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Turning Heads Linkup – Feeling the Winter Blues? Wear Colors-Trying Color Blocking

Good Morning Friends,

I have to say I find winter to be a tough time of year. The warm heat in the Spring and Summer shining down has a positive effect on my muscles. Heat relaxes and has a calming feeling for me. In the Winter, I feel the joints in my hands stiffen and more knots seem prevelant, causing pain and stiffness in my body. I have mentioned the possibility of having SAD ( seasonal Affective Disorder) but have never checked on it with my doctor. I know this is not the only solution, but wearing bright colors or many colors can help your frame of mind. Instead of reaching for the black, grey, dark tones we might gravitate toward this time of year, try mixing bright colors or try color blocking.

I guess I have felt my creative juices flowing a bit lately, ( with the exception of binge watching Black Mirror on Netflix) and part of my goals this year was to try new things in fashion. What’s the worst that can happen? Anyway, dressing can be an art, and I have always felt more on the artistic side, with music and my love of fashion/color.

Now on to Color Blocking. Color blocking is not a new trend, but rather, it is thought to be originated by artist. Color-blocking is thought of as the exploration of taking colors that are opposites on the color wheel and pairing them together to make interesting and complementary color combinations.[1] It is commonly associated in fashion as a trend that originated from the artwork of Dutch painter, Piet Mondrian.” *credit-Wikipedia

Piet Mondrian’s art work was paintings using “stark lines and flat squares’, and was later used as inspiration for YSL’s designs. taking off in the 1960s.”It wasn’t long before this new trend was reaching as far as London; the youth of London began wearing ensembles that would come to be known as mod fashion.[Mod fashion much resembled the artistic style of Piet Mondrian; mismatched, solid color separates that were composed of blocks in different hues.”*Wiki

This “block” of blue-green teal – from my coat, found for a steal of $75 during the Mango Sale.  I love the clean lines, one button and structured look. Plus its lighter, but warm enough for NC winters.

Typically, with color blocking you may want to keep your accessories neutral, in this case i broke up the look with a jaquard floral pattern.  Zara bag from last season. Look closely, I am wearing nude fishnet tights! 🙂

This gold-mustard dress with puffy sleeves and large gold buttons caught my eye. Zara ( last year)

Have you tried color blocking? Does wearing more color in the winter months improve your mood?.


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Outfit details

teal coat-Mango ( on sale!)

Gold dress- last season ( Zara) love this!

red booties- bought for $30 on Zara sale, ( out of stock, like these)



Most clicked Lisa of Coast to Coast blog

Pinterest Pic- Jennie of Pocketful of Polkadots

  • barrettadeb
    Posted at 10:39h, 03 February Reply

    I love wearing color Jess ❤ This color combination is perfect on you. I love it. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  • Roxanne Birnbaum
    Posted at 15:55h, 02 February Reply

    Color blocking is a great idea! I’ve been having the winter blues, and looking forward to fun springy colors definitely helps. I need to check out Black Mirror!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:13h, 04 February Reply

      Thank you Roxanne! I know, I find the winter difficult. i am ready for some spring colors. Yes, it is so interesting! xx

  • Kelsey bang
    Posted at 17:06h, 01 February Reply

    loving those earrings! looking super chic!

  • curlycraftymom
    Posted at 14:09h, 01 February Reply

    I love color blocking and love this little background you shared on it with us! 🙂 These colors are just GORGEOUS together. I also love the neutral fish net hose, I didn’t catch that until you shared the closer up photo.


  • Amy Christensen
    Posted at 12:49h, 31 January Reply

    I haven’t gotten much into color blocking, but you make it look so easy. I may have to try this. I know what you mean about the warmer weather being better for the muscles and so on. I just got a massage on Monday. My shoulder and neck are so full of knots, partly from computer work, but partly from hunching my shoulders against the cold! I am so looking forward to spring!! – Amy

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:14h, 01 February Reply

      Thank you Amy! I am looking forward to spring. I know part of my knots are due to working on the computer as well. A massage is relaxing for me, but i need dry needling to rid me of the knots. :-)xx

  • Jennie
    Posted at 11:14h, 31 January Reply

    Oh, how I love these colors together! So very striking and a wonderful way to brighten up a dull winter day. The sleeves on your dress are so fun and I really like the addition of the nude fishnets. Thank you very much for the feature. It was such a pleasant surprise. 🙂

  • Celia M. High Heeled Life
    Posted at 09:51h, 31 January Reply

    LOVE! LOVE! this post .. yes using our wardrobe to brighten our day (mood) , especially during the gloomy days of winter is a good idea. Winter is a difficult time for me.. physically and emotionally … I fill my home with fresh cut flowers as well …

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:16h, 01 February Reply

      Thank you Celia! Yes, it is tough for me each year. Sorry to hear you go through the same. This is one way to help… :-)xx

  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt
    Posted at 08:22h, 31 January Reply

    What a gorgeous outfit! Hope you are well!

  • Ruth
    Posted at 17:06h, 30 January Reply

    The color combo in this outfit is perfect! I love it!


  • thestylesplash
    Posted at 16:55h, 30 January Reply

    What a beautiful colour combination Jess! I love your dress, the style is so elegant. Those velvet boots just finish off the outfit perfectly! Thanks for linking up, hope you have a great week!

    Emma xxx

  • Rosie Holtzman
    Posted at 15:05h, 30 January Reply

    Oh snap!! I joined in your colorblocking escapades by coincidence!!! Great minds think alike.

  • Nancy
    Posted at 14:30h, 30 January Reply

    I love Piet Mondriaan! Love color blocking! Great colors Jess and what a beautiful brooche is that!

  • Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels
    Posted at 12:02h, 30 January Reply

    I would have never thought to pair these colors together! I love the color of the coat, I’m so drawn to anything with a deep tone! Beautiful outfit!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 12:10h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you Laura! The coat was a steal on Mango and i couldn’t resist the color either. xx

  • Jacket Society
    Posted at 11:23h, 30 January Reply

    I love coats over dresses Jess and yours looks fab. What a beautiful color combo! and both colors look great on you. Love the pin too, gives it such a retro look. Amazing look my friend 🙂

  • Laura
    Posted at 10:49h, 30 January Reply

    I love these colors together! That jacket is fabulous on you!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you Laura! It was such a good deal and i loved the color! xx

  • Meagan Brandon
    Posted at 10:28h, 30 January Reply

    How fun are your booties?! You look fabulous!


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:08h, 30 January Reply

      Hi Meagan! Thank you. They were a steal and I enjoy wearing them for sure 😉 xx

  • richardson4lisa
    Posted at 10:15h, 30 January Reply

    Eeeekkkk! I was so excited to get a shout out, Jess! Thanks for being such a great “hostess”. Okay, so I love the mustard and teal. What a gorgeous combo. The brocade bag is perfect for tying it all together and the fishnets in nude are a fun texture. Beautiful friend! XO

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:10h, 30 January Reply

      hi Lisa!
      Happy to feature you! i had this dress for awhile and when I saw it up against my new coat, I thought.. color blocking! Glad you enjoyed it xx

  • Northwest Mountain Living
    Posted at 09:29h, 30 January Reply

    I’m with you and love rich colors especially this time of the year. The colors in your post are amazing! And the ones you put together could not be more perfect. Love it!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:11h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you Cheryl! I do love my neutrals, but need more color in this wintery season! xx

  • shelbeeontheedge1
    Posted at 09:15h, 30 January Reply

    Jess, this color combination is brilliant! I love this look from head to toe!


  • Jodie
    Posted at 09:08h, 30 January Reply

    I’m so glad you enjoy color like I do, Jess!! This pairing is so, so pretty!!

  • smithsuzanne2014
    Posted at 09:08h, 30 January Reply

    Love it all…the coat, the dress, the booties, but especially the fishnets! I never would have thought of that! Thanks also for the history of color blocking! Your posts are always so interesting and you are always beautiful!

  • polishedwhimsy
    Posted at 09:08h, 30 January Reply

    I’m pretty sure I have SAD too. It starts the week of daylight savings time. But I already start feeling better right about now when I notice the days getting a tad lighter (hey if I see a bit of daylight as I leave work, I am pleased!). But I also feel like a colorful fun outfit helps (hence my entire blog, lol)! I like to have fun with color and color blocking sometimes. I added a link to my red and pink color block from last year. It’s still one of my favorites!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:20h, 30 January Reply

      Sorry to hear! I know it can be tough. This is when i start to get down, but you are right.. its getting a bit lighter out and seeing sun certainly helps. i look forward to seeing you color blocked outfit. Yes, I have a more colorful wardrobe and love it. xx

  • Shauna
    Posted at 08:53h, 30 January Reply

    Oh, I just LOVE that teal coat, Jess! What a perfect color for your hair too 🙂 You always look great in those rich jeweled tones!



  • Amy Johnson
    Posted at 08:53h, 30 January Reply

    I absolutely LOVE these colors together! And those booties are fabulous! I love the look of sock booties, but they would be so impractical for my Wisconsin climate.

  • Nina
    Posted at 07:55h, 30 January Reply

    I love your choice of color Jess! Perfect for you and amazing palette! I totally love the whole look—you look amazing as always!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:34h, 14 February Reply

      Thank you Nina! This coat caught my eye and it is the perfect coat for nc weather ! xx

  • Carrie
    Posted at 06:43h, 30 January Reply

    I’m actually wearing this color combo today minus the pop of red, which by the way is perfection!

  • Maureen
    Posted at 06:36h, 30 January Reply

    Yes there is no denying the Winter blues are harsh but definitely tougher this year with the colder than usual temperature and flu virus wreaking havoc across the country, But I do agree with you that color or colors are a good way to beat the blues, the blacks and even the greys! It has such a powerful effect on the mind and somehow really changes the attitude. Amazing! I love how you color blocked your outfit. I like each item individually but together I love it more. It goes so well together! I have heard of Mango but haven’t quite shopped there. I shall go and peruse…

    Maureen | http://www.littlemisscasual.com

  • awayfromtheblue
    Posted at 06:33h, 30 January Reply

    I love the mustard dress and teal coat together, perfect colour blocking! I like to wear bright accessories in winter too, it’s a nice way to add some cheer to dull days! 🙂

    Thank you for the link up!

    Hope that you are having a nice start to your week so far! It’s been a bit crazy here! 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  • Pam Greer
    Posted at 06:24h, 30 January Reply

    I love this concept!! I especially love those boots!

  • stinedurfdl
    Posted at 05:38h, 30 January Reply

    Those boots are definitely the perfect pop of color to cheer a girl up on a dreary Winter day!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:13h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you Deb, they are so fun to wear! xx

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 04:36h, 30 January Reply

    I don’t even know where to start because I like everything so much – the beautiful color of your coat first caught my eye and then those booties (love). But then the dress – the color is so pretty on you but the cut is DIVINE. And I do love your bag and fishnets!
    I’m hoping it warms up soon, I can only imagine what that super cold weather does to you. Come on down to Florida – we’re usually toasty warm! On Sunday I was chilly but we drove past a waterpark at Universal Studios and there were lines of people in bathing suits going down water slides! I guess it’s all perspective but when it dips under 70 here I am chilly!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:12h, 30 January Reply

      Thank you Kellyann! I needed to wear lots of color as I do get tired of grey and cold! yes, it is harder on my joints, I do need a vacation somewhere warm in these months! wow, water slides and swim suits! xx

  • Jill James
    Posted at 03:38h, 30 January Reply

    Well done Jess, great colour blocking- the teal and mustard so very good together.

  • Vanity And Me Style
    Posted at 02:33h, 30 January Reply

    These colours look great together Jess. I’m thinking about trying some Mustard, and I already love Teal.
    Laurie xx

  • Is This Mutton?
    Posted at 02:26h, 30 January Reply

    Fantastic colors that look so good together!

  • Tiina L
    Posted at 02:13h, 30 January Reply

    Great color blocking! This slightly mustard yellow looks so good on you.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:39h, 31 January Reply

      Thank you Tiina! i just loved the color ! xx

  • Julie
    Posted at 02:10h, 30 January Reply

    I love this entire look Jessica! I often wish I was more bold with my color/pattern choices, but I’m just not!😫 I sure do love colorful looks when I see them!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:38h, 31 January Reply

      Thank you Julie! I love experimenting! xx

  • terrigardner1
    Posted at 01:12h, 30 January Reply

    I love Mondrian and always did a lesson on him with elementary. I still would like to have a Yves St. Laurent Mondrian inspired dress. I do more color blocking than print wearing. Love your choice of colors-a good remedy for winter days.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 11:31h, 06 February Reply

      Thats great Terri! I bet the kids found it interesting! Glad you enjoyed the post! I need some brightness on winter days! xx

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