Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Eight: Colorblocking and Pop of Color


On the Runway

Colorblocking has been popular for at least a couple of seasons, but it’s still going strong for Fall 2012.  Burberry styled a purple top with a bright red skirt for an intense pairing. Balenciaga mixed color-blocked leather with a reptilian-printed top.

– See more runway inspiration on the Destination Thrift Runway Inspiration Pinboard!

Ideas for Styling

Shoes are a quick and easy update to work this trend into your wardrobe.  Look for a kicky pair of heels in colors that complement your existing wardrobe.  I love heels in punchy colors – wearing that pop of color against a stark backdrop of opaque black tights or dark wash jeans creates a pretty and memorable look.

Cap toes are a popular trend for 2012, and this style can often be found in vintage shoes.  I’m dying to give the cap-toe heels DIY project a shot.

Even hair is getting a pop of color – hair “chalking” surged in popularity this summer and color streaks continue to be popular on social sites like Pinterest.

– See more styling inspiration on the Destination Thrift We ❤ Style Bloggers Pinboard!

Tips for Thrifting

Finding a great colorblock dress would be a great way to capture this trend, but all thrifters may not be so lucky.  Luckily, you can get the colorblocked effect by combining strong colors in your overall head-to-toe look.  Seek out bright colors in high-contrast shades, or go for a more subtle approach with muted and similar tones.  Consider thick stripes as a kind of blocking, or create blocks with solid colored scarves or belts.  It can be helpful to try to mix and match different tones in the store to make sure you’re getting a good color pairing.

How I Interpreted the Trend

Check out these major wedge heels by Michael Antonio – these are not thrifted, but I loved how the soft blush and natural cork demonstrate colorblocking with less edge.

Colorblocked pink-and-cork Michael Antonio Wedges

Michael Antonio wedges

I bought this red, white, and blue colorblocked dress from Salvation Army last December for just over $3.  I think it looks perfect for fall with a cozy matching cardigan and a wool beret.  Gives it a bit of French flair, non?

Colorblocked Red-White-Blue Dress with navy cardigan, navy beret, and gold pocketwatch

Charlotte Russe colorblocked dress

Patriotic colorblocking must be a personal trend – I thrifted this clutch in late August for $3.99.  I haven’t quite decided how to style it yet, but I’ll show it off anyway.


Colorblocked clutch

I love color and all the different ways to express is this season!  What’s your favorite way to work the color trend for Fall ’12?

Read about the other trends for Fall 2012:

  1. Oxblood
  2. Leather
  3. Velvet
  4. Florals
  5. Shiny & Sparkly
  6. Military-Inspired
  7. Menswear-Inspired
  8. Colorblocking & Pop of Color – reading now
  9. Prints
  10. Opulent / Baroque
  11. Hats
  12. Fur
4 Responses to “Fall 2012 Fashion Trends, Trend Eight: Colorblocking and Pop of Color”
  1. Rejoice For The Day says:

    I see this trend showing up everywhere and I really like it a lot, however, I am seriously lacking color in my current wardrobe – especially tops! Bright and bold may need to be higher up on my ‘looking for’ list of clothes. Love that dress you found, and it is so French 🙂

  2. Stchd says:

    Whoa, your shoe idea is awesome! I never even thought to do that, thank you!

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