My Colour Blocking Challenge

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This is analogous colour blocking

Analogous colours are next to each other on the colour wheel, and colour blocking means wearing big chunks of solid colours instead of mixing them up in prints. I often wear analogous colours together (read: I wear blue and green), as I like the effect of harmony it creates. 

Of course, pink and orange are not quite ‘neighbors’ on the colour wheel (there’s red between them) but they’re both made by mixing red with another primary colour (blue and yellow, respectively). So, there’s enough contrast, yet the colours are close enough to create a harmonious colour scheme. And to further increase the harmony, I prefer the lighter shades of orange (peach or coral) together with hot pink.

What you see on the mural behind me is both analogous colour blocking (red, orange, yellow) and contrasting colour blocking (using compelementary colours i.e. colours on the opposite sides of the colour wheel, orange and blue in this case). It may be more striking, but I prefer harmonious colour schemes in my outfits, especially when  wearing solids.

OK, lesson over…

orange and pink color blocking

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Outfit details:

pink dress: Ghost (old) / linen shirt: Marks and Spencer old) / bag: Furla / 

sunglasses: Marimekko / shoes: Clarks (old) / necklace: Purificacion Garcia

Do you like colour blocking?



Linking up with: 

Not Dead Yet StyleElegantly Dressed and StylishGaray TreasuresHigh Latitude StyleSydney Fashion HunterThe Pleated PoppyStyle ElixirGet Your Pretty OnHappiness at Mid-LifeA Labour of LifeDoused in PinkCurly Crafty MomFashion Should Be FunRachel the HatSincerely Jenna MarieMore Pieces of MeColor and GraceThe Wardrobe StylistNot Dressed As LambStyle NudgeCoco et La Vie en RoseFashionably Employed,The Fabulous JourneyLiving on Cloud NineA Well Styled LifeElegance and MommyhoodPosh Classy MomNancy’s Fashion StyleSheela Writes 


  1. Shybiker
    5 June 2016 / 2:31 pm

    I love this combination! Great colors which magnify each other. Good work, buddy.

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:02 am

      Thanks, Ally! I love pink and orange together, so vibrant and summery.

  2. No Fear of Fashion
    6 June 2016 / 6:42 am

    I think it is a really nice combination. Unexpected and interesting. Well done.Greetje

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:03 am

      Thanks, Greetje!

  3. Nancy's Fashion Style
    6 June 2016 / 7:05 am

    I love that kind of color blocking. This is beautiful, I love those colors together and that dress is looking very good on you. Its a great idea to wear a blouse knotted like that on a dresses!

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:05 am

      Thanks, Nancy. A linen shirt worn tied at the waist is practically my 'summer uniform', it defines the waist better than just wearing the shirt loose.

  4. Patti
    6 June 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Great combination – it's exciting to see these two colors next to each other. Thanks for linking up, you look terrific, xox-Patti

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:05 am

      Thanks, Patti!

  5. Natalia Lialina
    6 June 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Love this, Tiina! You look amazing – great colors, shapes, details – just fab outfit!

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:06 am

      Thanks, Natalia!

  6. Shelbee On The Edge
    7 June 2016 / 11:55 am

    You are color blocking master! I love these 2 colors together and that dress is fabulous is you! I love it with the shirt tied at the waist, too. Adorable! By the way, I also love blue and green together!

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:15 pm

      Thank you so much, Shelbee, that's so sweet of you. Yes, blue and green is a great colour combo, one of my favourites.

  7. Queen In Between
    7 June 2016 / 12:15 pm

    I never think of color blocking this way. Great suggestions and such fun pictures! Thanks for linking with Ageless Style! Shelly||The Queen in Between

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:16 pm

      Thanks.Well, as I don't like strong contrast in my outfits, analogous colour blocking works better for me.

  8. Jessica Jannenga
    7 June 2016 / 3:59 pm

    One of my favorite looks on you, the peach and pink are perfect with your complexion and I love the look of these colors!Thanks for linking up with turning heads tuesday!jess

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:20 pm

      Thanks, Jessica. It's amazing what an effect the right (or wrong) colour can have, isn't it? I began noticing that after I started blogging, that certain colours look really good on me whereas others don't seem to do much. And other people comment on that, too, so there must be some truth to it.

  9. J. Elle
    7 June 2016 / 5:18 pm

    Great color combination! I don't believe I have ever tried one of shirts tied like over a dress, so thanks for the inspiration. Thanks for linking up with The Ageless Style link-up!

    • Tiina L
      7 June 2016 / 6:23 pm

      Thanks! I always wear these big linen shirts tied at the waist in summer, even over dresses. I don't really care for layering; it's sun protection. I want long(ish) sleeves simply to keep my arms and shoulders covered and keep me from burning.

  10. CaseyGirlHeard
    10 June 2016 / 6:05 am

    I love wearing pinks/reds together! And you are doing it perfectly.;)

    • Tiina L
      10 June 2016 / 10:10 am

      Thank you, such a sweet comment!

  11. Dawn Lucy - Fashion Should Be Fun
    10 June 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Pink and peach perfection! Thanks for joining in our Friday fashion fun & have a fab weekend!OXOXDawn Lucy

    • Tiina L
      10 June 2016 / 6:41 pm

      Thanks! Have a great weekend!

  12. Grace Liang
    10 June 2016 / 7:07 pm

    Love it Tiina! Those two colors are going so well together!Thank you so much for linking up with us. Don’t forget to come back every Monday, Wednesday and Friday to link up with me again! Take care and keep in touch! :)Grace 

    • Tiina L
      10 June 2016 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you, Grace.

  13. Sheela Goh
    11 June 2016 / 5:15 am

    Hurrah for analogous colours and the art of colour-blocking. An art form which I am only just beginning to get acquainted with 🙂 and which you, Tiina, have clearly mastered in this outfit. I love that you made pink look sassy and bold, instead of the usual Barbie saccharine sweetness the rest of the world sports!! xoxo

    • Tiina L
      11 June 2016 / 9:12 am

      Thanks, Sheela. My worst nightmare would be seen as barbie anything… Yet, I love pink, particularly hot pink, it's a great colour for my skin tone. I see it as a power colour: bold and in-your-face. But I avoid any overly 'girly' or sweet elements when wearing pink (well, I avoid those elements most of the time because that's just not me…) to make the most of the 'power colour' aspect of my favourite colour and to make it suit my personal style.

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