Pretty & Plus-Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

colorblock vittorio zunino zuletto getty images Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

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One of the hottest trends on the runway for spring 2011 was outrageous, vivacious colorblocking. Huge in the ’60s, colorblocking can be done with a few hues or tons of colors, but the best way to color block is to combine compatible shades with a completely different punch color.

This look is super flattering for the larger lady because expert colorblocking takes emphasis away from certain parts of your body, creating different lines and dimensions.

We’ve put together 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees–and pretty much anywhere else in your life where you need an injection of color!

Look: Orange You Glad You Didn’t Go Bananas

Orange, tans, and yellows punctuated with a hot pink watch make take a girlie pleated dress to a super sporty level.

Orange and Tan colorblock dress from ASOS:

asos colorblock short Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Fuchsia studs from Topshop:

fuschia studs Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Orange and hot pink Juicy Couture watch:

hotpinkjuicywatch Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Fendi colorblock sandal:

fendi colorblock gossgrain sandal Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Bright yellow nail polish from OPI:

brightyellownailpolish Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Look: Desert Sunrise

With soft, muted colors that evoke a Southwestern sunrise, the vibrant yellow punch color will mimic the bright, endearing sunlight of the desert.

Olivia Moon olive colorblock dress:

nordstrom colorblock maxi dress Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Kate Spade shiny yellow tote:

kate spade yellow Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Jil Sander yellow and silver wedge sandals:

jill sander yellow silver sandal Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Turquoise earrings from Suzanna Dai Palm Springs:

turqouise earrings Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Rhinestone and turquoise ring from Topshop:

rhinestoneturquoisering Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

OPI coral shimmer nail polish:

opicoralnailpilish Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Look: Truly, Truly, Truly Outrageous

Like a character from an ’80s cartoon, this colorblocking look shuns all rules about what colors go with what. Who needs rules anyway?

Royal blue and coral colorblock dress from ASOS:

asos colorblock dress Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Dooney & Burke colorblock crossbody:

dooneyburkecrossbody Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Lime silk wishbone necklace from Max & Chloe:

limesilkwishbone Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Mina hot pink wooden wedge sandal:

mina hot pink sandal Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Scented lime nail polish from Forever 21:

scentedlimenailpolish Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Look: Pump Up The Jam

This look is perfect for a liberal office setting with a slightly conservative black and white pencil dress accented by some bold heels, chunky jewelry, and a funky hot pink wicker purse.

Black and white pencil dress from Little Woods:

littlewoods black and white dress Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Yellow ring with zipper:

yellow ring1 Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Marc Jacobs colorblock bangle:

marcjacobscolorblockbangle Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Charlotte Olympia colorblock satin pumps:

charlotte olympia colorblock satin pumps Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Kate Spade hot pink wicker bag:

katespadebag Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Look: Art School Girlfriend

This young, fresh look combines coral high-waisted shorts with a loose fitting sheer-backed tunic tee, some expensive wedges, and an arts & craft appeal. The perfect brunch outfit for the art school girl with her rock ‘n roll boyfriend.

Coral linen high-waisted shorts:

asos linen coral shorts Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Navy & Pink sheer-backed colorblock dress from Forever 21:

forever21 colorblock Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Multi-textured bright beaded necklace from Yoox:

brigthbeadednecklaceyoox Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

OPI Greenwich Village Nail Polish:

opigreennailpolish Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

Lanvin wood and nude ballet wedge:

lanvin nude heel Pretty & Plus Size: 5 Cheerful Colorblock Styles Perfect For Summer Soirees

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