Bright colors make you look good and feel good. Color makes a statement, it can brighten up your whole look, and it can lift your mood. Yes, black is classic, but it’s also what people wear to funerals. If you’ve been “stuck in neutral,” and you’re ready to try out something a little peppier, spring is the perfect time to lighten up!
The key to pulling off brights is wearing them with confidence. If your color confidence is a little shaky, get comfortable with these tips:
If you’re not used to wearing bright colors, ease your way in. Try a nail polish or lipstick. There are plenty of non-scary sheer shades to choose from to start. Stores like Sephora allow you to try beauty products out before you buy, so spend some time testing out colors to find one you’re comfortable with. Or, go for a bright accessory. A hot pink skinny belt or a bright clutch can add a pop of personality to a classic black dress.
Pick one piece:
Don’t go all-out all at once. Choose one colorful item of clothing, and keep the rest of your outfit neutral. Try a bright top with a pair of neutral pants or black skirt, for instance. Go overboard, and you run the risk of looking like you escaped from Willy Wonka’s factory.
Keep it simple:
Skip the ruffles and rhinestones. Too much embellishment can come off as childish. Opt for classic silhouettes to keep the look modern and age-appropriate. By keeping your color piece simple, you’ll look young and fresh, but not like you got lost in the kid’s department.
The best advice on bright colors is to just go for it—it’s only a sweater, after all. You’re not dyeing your hair purple. You can always change your mind! But once the compliments start rolling in, you’re not going to want to. Coral looks good on pretty much everybody. And if you have blue eyes, buy a blue sweater now. Don’t be afraid to be bold!
For more ideas, check out some spring-inspired selections below:
Ann Kaiser is the editor of a design magazine by day and blogger at Just One More Thing by night. Her chief interests include chocolate cake, chatting your ear off and rereading the works of JD Salinger. She lives in New York City.