Spring into Color with Bold Basics and Accessories This Season

Real Style on 03.28.11
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Photo: Kate Spade New York

The calendar says spring has sprung, but the weather in many places says otherwise. While you’re waiting for the temperature to rise, bring a little spring into your closet with some bright, cheery pieces.

Bold color is everywhere this spring, and it’s an easy way to lighten up your winter basics while you wait for the snow to melt. Pair hot pink with basic black for a look that’s fresh and edgy; pair yellow with camel, or navy with orange, for a new twist on a classic Preppy look. And blue goes with everything -- look for bright turquoise or muted periwinkle. A bright cotton sweater can be worn now with wool trousers and later with chinos or a light skirt.

Mix bright colors with neutrals -- a yellow sweater, say, with a white blouse and khaki pants. I love the Kate Spade cardigan pictured here, but it’s pricey ($295) -- Old Navy has a more affordable alternative. Look for bright separates -- sweaters, skirts -- without a lot of detailing. You can add a pin or a belt or pair your bright with a ruffled blouse, but don't overwhelm the color with a lot of fancy extras.

Stick with one bright at a time -- more than that and you’ll look like you’re wearing a costume. If you want to really make a statement, opt for a dress in a bright color, but pair it with neutral accessories, like skin-toned shoes and a simple handbag. And pass on pastels; cobalt blue is on trend, but baby blue is dated.

Not ready to commit to a bright turquoise jacket? Opt for a colorful accessory instead. A colored handbag is an easy upgrade for your spring-to-summer wardrobe. Or look for bright jewelry -- you can wear these bold bangles all summer long -- or a patterned scarf. Tie the scarf to your handbag, or use it as a belt or headband, or wear it at your throat -- it’s a simple way to add some spring to your step and your closet.


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