Pin Money Fashion: Color outside the linesWritten by Lauren O'Neill | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spring is in the air, which means beautiful weather, fun festivities and best of all, new fashion trends. Whether you are a fashionista or not, everyone is ready to get out of their heavy sweaters, coats and boots and turn to their flowy tops, lightweight jackets and open-toe shoes. During the past couple of years, the same spring prints and styles have circulated. Traditionally, the trend for spring fashion has consisted of floral prints and pastels making for a very stale spring wardrobe.
I am sure many of you, like myself, have craved something fresh, something new, something that really makes a statement. This year designers have opened the fashion floodgates to a new world of color and have exceeded expectations when it comes to creating items that really have that “wow factor.” This season, the creations have been bumped up a notch and are bold and bright with a tone of femininity.
Whether you are sporting a pair of skinny jeans, great pair of pants, blazer or blouse, bold hues are everywhere. The new and fresh bold looks add a sense of optimism and renewal; the colors are just plain positive and uplifting.
What are the “it” colors this spring? The top colors are tangerine, canary yellow, grass green, Tiffany blue, purple, magenta and navy. The variety of colors allows for a range of styles to be created and integrates a free and playful style even if worn at the office or formal event.
My personal favorite this season are bright-colored pants. I like the idea of having my pant as the focus of my outfit for a change, plus they come in a variety of styles from wide leg to cropped to high-wasted to skinny to accommodate all body types. All of us, at one point or another, have owned a bright-colored blouse or jacket, but bright-colored pants are unique and are not an item that most of us are typically brave enough to wear — until now that is. What I like about the turquoise skinny jean or purple pant is that they are extremely fashion-forward, they scream confidence and they look great paired with other bright colors.
Wearing a pair of bold, bright-colored pants can be intimidating at first. There are so many colors and styles that introducing a pair to your wardrobe can seem a bit overwhelming. The best advice for choosing your bright-colored pants is to choose a color you love. I personally love blues, greens and purples,
so that’s what I based my decision on. From there, find a fit that works for your body type. It’s very important to find a good fit in a colored pant because they are the main focus of your outfit. The best part about looking for a pair of colored pants is that they are everywhere, so you are sure to find a color and fit that works for you.
Once you have a pair of bold, bright-colored pants, the next challenge can be what to pair with them.
Don’t be afraid to get noticed. It’s natural to gravitate toward neutrals like black, white or tan to pair with your bright-colored pants. Instead, pair colors that complement your bottoms but do not overwhelm. To get a better idea of what colors to pair together take a look at the examples on these pages.
Try pairing a purple pant with a yellow top. The colors complement, but do not overwhelm one another. Mix in fun accessories like this floral print clutch or peep-toe pumps. Find these flattering stretch twill ankle pants at J.Crew for $90; bright yellow chiffon blouse at Old Navy for $24.94; floral lulu townshed bow clutch at DSW for $29.95; Keithly Pump at ALDO for $38; Ancient Disc Earrings at Forever 21 for $1.80; and Polished Bangle Bracelets at Forever 21 for $7.80.
Hot pink and bright blue are a perfect combo for spring. Add a fun bright bracelet or splash of yellow to add that extra kick of color. Find these bright blue jeans at H&M for $40; H&M hot pink blouse for $24.95; bright-colored Forever 21 bracelet for $6.80; spiked Forever 21 chandelier earring from $6.80; Sawicki ALDO pump for $80; and Nine West rock cross body bag for $19.99.
Tangerine and blue are soft, subtle, yet noticeable. Find these coral jeggings for $30 at Tillys.com; H&M blue blouse for $24.95; ALDO sandal for $110; Forever 21 peacock clutch for $12.80; Forever 21 stone bangles for $10.80; and Forever 21 textured triangle earrings for $3.80. Prices subject to change.
Never forget that fashion should be fun and should allow you to showcase your personality. Fashion should never become a chore, overwhelming or too expensive. Stay true to who you are, but remember it’s OK to color outside of the lines.
Lauren O’Neill blogs about fashion at www.mypinmoneyfashion.com.