The other day, a lady sat in front of me wearing two barrettes, each a color block of black and fuchsia. Immediate thoughts: it's dated and I'd never wear that. But after staring at them for a while (because my stop was a ways off), my eye started to focus less on the colors and more on the design. Color blocking--both ancient and contemporary, has been a repeated part of fashion time and time again. I'm sure there are many reasons why but I'll take a gamble and suggest its maintained relevance is due in part to the duality it suggests-- that you don't have to choose just one, you can really have it all. Once the thought crossed my mind, I gained a new attraction to the barrette, the colors didn't seem to clash anymore and I was mentally ticking off places where I could find a similarly (retro) styled piece.