Easier than Bulking: Color Blocking

After working in fashion for a while you learn that oftentimes illusions are far more powerful than reality. Trompe-l’œil is a tool unlike any other, whether it be with makeup or clothing. One such trick is a favorite of mine, color blocking.

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Color blocking can serve to accent things you like, just as it can be used to hide things you dislike. Carefully picking where and how you place color is critical. Here, the shirt is pretty basic. Nothing fancy, just a button up. The color blocking detail on top, however, serves to accent the shoulders and make things look a little bit broader than they actually are. Oh hey, handsome. Moreover, the point where the color blocking stops is right at the beginning of the torso, serving to highlight the difference between the two. AKA big broad shoulders, and a skinnier looking torso. No need for photoshop!

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Throw on a pair of skinny jeans, and the look is complete. I rounded out the look with my favorite pair of oxblood shoes from Bally. They’re refined and streamlined, but the subtle details make them stand out upon closer inspection.

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Photos courtesy Kristin Booker for Giafrese

Jeff Smith

Jeff started in photography and short format video, and he's been at the forefront of the web tv movement. He’s worked on haute couture shoots in Paris, shot street style in Milan, and is currently developing a steady roster of beauty, fashion, and digital clients in NYC.