PUT AWAY THE KHAKIS. Give your dark denim a rest. Color has never been more ubiquitous. The trick is figuring out how to make it work within your wardrobe. Perhaps it’s one vivid jolt, or maybe you’re the type that can layer color on color. Classic, sporty, or total girly-girl—here are fresh ways to go bright.
It’s impossible to stay neutral on the subject of fashion this spring. Stores are blooming with color, and what could be more uplifting than trading the grays for a shot of orange, hot pink, electric blue, or—why not?—all three?
The Pantone Color Institute forecasted this bright, bold turn by declaring Tangerine Tango the color of 2012. The spirited red-orange hue is said to trigger energy and confidence. We’ll take it in a bag. And a shoe.
• Stripe silk blouse ($264), by Stacey Bendet, from Houndstooth • Skinny jeans ($108), by Sold Design Lab, from Herberger’s • Tote ($395), by Diane von Furstenberg, from Neiman Marcus • Oxfords ($49.95), from Gap • Print Scarf ($79), by Sir Alistair Rai, from Bumbershute • Bangles ($8.80/set of six) and Bracelet ($4.80), both from Forever 21
There is a spectrum between pale and neon, and that’s where you’ll find your palette. Delicate pieces look especially fresh in color. Yes, you can be pretty in green.
Polka dots on sheer fabric—it’s the best of spring trends rolled into one darling blouse. >>
A handbag is a great place to work in that essential pop of orange. Carry it with almost anything in your wardrobe (except black!). >>
• Sweater ($835), by Nina Ricci, from Neiman Marcus • Polka Dot Blouse($36), by Andree, from Parc Boutique • Flare Jeans ($177), by Work Custom Jeans, from Bumbershute • Espadrille ($185), by Betty Muller, from Pumpz & Co. • Tangerine Tote ($348), by Michael Michael Kors, from Herberger’s • Watch ($65), by Betsey Johnson, from Herberger’s • Coral Bangles ($20 each), by Fornash Bangles, from Melly
Get the look:
PRETTY AS A PEARL• Even classics look great with a splash of color. Pearl and turquoise neckace ($225), by Kenneth Jay Lane, from Melly
NAIL IT• Just when your eye adjusted to black nail polish, it's time to bring back color. No. 52 nail polish ($1.99), by Sinful Colors, from Target
WRAP IT UP• A lightweight scarf can be a colorful finishing touch. Scarf ($235), by Faliero Sarti, from N'etc.
Our on-the-go lifestyle becomes trendy as active apparel enjoys a season in the spotlight. You’ll see workout clothes that look like streetwear and street clothes— even dresses—with sporty touches. What makes this look is lots of crazy color.
Beauty Tip: When there’s no time to sweat it out, highlight your best features with an illuminator, such as Aveda’s Enbrightenment Brightening Correcting Serum ($50). >>
A sleek ponytail is perfectly stylish on the go. >>
Matching is totally overrated. Mix it up! >>
• Stripe shirt ($106), by Bailey 44, from Neiman Marcus • Skinny jeans ($158), by Joe’s Jeans, from Neiman Marcus • Espadrille ($175), by Tory Burch, from Arafina • Turquoise resin earrings ($65), by Kenneth Jay Jane, from Melly
Get the look:
• Grocery shopping will be more fun in this bright zip-up. It's Happening Jacket ($118), from Lululemon
• So much attitude, you'll enjoy walking these sneakers out of the gym. Free Run+ 2 shoes ($100), from Nike
• Backpacks aren't just for school anymore. Chacabuco daypack ($135), from Patagonia
You live in neutrals. Wild is mixing black and white. This spring, think of bright as the new basic. A pair of red jeans will work with all of your foundation pieces and prove that you know how to have fun.
Don’t try to match your jewelry precisely. Amber is a warm complement to red. >>
Feeling daring? Add a second pop of color, such as a neon belt—a fresh accent to primary colors. >>
Wear heels to elongate the legs in cropped pants. A nude shade adds extra length. >>
• White button-down ($79.50), from Banana Republic • Zipper trench ($195), by Michael Michael Kors, from Herberger's • Red cropped slim jeans ($175), by Tory Burch, from Arafina • Neon stretchy belt ($34.50), from Ann Taylor Loft • Amber pebble necklace ($165), by Kenneth Jay Jane, from Melly • Tan heel ($795), by Yves Saint Laurent, from Neiman Marcus
Get the look:
TOP IT OFF
• If you do stick with the dark bottoms, try a bright jacket instead. Jacket ($130), from Banana Republic
• Red lipstick could be your bold statement with a neutral ensemble, or extra fun with red jeans. Velvet matte lip pencil in Cruella ($24),by Nars, from Sephora
• Dress up your look with a snakeskin belt. Belt ($135), by Bergé, from Arafina
Where to Buy
• Ann Taylor Loft, seven metro locations including Rosedale Center, 651-633-6044, loft.com • Arafina, Galleria, 952-925-1565, arafina.com • Banana Republic five metro locations including Mall of America, 952-854-1818, bananarepublic.com • Bumbershute 5014 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-475-2684 • Gap 10 metro locations including Rosedale Center, 651-636-5595, gap.com • Herberger’s six metro locations including Southdale Center, 952-926-3004, herbergers.com • Houndstooth 5749 Egan Dr., Savage, 952-440-2807; 582 Prairie Center Dr., Ste. 223, Eden Prairie, 952-261-2974, houndstoothboutique.com• Lululemon three metro locations including The Shops at West End, 763-545-9069, lululemon.com • Melly Galleria, 952-929-9252, melly.com • Neiman Marcus 505 Nicollet Mall, Mpls., 612-339-2600, neimanmarcus.com • N’etc., 5005 France Ave. S., Mpls., 612-922-9321, netcmsp.com • Nike Mall of America, 952-854-5042, nike.com • Parc Boutique 320 Hennepin Ave. E., Mpls., 612-353-4966, parcboutique.com • Patagonia, 1648 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-698-1703, patagonia.com • Pumpz & Co., Galleria, 952-926-2252, pumpzco.com • Sephora three locations including Ridgedale Center, 952-513-1306, sephora.com • Target target.com
GOTTA HAVE IT
Solar Power and Tangerine Tango. Bright yellow with juicy orange looks lively and radiates warmth.
Bellflower and Cabaret. Matching light purple with rosy red says sexy yet creative.
Sweet Lilac and Margarita. Pink adds a touch of romance while the yellow-green is uplifting.
Styling: Elizabeth Doyle; Hair and Makeup: Janell Geason, Wehmann Models and Talent; Assistant: Stephani Bloomquist