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Celebrity-inspired color-blocking trends

Kristin Chessman is a freelance writer, editor and mom from Southern California with a passion for travel, fashion, Disney, the beach, Italian food and all-things celebrity. Follow Kristin on Twitter @KristinChessman.

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When it comes to color blocking, celebrities aren’t afraid to take fashion risks and experiment with fun color combos. And why shouldn’t they? With the help of stylists and an enormous clothing budget, the possibilities are endless when it comes to fashion. But in the real world, pulling together this look can be a daunting task. Read on to find out what color blocking is and how you, too, can pull it off.
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What is color blocking?

By now, you’ve heard and read about the popularity of the color-blocking trend. But do you know what it actually is?

The main idea behind color blocking is combining colors that both complement and support each other. When you look at the color wheel, complementary colors are directly opposite each other.

For a simple lesson in color blocking, check out this video from blogger Kitty Cotten.

Fabulous color-block combos

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Feeling daring? Pair red and pink (just like Brooklyn Decker) or teal and orange (just like Jessica Alba) for a colorful fashion statement.

Steal Brooklyn’s look with this red Woven Maxi Skirt from Loehmann’s ($40). Top it off with this bright pink cotton tee from Victoria’s Secret ($25).

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To achieve Jessica’s look, shop for bright orange skinny chinos like these from ($133), then pair them with a comfy teal V-neck T-shirt like this one from ($85).

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Another cute summer combo? Combine orange and magenta for a hot summer look, just like this ensemble worn by actress Chelsea Kane. These saturated, warm hues complement each other perfectly.

Steal Chelsea’s look by nabbing these fuchsia Wide-Leg Ponte Pants from ($59). Pair them with a bright orange ruffled tank from Old Navy ($15) for sizzlin’ summer style.

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Ashley Tisdale shows off her color-blocking style with the combination of two contrasting brights -- tangerine (a must-have color for summer!) and teal. Ashley balances her bold look with simple makeup, hair and accessories.

To get a look like Ashley’s, try this sweet but sexy color block dress from ($70).

Keep accessories neutral

Now that you understand the basics of color blocking, it’s important to know when you’re taking the trend too far. Instead of introducing multiple colors from head to toe, keep your outfit balanced by opting for neutral accessories. Look for nude pumps and simple jewelry to better showcase your color-blocked ensemble. Or, if you choose to wear a color-blocked shoe, keep the rest of your outfit simple.

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A bold, color-blocked shoe can complete an unforgettable outfit and make a strong impression, like this one worn by Louise Roe.

Add a color-blocked shoe to your summer closet with the Kimchi Blue Colorblock Strappy Heel from Urban Outfitters. It’s sure to turn heads thanks to its reasonable price (on sale for $20) and its fun, flirty colors. Opt for the multi-colored pair or the more demure color combination of beige, brown, gray and black.

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