While pastel colors charm everyone with their sweet, innocent, and adorable look, color blocking is more controversial. Some love it, some are intimidated by the bold and contrasting colors.
I personally think that color blocking is fun and full of personality. However, the bold colors can easily dwarf the small frame of a petite girl, and make it look like a pony threw up rainbow on her outfit.
It is not impossible for petite girls to wear color blocks though. Let’s take a look at some celebrity example and see how they work this trend. I found this article on type F with a slide show full of gorgeous petite ladies in color blocking outfits.
These are my favorite of the slide show:
What makes these outfit work for petite girls is that although the colors are very contrasting, they keep it relatively simple at only two or three colors at a times. The block are quite simple and defined. In Niecy Nash outfit, she wore high waisted pants, which are always flattering on petite ladies. The contrasting colors in her outfit only help to define her waist and lengthen her legs.
And these outfits are definitely more wearable than the runway version of color blocking:
Here are a few examples of color blocking outfits that I think work really well for petite women:
Overall, I think the secret to coordinating a color blocking outfit for Petite include the following tips:
– If bold colors are too overwhelming for you, try to coordinate colors of the similar tones like the Green and Blue dress of Kerry Washington above. Or use a bold color with a softer one, like the bright yellow and baby blue colors of Shay Mitchell’s outfit.
– Keep the number of the colors to two or three colors on your outfit. If you would like to mix and match more colors, try to work the other colors into your accessories instead.
– Use contrasting colors in a way that works with for your body. For example, wearing a jacket of contrasting colors with your top create an illusion of leaner waistline, like Shay Mitchell and Salma Hayek above. You can also combine the contrasting color blocks with high waisted pants/skirts like Kerry Washington and Niecy Nash to make your legs look longer.
So what do you think of color blocking trend and what is your favorite outfit?
Ready to work color blocking trend into your petite style? Check out my next post on Color Blocking Outfit Ideas 🙂