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Tips on Wearing Colorful Accessories

23 Oct

I got a question in response to my What to Wear to a Football Game post concerning how to wear a red handbag. Bright colors can be tough to wear since they can be so dominant whether that’s red, purple or a bright blue. I’m going to focus on just wearing bright accessories in this post, but some of these tips can be used to wear a bright top or bottom.

1. Play it Safe

One of the easiest ways to wear a bright accessory is to pair it with neutrals. Let the accessory be your statement. This is also a simple way to update a normally pretty plain outfit.

Color and NeutralsViscose dress, 30, H M chunky knit sweater, 20, Mango loose blouse, 50, Crepe pants, $30, H&M slim skinny jeans, 15, Rsvp metallic shoes, $69, Born leather shoes, $80, City Streets high heel shoes, $30, DKNY zip bag, $239, Dorothy Perkins evening hand bag, 12, Vince Camuto facets jewelry, $20, Rachelleceline hook earrings, $28, Cheap Monday scarve, €25, Rough Roses buckle belt, $82

In this set I put some options for a casual day, work and a night out. I used red as the accent color in either the bag or the shoes and kept the rest of the outfit really neutral. The color really pops out. This can be used with any color.

2. Color Blocking

A big trend now is color blocking. Basically this is a go big or go home approach to color. This trend involves including pieces that mix colors, those colors can be bright, contrasting or even more subdued.

Color BlockingOasis shirt dress, �20, PAM halter blouse, $15, Long sweater, $9.99, Dorothy Perkins green skinny jeans, �30, TopShop wet look legging, $44, Rsvp metallic pumps, $69, Steve Madden flat, $35, ASOS platform high heels, $96, ASOS satchel bag, $44, Zara leather clutch, $129, Kendra Scott statement necklace, $55, Forever21 twist jewelry, $6.80, Natasha Couture silver bangle, $38, Belle Noel by Kim Kardashian crystal dangle earrings, $39, Peacock necklace, �4.50, MICHAEL Michael Kors michael kors belt, $48

This set includes some pretty strong color combination’s. To color block you definitely need to feel confidant and work the outfit. Here are some pictures I found of individuals that did that well.

Sources: Beyond Boston Chic, Charlene Lenee, Pretty Shiny Sparkly

If you are nervous about making your own color blocking combinations plenty of retailers are selling shirts and dresses that are piggybacking on the style.

I also try to avoid color combination’s that may seem a little cliche. Unless it’s the fourth of July, red, white and blue may not be best. Also, no one wants to look like a holiday so maybe try to avoid orange and black, or red and green.

How do you normally add color into your wardrobe?

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8 Responses to “Tips on Wearing Colorful Accessories”

  1. It's A Want October 23, 2011 at 6:47 pm #

    great looks!

  2. Into the Spotlight October 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I really like the looks you put together!

  3. Charee October 24, 2011 at 1:36 pm #

    Great post and thanks so much for featuring me in your Color Blocking piece!!! Woot Woot

  4. Valerie October 25, 2011 at 2:25 pm #

    Thanks everyone! No problem Charee I love that outfit :)

  5. simplyfrabulous October 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm #

    your casual selection is great, love it!

  6. snapshotsofhappiness October 31, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Yay! You did a post about this. Thanks for the tips and pictures! It really helps. =]

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