Colour blocking for fun

by Sylvia

color blocking in red, blue and white

After a week of relaxation and detox (for detox results be sure to read my final article on my detox retreat in Thailand), I felt the need to be colourful! So I thought why not combine this season’s major trends into a one outfit? Using 3 blocks of colour this outfit turns quite graphical. If I had had some great yellow watch or bangle I may have added it as well and give it a true Mondriaan feel!

colorblocking, graphical and colorful

The silhouette makes it quite ladylike and the top is certainly bright enough to fit the brights trend. However, most of all I wore this outfit because it’s fun and makes me happy!

Alldressedup and zara outfit

With the outfit reasonably simple I like to add statement jewellery. My Bruno Nimaber watch always succeeds in adding extra style and the white band breaks the otherwise too 2 colored outfit. The wide cuff adds a litte extra character. I even added one of Heels Diva’s shoe accessories as as a brooch for more fun. The white bag is nothing special, but I liked adding a white bag for a more graphical feel to the outfit and it’s certainly practical!

Red and blue outfit

I also tucked my top in at the front and left it open at the back. Although the top looks quite simple from the front it has a lot happening at the back. It certainly gives the back of the outfit a lot more character and draws attention away from my rather flat bottom. Have a look of how I wore the red top before.

Alddressedup silk red top

Top: Alldressedup, similar here
Skirt: Zara, similar here
Shoes: Players, similar
Watch: Bruno Nimaber
Cuff: gifted
Brooch: Heels Diva
Bag: somewhere in Italy

Have you tried out color blocking yet? And what have you been wearing this weekend?

1 Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

Your week of relaxation agrees with you – you look wonderful, Sylvia! Your blouse is so unusual and pretty. Thanks for sharing your look with Visible Monday : >

2 Sylvia

Thanks Patti!

3 Tangobabe

Dear Sylvia, wow, you look absolutely FAB! This outfit is indeed very feminine AND flattering. The lipstick also works wonders for you. The whole look is both stylish and happy. And look, how cool it works out to use a shoe accessory as a brooch. I do that myself as well, with my Heels Diva Shoe Clips. As I also sometimes put one in my hair or clip one on a belt. They are so versatile! It’s nice to see how much fun you are having playing around with your clothes and accessories. I enjoy that myself too! Creative idea to leave the top out at the back; works well! And were you aware of the very Dutch nature of your red-blue-and-white combo;-)?! Hahaha!

4 Sylvia

Thanks Anja. Of course I got the idea for the brooch from you you. I have already worn it in my hair as well! Not yet on my shoes but I’m sure that will happen soon. Yes, was aware of the flag combi but this outfit gave me more of a mondriaan feel. I was tempted to wear a yellow belt! (but didn’t have one)

5 Nanne

You look absolutely radiant! The cut and colour of the top is excellent!

6 Sylvia

Thanks Nanne!

7 Glamamom

The vibrancy of the colors is so amazing. You look fabulous and I love the back of that top!!

8 Sylvia

Thanks. Yes, the back is fun and I love that front is quite plain. You can still easily wear this top under jackets etc.

9 Darlene

This is my favorite outfit of yours, so far. The blouse is beautiful and I love the white accents.

10 Sylvia

Thanks Darlene! Lovely of you to let me know.

11 Tamera Beardsley

So, so chic! The color blocking has such energy and ends with a beautiful bang in the dramatic back detailing! Absolutely gorgeous!

happy Monday!

12 Sylvia

Colour blocking is so much fun. It’s a perfect example of how vibrant colours can make you instantly happier!

13 Suzanne

You look fit and healthy and are glowing with happiness. I think the retreat really did you a world of good. I am going to check out this detox idea. 🙂
I love your outfit. It is ladylike and sexy at the same time. I have a nice navy skirt but want a fabulous top like yours to wear with it now. You are always an inspiration.

14 Sylvia

Thanks Suzanne. It’s the combination of detox and being in such a relaxed wonderful place for a whole week. That combination does wonders for your body & soul!

15 Nancy

Thank you so much for your reply on my blog. That red blouse in incredible in you and that color, oh … just love it.

16 Sylvia

Thanks Nancy!

17 GreetjeKamminga

I didn’t recognize the blouse at first because of the flower. Then You pointed out I had seen the blouse before: the time you wore it with your light coloured skirt. Very very pretty blouse. Makes me melancholic for the days when I could still show my arms. Enjoy it while you can.
As all the others have already said: you look fantastic. Very clever to use the big white bag. I visited Monday Mingle and browsed around. The more blogs I visit, the more I appreciate your blog. I think yours is the best for me. By the way, when I clicked on the visible Monday-link, your own page opened…..???..

18 Sylvia

This top has become one of my favorites. Very easy to wear with lots of my clothes. Thanks for pointing out the incorrect link. It’s fixed now.

19 Kristin

Such a vibrant color combo!

20 Sylvia

Thanks Kristin!

21 Debbi@SheAccessorizesWell

You have such a nice figure and look so good in everything. This outfit looks so good on you. I like the brooch too.

22 Sylvia

Thanks. The brooch is actually a shoe clip but can also be used as a brooch as well as for your hair!

23 Jeannie

Gorgeous outfit Sylvia!
The back of the blouse is sooo pretty!

24 Sylvia

Thank you Jeannie!

25 Four Sisters

We love color blocking and you pulled if off beautifully!
We’re hosting our first ever Beautify It Monday link party right now and we’d love for you to stop by and link up!

26 Sylvia


27 WendyB

Now this is the way to wear red, white and blue!

28 Sylvia

Thanks Wendy!

29 megan, the frugalista diaries

I love this pairing, so gorgeous.

30 Sylvia

Thanks Megan!

31 Fashion Confessions of a Mommy

Visiting from Monday Mingle.
Love these colors and your blouse is so pretty. Everything looks very crisp.
I love that you added a white purse.

32 Sylvia

Thanks for the compliments Daphne and visiting my blog!

33 Bella Q

This is so far, by far, my favorite ensemble of yours! LOVE. I love the way the clothes fit on you- so chic and the color blocking is perfection. The stark white bag goes to 11. Aces.

34 Sylvia

Wow, thanks Bella!

35 tammy @ silverstyle

You look very chic in this outfit. I think I have to give your smile the award for making the outfit pop! You really do look radiant!

36 GreetjeKamminga

You inspired me to compose a red, white and blue outfit with jeans (it is still a little chilly in Holland). I have put it on your Style Forum in the section “what I wore”.
I think I gave to look for a new jacket. It seems to have shrunk (or I bought it too tight, but was in denial, haha.

37 Sylvia

I think it’s a great jacket! Further comments on the forum thread:

38 Dannie Meloy

Wow! Looks great Sylvia! You do a fantastic job at keeping the simple stuff chic. I’ve been trying to do the same myself, and you’ve been a great inspiration and example! Thanks for sharing!

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