Bold colors may be in vogue right now, but if you are not comfortable stepping out in rainbow brights relax. There are ways to incorporate the season's bold colors without leaving your comfort zone. You can freshen up your style with color by following these tips.
Accessorize with pops of color
While I love the neon brights and other shocking summer hues, my wardrobe is mainly neutrals. With that said, I enjoy carrying an emerald green purse or wearing a pair of neon orange shoes with my khakis. The great thing about bold color is that a little goes a long way.
Tone with pastels
An interesting way to tone down shocking colors is to pair with a pastel. For example when a fire engine red dress is paired with pale blue the combination is fresh and less glaring. Orange can be toned down when worn with neutral shades of brown and you can also turn down the volume of loud colors with the pastel version of the same hue or with white or black.
Pave the way with prints
Prints can also act as a neutral against bold colors. For example, a small floral print top has a way of softening the effect of a pair of bright pink shorts. The unexpected combination of a feminine print with a modern color is a trendy way to build an outfit. Choose a lacy or ruffled piece for the same effect.Tone on tone
Instead of simply toning down a bold color with a pastel of the same, you can try a completely monochromatic look. Wearing red with hot pink and pastel pink is one way to jump into the colorful zone in a way that feels less glaring. The same could be done in shades of blue, orange, or green. There is something about the blend of colors that takes some of the steam out of a shocking hue.
Color blocking, with caution
While color blocking is a big trend, it can quickly cross into the realm of "What was she thinking?" Steer clear of certain combinations such as those that are too closely attached to a holiday, or sports team. Yellow and black as well as orange and black have distinct connotations that may be too much to overcome. Remember the three color rule; three colors look intentional, two can look accidental while four or five different brights together cross into rainbow clown territory!
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