Trend to Try: Color Shocking

Never in forty-trazillion years would I {or anyone who knows me in real life} expect to be writing about anything color-related.

Not that long ago, I was a card-carrying neutral color wearer.

But I made it a goal of mine this year to start wearing more color, and thanks to finding tons of style inspiration on Pinterest, I’ve now become a card-carrying color shocker.

Color shocking is basically color blocking, but instead of 1 piece of your wardrobe being multi-colored, each individual piece is its own color.


The lovely Kendi of Kendi Everyday has done it splendidly here. This is a great look to ease you into color-shocking. Her top and scarf are gorgeous, bright shades, but her pants are a little more muted. A great option for a first go at it.

If you’re a little more daring, you can try a look from Frock Candy’s Color Shock Lookbook:

I know it doesn’t seem daring initially, because the blazer and top {although fabulous} are on the neutral side. But! Get down to the royal blue hi-lo hem skirt {another great trend} and those fabulous turquise pumps and a real statement is being made.

Want to color shock the pants off of someone? Why not try this look I put together:


So. Color Shocking. Love it? Hate it? Willing to try it? Do tell!

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About Jo-Lynne

Written by Jo-Lynne Shane, a professional lifestyle blogger, brand advocate and community manager. Named one of Nielsen’s 50 Most Influential Women in Social Media, Jo-Lynne is best known for her award-winning lifestyle blog, Musings of a Housewife, where she dishes up an assortment of food, fashion, fitness and family travel. She has been featured on, Southern Living Magazine, and in Cosmopolitan Magazine. In the local sphere, Jo-Lynne facilitates the vibrant networking group Philly Social Media Moms, providing community, support and education for 200 area bloggers. Jo-Lynne lives and works from home in the suburbs of Philadelphia with her husband of 17 years, three lively children and one extremely spoiled shih tzu named Savannah.


  1. I like the idea of color shocking with different items of clothing more than I do color blocking. When color blocking goes out of style you’ll still be able to wear your colored items individually, and you don’t have to buy anything new to try it!

  2. I LOVE everything in Kendi’s look!! Thanks for sharing her site!

  3. I love color blocked clothing but I think this is more versatile and fun.

    • it’s true! you can really play around with colors and have a lot of fun….

  4. I love color blocking, or color shocking. I rarely wear prints and love color – bright or pastel – and pairing them together any which way just makes my heart happy. 😉

    • yeah, i’m noticing that i’m lacking in pattern in my wardrobe now…but i do have solids, so color shocking it is for me! 🙂

  5. Great tutorial!

  6. judy h. says:

    I love color blocking but I doubt if I’d ever try it. I’m afraid I’d make a mistake and end up looking like spilled watercolors on the floor!

    • you can do it!!!! start small by picking just 2 colored pieces you know would work well together – purple and yellow, green and aqua, pink and red…..and pair them with a neutral or 2 that you’re comfortable with….you’re still color shocking, but you’re making it work for you…that’s what personal style is all about!

  7. Everyday Mom Style says:

    Like you, I have always been a bit ‘afraid’ of color- so I stuck to neutrals! However, over the past year I have been adding more and more color to my wardrobe- and to be honest, I really love it!