Spring 2017 is calling on all of us to allot some of our closet real estate to bright colors. I'm a lover of neutrals. My closet is 90% beige, black, white and grey. If you're a neutral lover like me, you'll discover Spring's bright colors are the perfect way to perk up your wardrobe. Update your look with one or two new pieces and you'll be surprised at the possibilities.
Brights for Men
For men especially, the idea of wearing bright orange, green or pink pants can seem daunting. It's easier than you think. The key is to anchor one bold item with neutrals.
In the example above, I've paired a fiery orange chino trouser from Banana Republic with a more conservative, light button down from Gitman.
While you could go for brown or beige accessories, I chose black for an edgier, more masculine feel. I believe STRONGLY in mixing neutrals--including mixing metals which is why I have a silver Fendi belt and a Gold MVMT watch. It's also why I've gone with a Ted Baker messenger bag in Black and Grey. It provides more visual interest and looks less "dress by the numbers". It also allows you more permission to play with your existing wardrobe.
The Cole Haan Loafers are something that's probably already in most's mens' closets. In fact--that's the point of this look. Adding one orange pant, you can make many outfits out of your neutral button-downs, dress shoes, belts, watches and bags.
Brights for Women
As with menswear, I prefer to anchor a declarative color with a flurry of sturdy neutrals. These aren’t your standard basics though. This look is for the irreverent woman with a taste for luxury and an eye for edge.
The Iro Jacket in grey is a great wardrobe staple--tamping down the frilliness of the pink pleated skirt. The black and white tank is another piece that could be made ultra feminine, but here we balance the romance with the cool-girl-casual vibe of the Guiseppe Zanotti Sneakers.
These are guidelines for those who want advice on confidently wearing bright colors. Style has no rules--a ton of women look fabulous in high-contrast, multi-color outfits. It's up to you--that's why it's an art and not a science.
I'm Jaquelyn Wahidi. I'm a personal fashion stylist, writer, and entrepreneur in San Diego. My style blog features practical fashion advice for women everywhere. Addicted to blazers since 2004.