Colorblock Party

All cheerleaders — regardless of size, shape or ability to cause permanent damage to your hearing — share one thing in common: they always look adorable.

The perpetual smile and face paint has a lot to do with it, I’m sure, but what I’m really referring to is their uniforms, specifically, the use of colorblock in their uniforms.

Michael Kors and Oscar de la Renta were among those designers who wisely incorporated colorblock dresses, skirts, blouses and even bathing suits into their Spring 09 collection. Think of colorblock as body make-up. A well-placed dark stripe that runs along the sides of a dress can turn wide hips into svelte ones; a brightly-colored bustline can make you look more Salma Hayek-like.

First, the masters:

Oscar de la Renta Spring 09

Oscar de la Renta Spring 09

Michael Kors Spring 09

Michael Kors Spring 09

Now the inspired:

Forever 21 Colorblock Top — $8.80

Forever 21

Forever 21

On the mod side: INC International Concepts Color Block Dress — $59.00

INC International

INC International

Urban Outfitters Colorblock Ruffle Dress — $88.00

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

The Rogen Dress in Orange Dresses By BB Dakota — $82.00

The Rogen Dress

The Rogen Dress

This Johnny Martin dress accentuates the bust, highlights curves and minimizes hips — $51.75

Johnny Martin

Johnny Martin

Vera Wang Colorblock Sweater Dress — $149.00

Vera Wang

Vera Wang

Two Tone Color Block Dress — $19.99

Two Tone Colorblock Dress

Two Tone Colorblock Dress

Lime in the middle and a cool pleated neckline: Sangria Colorblock Dress — $80.00

Sangria

Sangria

Calvin Klein Colorblock Dress — $128.00

Calvin Klein

Calvin Klein

Tommy Bahama Women’s Mimosa Knit Color Block Dress On Sale — $77.00

Tommy Bahama

Tommy Bahama

The turquoise hearts on the bodice kill me: Rebecca Beeson Heart Print Color Block Dress in Teal — $149.00

Rebecca Beeson

Rebecca Beeson

Two dresses by Go Jane and Max & Cleo that will do more for your bustline than most miracle bras:

Max & Cleo Strapless Color-blocked Dress On Sale — $110.99

Max & Cleo

Max & Cleo

Go Jane Colorblock Ruffle Halter Shift Dress — $22.50

Go Jane

Go Jane

Candy cane stripes:

Forever 21 Knotted Colorblock Dress — $19.80

Forever 21

Forever 21

French Connection Sizzle Stripe Skirt — $98.00

French Connection

French Connection

Max & Cleo Strapless Color-blocked Dress On Sale — $110.99

Max & Cleo

Max & Cleo

Modcloth.com sangfroid stripes dress — $43.00

Modcloth.com

Modcloth.com

From top to bottom:

London Times Colorblock Dress — $80.00

London Times

London Times


Kensie
Silk Shantung Striped Sleeveless Dress — $118.00

Kensie

Kensie

Maggy London Ruffle Colorblock Dress — $138.00

Maggy London

Maggy London

Laundry by Shelli Segal Women’s Mockneck Colorblocked Ponté Dress — $127.50

Laundry by Shelli Segal

Laundry by Shelli Segal

Newport News Tiered Colorblock Dress — $54.00

Newport News

Newport News

Brown Color Block Maxi Dresses by Khaki Krew — $92.00

Khaki Krew

Khaki Krew

The Fifi Block Dress — $108.00 I stared at this dress for a long while. Then closed the window, reopened the window and kept staring, trying to decide if I’d wear this or not. Hmm..trying not to let the model’s dead eyes influence my decision…The Fifi Block Dress — $108.00

The Fifi Block Dress

The Fifi Block Dress

Size Small Ladies: Get your dose of Marc Jacobs. This Jersey Color Block Dress has been marked down from $450.00 to $78.00

Marc Jacobs

Marc Jacobs

Donna Morgan Colorblock Dress — $69.00

Donna Morgan

Donna Morgan

Aqua Women’s 3/4 Sleeve Scoop Neck Dress with Stripe Details: Exclusively at Bloomingdale’s Sale — $51.00

Aqua Women

Aqua Women

Daisy Lowe would def wear this: Betsy Johnson Colorblock Dress in Black — $150.00

Betsy Johnson

Betsy Johnson

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