color blocking

noun

Definition of color blocking

: the use of usually bold and bright blocks of color in clothing design
  • Color blocking is making bold style statements through the combination of relatively large areas of two to three solid colors.
  • —Betsy DiJulio, The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk, Virginia)5 Jan. 2013
  • Designers are incorporating color blocking and … neons into swimwear.
  • —Holly LeberThe Chattanooga (Tennessee) Times Free Press16 Apr. 2012

color-blocked

or color-block adjective
    • … loose color-blocked pairings like a midcalf magenta skirt worn with a long cobalt tank.
    • Harper's BazaarNovember 2010
    • A guy in a suit and yellow V-neck sweater with a color-block scarf flung over his shoulder waits for his order …
    • —Devra FirstThe Boston Globe9 Mar. 2014

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First Known Use of color blocking

1927


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