Power Palettes: How to Colour Block

When it comes to our autumnal wardrobes, often we’re tempted to stick to the comforting, familiar shades of navy, grey and oxblood that are oh-so-synonymous with the season. This year though, things have played out a little differently. We’re championing bold red over oxblood, favouring royal blue, not navy, and outfits of all-over ochre.


We know that head-to-toe colour blocking isn’t without its potential pitfalls. There’s the possibility of looking too flat, too loud or too childish. But, when done correctly, a colour-blocked outfit can inject some much-needed cheer into our sartorial routine.

Take tips on how to max out your colour spectrum with tips from Anthropologie’s own stylist, Peggy S and Anthropologie’s PR Assistant and colour aficionado Sherin Awad. Give it a try—and leave the navy and oxblood for another season.


Make it Mulberry

“Mulberry (the colour, I mean), strikes just the right balance of blending in and showing off. Here we have host of textures—a silk shirt, shearling jacket, patent boots and a felt hat—that are just begging to be shown off on a grey autumn day.


“The navy and purple pinstripe trousers just go to prove that a colour block look doesn’t have to be achieved strictly with all one shade.”


Red Alert

“Nothing says, ‘I have arrived’ like head-to-toe red. And while it’s not a look for the faint-of-heart, it’s a playful one that can be put together almost effortlessly. Here, we’ve softened the impact a little with a ruffled jumper and lifted the look with heels—essential if you want to avoid looking like a postbox.


“Add a slick of red lipstick to go the extra mile.”


It Was All Yellow

“I think print play is essential when you’re experimenting with yellow. Otherwise you run the risk of looking dated. I love these dark yellow, patterned silk trousers. They help to talk-down the jumper, which is a bit of statement all on its own.


“The leopard print moment on the bag is a nice surprise, and breaks up all the yellow.”


Feeling Blue

“There’s a danger with all-blue falling a bit flat—but not so with this skirt. Movement and silky pleating is the secret.


“Pair with velvet boots to look instantly put-together, and stash any non-blue accessories away in a blue bag.”


Brown Study

“It goes without saying that this teddybear coat is the star of this look, but when it’s combined with the conversational, animal-themed print on the blouse, well, that’s when I get the warm fuzzies.


“Take pointers from Sherin here, and approach the colour block theme in a textural way: this look includes both borg elements and suede-on-suede below the belt.”


Pink Lady

“This look reminds me of those strawberry and cream sweets. Yum. And when a look makes you think ‘yum’, you know you’re onto a winner.


“I love the modern-meets-girlie vibe that comes with pairing tough cord with an ultra-femme knit. Matching suede shoes are the perfect excuse to keep your toes out in September.”

Discover shoes, bags and clothes in every colour of the rainbow here.