lows too low.

Today, I’m giving you the positives and not-so-positives of owning a small business and living the entrepreneur’s lifestyle! Being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you only work for and answer to yourself.  My bosses are my customers and my employees! They are the ones that really run the show.

The Highs 

Why do small business owners do what they do?

Relationships with customers

During the Black Friday weekend, major retailers slash prices to send discount goods flying out their doors. But small businesses often can’t keep up with these major deals and low margins, so they tend to get lost in the fray of the excitement. That’s why American Express decided to promote the small business world with Small Business Saturday, where business owners have the opportunity to grab a piece of the holiday pie the day after Black Friday.

The focus of Small Business Saturday is to allow owners to provide unique, personalized experiences with their customers. Maybe a boutique offers hot chocolate or cookies while customers are browsing. Or a local restaurant offers a kids’ bakeoff championship. These events bring people together in a deep relationship with the business and community.

Customers love the connections that they can build with their local small businesses. And small business owners thrive on this relationship with their clients. There’s nothing better for an owner than knowing you’ve had a direct impact on your local community by providing a top-notch experience, service, and product.

Relationships make businesses succeed.

Community

There’s an opportunity for small businesses to become a big fish in a little pond. A quality local business can become a staple of the community. This allows you to build connections that lead to prospects, clients, and partners.

A lot of small business owners love knowing that they can make a difference in their community. Whether a small town or a huge city, a small business can become a cornerstone for community and culture.

Provide jobs

Small business owners are also building their communities by providing jobs to locals. This is a great way to stimulate the economy and bring a positive employment rate to the area.

Even more, a lot of small businesses tend to hire a wider array of employees that other businesses may not take on. This includes teens, retirees, part-time workers, those with families, and those with disabilities.

Running a small business gives you the opportunity to be a great boss and provide a strong life for your employees. You’re responsible for their wages, their healthcare, and their work-life balance. You’re also responsible for their growth and learning, and you can help promote them to the next stage of their professional life.

Being a great boss is one of the most rewarding jobs out there.

Creativity

You can own and run your business as you see fit. There’s no box to fit into. And if you make a box, you can break it just as easily. This channels creativity and productivity in a new way by constantly pushing the bounds to get to the next level.

Research has shown that small businesses that emphasize innovation and ingenuity are those that succeed and flourish. Fostering this kind of collaborative environment is stimulating and effective.

Contribution

Small business owners like working for themselves.  This independence allows for extreme levels of growth both personally and professionally. You can even decide what you wear to work every day!

Autonomy isn’t enough, though. Business owners love the feeling of independence, but they also know that they couldn’t run a business without their employees.

Most entrepreneurs start a small business because they want to give back in some way. They see a need in their community that they’re looking to fill. This gives a rewarding sense of purpose that ignites passion every day when you wake up.

It also gives you the opportunity to be a great boss and provide a strong life for your employees. You’re responsible for their wages, their healthcare, and their work-life balance.

Business owners can control the culture of their business and how that mission gives back to employees, to customers, and to the community. There is no greater feeling than seeing happy employees and happy customers walk through your doors.

Success

The feeling that you built something from nothing—and saw success—is an unmatched experience. It’s like building a house. There’s a lot of time hard work that goes into it. But then it’s finished, and you stare in awe at the home you’ve created.

Even with the highs and lows, there’s a strong sense of accomplishment for owners who work every day to take their business to the next level. Small business owners learn to appreciate every win, no matter how “big” or “small” the success.

The Lows

What do small business owners have to face?

Hours

A business owner is never “off the clock.” There is little separation between home and work, and the two have to blend and integrate seamlessly. This can create a high-stress situation for the owner and their family. Work-life balance hard to achieve.

Stress

Business owners experience serious stress. All jobs have stressors, but the responsibility of owning a business brings a deeper level of pressure. Everything from recessions, tech problems, insurance rate increases, supplier mishaps to increased competition—the list of potential problems goes on and on. Having to fire employees—whether due to performance or budgeting—is another significant stress for business owners. Even your own decisions can create problems.

At any given moment, a business owner is dealing with at least one of these stresses that put their business and livelihood at risk. Without a strong coping mechanism, some business owners can’t cut it.

Failure

Business owners will fail—many times. There are major highs and great days, but there are also serious lows and horrible days. Failure is inevitable.

But failure is essential to growth. Those with thick skin and a resilient nature can persist through the problems to develop at an even faster rate.

“If you’re not failing every now and again, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything very innovative.” – Woody Allen

Money

Money can be an exciting high of owning a business, but it can also be a serious low. Your salary is often dependent upon the success of the business. You may not even take a salary sometimes in order to keep the business afloat.

There is a lot of volatility in business financials, so it’s important to learn to manage your numbers—and your emotional state. Those leaders who chase a vision, not a paycheck, tend to see the most successful businesses.

“Chase the vision, not the money. The money will end up following you.” – Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos

Bottom Line

Owning a business is a thrilling ride filled with the highest highs and the lowest lows. An owner experiences everything from joyous contribution to an anxious risk that doors could be closing.

But challenges and all, owning a small business connects you with a community and helps you build a rewarding life that you love.

Enjoy your Small Business Saturday!

“Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow know what you truly want to become.” – Steve Jobs

Look Good, Feel Great: The Psychology Of Clothing

(Pictured wearing Alice & Olivia dress, Maggie Lu shoes, Current Collection Earrings

What you wear is a message to others and to yourself about who you are. The “psychology of clothing” tells us that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to the clothes you choose.

Wearing a pilot uniform shows that you’re a pilot. Putting on athletic clothes implies that you’re sporty and fit. Rocking bright red dress tells us that you’re daring and adventurous!

But the association between clothes and perception runs even deeper than that. What you wear directly influences your thoughts and behaviors. It also impacts how others perceive your personality and actions.

How does the psychology of clothes work? And how can you make this psychology work in your favor to be even more powerful, productive, and stunning?

Enclothed cognition

There’s a phenomenon scientists have dubbed “enclothed cognition.” This is simply the scientific term for the idea that clothing impacts how we think. The theory says the clothing we wear (or that others are wearing) actually changes our thought patterns.

And this isn’t anything new. Humans have been wearing clothing almost since the dawn of our existence. Although it began out of necessity and practicality, it quickly morphed into an art form and means of communication. For centuries, dress was the number one status symbol. It told people where you ranked in society, how much could afford, and what your profession was.

For example, certain colors (like purple) and fabrics (like silk) were reserved for the royal or elite classes. Workers would save up all of their money to buy a purple dress or accessory to try to improve their ranks. Clothing was not only a symbol of status but also a means for movement in a highly immovable society.

The same is true today. Clothes have become an engrained part of our society. What you wear signals to others who you are and where you belong in this world. It also tells your own brain what kind of behaviors and traits it needs to possess while wearing that kind of outfit.

Clothes impact how others see you

Whether or not we like it, “judgment” is a part of our society. People will make a split decision about you within the first 8 seconds of meeting you. Usually, this is impacted by your handshake, greeting, and clothing.

Someone will instantly size you up based on what you’re wearing—whether or not they’re doing it consciously. For example, you’d think someone carrying a Chanel bag has money while someone in ripped, dirty clothes might be struggling.

It goes beyond looking “neat and tidy,” though. Snap judgments based on clothing can actually make people view your behaviors and personality in a completely different way.

You’ve heard it before: dress for the job you want. And this is actually true! If you dress as though you were already in that role, people will actually start to naturally see you in that light. If they already envision you in that way, it’s not a far jump to hiring you or promoting you to that position.

The same is even true of dating. What you wear on a first date can tell the other person what kind of mate you would be. In fact, studies show that there are subtle cues in our clothing that subliminally hint at what kind of person you are.

For example, a woman in a form-fitting shirt and pencil skirt will appear more confident, successful, and a higher earner than those in even designer jeans and a blouse. Even subtle changes—like an extra button undone on the blouse—can create some sort of indicator or judgment in the other person.

This isn’t meant to scare you away from society or wearing what you want. But it’s important to realize that appearance does matter. You are a confident, beautiful, gorgeous woman— so don’t be afraid to reflect that in your clothing as well!

Clothes impact how you see yourself

Even more important than how others view you, what you wear can impact your own self-image as well. The image you create with your clothes can then actually direct your behaviors and actions.

The most popular example of this was a study using doctor’s lab coats. In the first part of the study, half of the participants were given doctor’s lab coats and the other half remained in their street clothes. Those dressed in white coats made fewer mistakes and focused better than those in their everyday clothes.

In the second half of the experiment, they gave everyone the same coats, but they told half it was a doctor’s coat and half it was a painter’s smock. Those who thought it was a doctor’s coat could again focus harder and longer than those in the painter’s smock.

Researchers speculated that this was because doctors are known to be attentive and detail-oriented, so those in the lab coats began to take on similar “doctor” traits.

They were embodying the expectations of the outfit.

This isn’t the only study that shows people “live up” to the ideas of their outfits. A study in Social Psychological and Personality Science found that those who wear formal business attire feel more powerful and in control of a situation, especially when going through a cognitive processing experiment. They also showed higher levels of intellect and creativity—even if they were on the same level as their casual-wearer counterparts. A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology even found that wearing a suit gave you an edge in an argument over someone in sweats or casual clothing.

How can you “dress the part?”

Clothing can change how we act and how others feel about us.

So how can we subtly “manipulate” situations based on what we’re wearing? How can we use fashion to our advantage?

  1. Wearing “power clothing” makes you feel more confident and domineering. This can improve your motivation, productivity, thinking, and negotiation skills. “Power clothing” consists of a well-tailored suit, like a blazer with pencil skirt and heels. Check out my work wardrobe essentials to instantly get a boost of professional confidence!
  2. Wearing casual clothes can make you more friendly, personable, and creative. That makes “casual Fridays” a great day to innovate and brainstorm with your team or to start that new art project you’ve been thinking about.
  3. Throwing on your gym clothes can actually motivate you to workout and make healthy choices. It not only works as a reminder, but it actually puts you in the mindset of “healthy living.” Throw your gym clothes on first thing in the morning before running errands and you’re more likely to hit the gym on your way home. (Psst… wearing red to the gym can actually make you more motivated than wearing blue.)
  4. Wearing a uniform instantly puts you in that mindset. For example, if you put on a lab coat, you’re more likely to be attentive and focused. If you put on a trucker uniform, you’re more likely to be determined and “driven.” This is true for children as well. That’s why a lot of schools require uniforms; a uniform creates a more formal setting of learning, which adds value to the education itself.
  5. Designer clothing has actually been shown to create a more “high-class” attitude. When wearing luxury clothing, it’s shown that you’re more likely to make strong financial decisions—but you’re also less likely to contribute to other people.
  6. Even the colors that you wear can impact your mood. Cheerful colors can boost your body and energy, while darker colors create a more relaxed and low-stress feel. If you’re having a bad day, throw on your brightest color and it can instantly improve your mental state!
  7. Don’t neglect your undergarments. Wearing high-quality underwear or lingerie under your clothing “just for yourself” can actually make you feel and act more powerful, confident, and outwardly sexy. Remember that dressing is for you!

Conclusion

What you wear doesn’t define your value as a human being. But there is an important psychology of clothing that we need to be aware of. It’s important to understand how your clothes impact your thoughts and actions—and how others perceive those thoughts and actions based on what you’re wearing as well.

How do your clothes make you feel? Let us know in the comments below!

How To Rock The Fall Color Blocking Trend

(Pictured wearing Wolford turtleneck bodysuit, L.K. Bennet skirt, Vintage Classic Fendi  Baguette)

Color blocking has been in and out of the fashion scene for a few years, but now it’s back with a new twist. This spring, we saw color blocking with gorgeous pastels and bright neons. Now, the popularity of color blocking is following into autumn as well, this time with rich colors, monochromatic shades, and pairing patterns.

What does fall color blocking look like for 2018 and how can you get in on this gorgeous, confident trend? Read on for color blocking 101 and inspiration to incorporate this look into your wardrobe.

What is color blocking?

Color blocking is typically the union of multiple solid colors together. A single outfit or garment is divided into “blocks” of color, usually ranging between two and four contrasting colors. It’s similar to patchwork, where different materials and colors are sewn together in a deliberately asymmetrical way.

I love color blocked styles because they make matching a breeze. You have a lot of bold colors working against each other, which makes it easier to mix and match. You don’t have to worry about matching the exact hues or shades, because you’re already pairing together unlike colors.

Think of color blocking like purposeful mismatching!

What are the fall color block trends?

There are three key trends for color blocking this fall: monochromatic blocks, contrasting fall hues, and print blocking. Let’s delve into these exciting new looks!

Monochromatic blocks

Color blocking is usually about pairing contrasting colors. This juxtaposition of color is what makes these “blocks” so appealing to the eye.

However, this season we’re seeing a new type of color blocking that doesn’t use contrasting colors. Instead, we’re finding one color in varying tones. This monochromatic (“one color”) style is a gorgeously subtle way to indulge in the fall color blocking trend.

This works by matching different hues or materials together within the same color family. For example, a dress might pair a bright red with a dark maroon with a pastel pink. Or you might have a similar red hue that has blocks of velvet, suede, and cotton in different blocks.

Monochromatic blocks are a great way to try out color blocking if you’re not used to daring, intense outfits. You can opt for a single color that you love (and that looks great on you), and then block with variations of that same pigment. Try out different fabrics and materials too. It creates a textured look that is highly flattering and eye-catching.

The hottest monochromatic colors of the season are purples and reds. For purple, try out everything from lilac to lavender to violet. For reds, don’t be afraid to go bright and bold this season. Interestingly, some designers have even started pairing these two hot colors by mixing red with purple through an underlay of brown tints.

Contrasting fall hues

Everyone knows and loves the rich colors of autumn. Deep browns, yellows, oranges, and reds remind us of the warm embrace of the season. Other gorgeous fall colors include camel, navy, charcoal, and beige.

Want help contrasting fall hues? Here are some favorite fall color combos:
• Coffee (dark brown) and rhubarb (reddish purple)
• Mustard yellow and tangerine
• Eggplant (deep purple) and burnt orange
• Cornflower blue and army green
• Fire truck red and purple
• Light navy and gold

Color Combo Favorites Carmen Lopez Current Boutique

Denim is a typical autumnal fall material. Dark denim matches beautifully with most fall colors, and it will keep you warm in the brisk air. Interestingly, denim is coming into the block trend as well. Some designers are pairing different washes of denim in jackets and pants to create a unique vibe that’s unique from the typical denim look. You can even pair dark jeans with a light wash jacket for a quick and easy color block look.

I love the look of blocking different types of denims with a few prints and bold colors. The contrast will grab attention with surprise and delight.

Print blocking

Color blocking usually includes colors, but pattern blocking is an incoming trend for fall. Mixing and matching patterns, especially animal prints, is a bold way to go against fashion conventions into something more courageous.

You might have one pattern in lots of colors. For example, you could have one block of vertical red and blue stripes, another of horizontal green and purple stripes, and a third block with diagonal red and purple stripes. The overlap of colors unites the blocks while still creating daring contrasts.

Print blocking also pairs multiple patterns together. You could have one block of stripes, one of polka dots, and one of a solid color. It could even have one block of cheetah print, one of zebra, and one of neon pink.

It takes a confident, graceful woman to pull off this look. Throw on a smile and start your strut, and you’ll be able to pull off this print blocking with ease!

How to wear color blocking

The best part about fall color blocking is its versatility. You can wear a color blocked dress or shirt, or you can go subtler with accessories or makeup. For the fall season, gloves, scarves, and hats are even being “blocked.”

Try out a color blocked scarf with a little black dress to pair the classic and the trendy. Or go for a color blocked hat with beige trench coat. You’ll love the way the accent colors create a strong statement against your wardrobe essentials.

I especially love the look of color blocked platform heels. These have a different color on the front, heel, and sole. Some even include animal prints as well. This stunning contrast instantly draws the eye, making it perfect for work or for play!

Wrapping up fall color blocking

Don’t be afraid to take on color blocking and make it your own! With the monochromatic look, you can pair your favorite pieces together in a stunning singular color palette. With print blocking, you can throw on all of your favorite animal prints from a decade ago. And with contrasting fall hues, you’ll be able to indulge in the richness of the season, cozying up with your favorite sweaters, accessories, and autumnal colors.

How do you wear the color blocking trend? Show off in the comments below!