How to Color-Block at Work

There are some trends that, no matter how much you love them, just aren't office-appropriate—short shorts, stomach-baring crop tops, shredded jeans—but most trends can be worked into a more professional outfit. And color-blocking is one of them! You can color block with solid separates like a red pencil skirt and pink blouse or you can work a color-blocked piece like a dress or shoe into your outfit for easy style. Check out some of our favorite ways to liven up your work wardrobe with color-blocked pieces.

Color-Block Dresses
You can easily fake a color-blocked look with a top and skirt in contrasting colors, but there are so many more possibilities with a color-block dress. Any sophisticated shape in a color-block pattern can be worn to work. If you always wear neutrals, look for a color-block dress in timeless black and white. Can't get enough color? Then go for a bold color-block dress in contrasting blues! Just be sure that when you're color-blocking with the same color family, the hues are different enough that it doesn't look awkward. Keep the look simple with coordinating pumps and gold earrings or add chic details like an arm full of bangles or cool cutout booties.



Color-Block Shirts
T-shirt, blouse, tank—the options when it comes to color-block shirts are equally endless. You’re probably starting to see why we love this trend and its versatility! Look for a color-block shirt in your favorite shade or in a color that you have a lot to wear with. Pair a color-block long-sleeve T-shirt with a pretty pencil skirt for a comfortable yet polished work look or a color-block blouse with dark-wash skinny jeans for a not-too-casual Friday outfit.



Color-Block Skirts
Color-block skirts are perfect for pairing with patterned or colorful shirts for a fun, sophisticated outfit. No matter what shape you prefer—pencil skirt, midi skirt, full skirt—these options are all neutral enough that you can wear them often. They’re also cute enough to wear out of the office, too! Pair one with a soft white tee and blazer for work, then ditch the blazer and add a statement necklace for happy hour or a denim jacket for an easy, stylish weekend outfit.



Color-Block Shoes
Towering high heels, strappy sandals, loafers—whatever your style (or office dress code) a pair of color-block shoes will add a nice pop of color to any outfit. Be careful with double color-block though—you don't want to look like you tried to match every item in your outfit. Pair the pumps with a shift dress and yellow tote or the neutral brogues with cropped jeans and a white blouse for a casual, menswear-inspired look.


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