Posted by Sara Rowe Mount on April 19, 2016
So pumped for this weeks' guest post by Sara! She dispenses great tips about pulling off bright colors in your wardrobe below!
Sara Rowe Mount is a virtual assistant and writer who also blogs about self love, letting go of perfection, and her adventures as a newlywed at www.mrsimperfect.com. Once a believer that she was a little fashion challenged, she now is embracing getting out of her comfort zone in her wardrobe choices.
I have a confession to make. My closet is in stuck in winter mode year round. It features mostly black, gray, navy blue, and white, with an occasional alternate shade of my favorite color blue thrown in. Although it makes getting dressed easy, it does make me feel a little drab and dull.
With spring weather headed our way, it’s the perfect time to embrace some color in your wardrobe. But while neutrals are so classic and easy to pair, color on the other hand, could leave you looking like a piñata if you aren’t careful. So here’s how to wear bright colors:
Bright + Neutral
Start with one bright piece to add some pop to your wardrobe. Pair a beautiful top with a dress pant or jeans. Or pair a colorful skinny jean with one of your staple white or black tops.
This vibrant, flowy coral top with crochet accents can be easily dressed up or down. I found that it brightened both my wardrobe and my day, giving my mood a boost and my skin a glow.
Pair it with dark wash trouser jeans or dress pants, a sweater, and coordinating flats and you’re ready for a day at the office.
Ready for some weekend fun or drinks with the girls? Throw on some skinny jeans and a fun pair of sandals or flip-flops.
Let Patterns Be Your Guide
Can you wear two colors together without looking like you are a throwback to the psychedelic 60s or are styling a clown costume? Sure. A top or dress with two or three bright colors broken up into patterns, like this color blocked blouse, can be the solution if you are reluctant to go all out.
Pick a garment with colors that coordinate instead of compete. Some other ways to embrace multiple colors in one outfit? Play with shades of the same color in your clothing and accessories. Or wear a bright colored blouse or dress and introduce another color in your accessories, such as a purse or shoes, like I did with pink and green above.
Use accessories to give some pizazz to your neutral garments. Some bright heels or flats can add an element of surprise to your normal workday uniform or a little black dress.
It can be easy to pick handbags based on practicality and neutral tones such as black or brown tend to go with everything. But a bright bag can be versatile as well if it coordinates with the shades already in your wardrobe. I am loving shades of blue-green lately as you can see from my purse, and this fun spearmint wristlet caught my eye as a result.
Finishing touches such as jewelry, scarves, and belts can also go a long way towards brightening up an otherwise blah outfit. And you don’t have to go big or bold or chunky if you don’t want to. This delicate turquoise arrowhead necklace is a subtle splash of color against a white shirt.