What Is Maternity Wear Colour Blocking

The words “Colour Block” are HUGE in the fashion world right now. We’re seeing it in summer clothes – the bright oranges, purples, blues, emeralds, corals, pinks and yellows and we’re also going to see it in the Autumn/Winter ’12 maternity wear collections, but in muted tones of taupe, red, white, cream and brown and of course winter’s essential hue, black. Apricot is also on the cards and will be teamed back with black.

So, what exactly does colour blocking mean, and more importantly, how can you introduce it to your existing maternity wardrobe? Let me explain…

Colour blocking essentially means wearing two or more blocks of colour in the same outfit. It’s a great way to experiment with fashion and equally fantastic if you LOVE wearing colours – see the picture below:

BUT, colour blocking doesn’t have to be limited to brights. As mentioned earlier, the winter season trends involve a lot of neutral tones mixed with black and white and camel, thereby giving a much more understated approach. This works particularly well if you are conscious of being more conservative at the office or if you simply aren’t a bright colour person (like me…who can only pull-off bright pink!). We’ve provided some images from the internet….hopefully they will give you an idea of what styles/colour schemes to expect next season.

You love the concept of colour blocking but aren’t 100% convinced you can rock your pregnant bump in it? We suggest starting with a little and introduce more as you become comfortable. If you refer to the image of actress Natalie Portman in image 3 above, she is looking very elegant in a white maternity dress with black bust and shoulder detail. It’s understated and chic, but keeps with the trend. Claudia Schiffer in the 4th image (centre) is running errands in black leggings, ankle boots and a very comfortable looking stripe tunic. This is a PERFECT way to wear the trend, keeping the look chic and stylish and is an outfit that can be worn post pregnancy. You simply cannot go wrong with black and white.