We received a request from a reader asking us for ideas to incorporate “color-blocking” in modest clothing.  Here is our answer.

Color-blocking is a technique where colors from the complementary color scheme is used in a garment.  To understand any color scheme, one has to understand the color placement in a color wheel.

Complementary Color Scheme

Color Wheel from tigercolor.com

Colors that are opposite each other in the color wheel are the complementary colors.  For example, red and green, purple and green, orange and blue, yellow and blue, etc.

Complementary colors are tricky to use in large doses, but work well when you want something to stand out. — tigercolor.com

As you can see, color-blocking which highlights the complementary colors is a way to boldly attract the visual attention of the onlooker.  In terms of modesty, whose primary value to is to not flaunt but to conceal, color-blocking is not a viable application in modesty.

An alternative to color-blocking is to use what we call the Analogous Color Scheme.

Analogous Color Scheme

Analogous Color Scheme from tigercolor.com

This color scheme uses a triad of colors that are next to each other in the color wheel to produce a serene visual appeal.

Analogous color schemes are often found in nature and are harmonious and pleasing to the eye. — tigercolor.com

These colors are more suited for modesty as they are not loud and attention-seeking as their complementary color counterparts.

To answer our reader, we would suggest using colors that blend well to create a balanced and peaceful appearance.

Here are a few fabric ideas that we have incorporated into some of the designs from My Sloper.

Fabric Ideas for Box-pleated Blouse

Fabric Ideas for Box-pleated Blouse

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Fabric Ideas for a simple, modest belted dress.

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Fabric Ideas for a Belted Victorian-style Empire-Waist Dress

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Fabric Ideas for a Empire-waist Paneled Blouse

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Fabric Ideas for Drop-waist Pleated Tucks Dress


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