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Smarter Fashion: Bright Colors: A Hit or Miss?

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I live in NYC. By that statement, well, you may assume that I don't wear a lot of color. I enjoy my all black or black and grey or grey and white or all grey ensembles...you picking up on a pattern? As I have heard people say (more than once), "New Yorkers will wear black...until someone comes up with something darker." It's funny because it's true.

I admit it. But even I, this color-avoiding New Yorker, get swayed when I see those pretty new spring colors in the store windows. Those pops of happiness in color form after the months of winter cold make this mama think, "Hmm, maybe I should get something in bright coral!"

But, an element to NYC living is the high cost of everything, which means this mama is wearing all black and on a strict budget. I have to think about how often will I wear a bright coral or sunshine yellow dress...not too much, and definitely not so many times that it warrants paying a lot of moolah for it. And ladies, I know that isn't the case just in New York.

Everyone is watching the budget these days, and that is why, if I ever do opt for something in color, especially the trendy colors, I do it the way many fashion pros suggest (my all time favorite fashion guru: Tim Gunn). I do it in small ways. Think of getting accessories to punch up the color. A piece of jewelry (like this bracelet from Mango) in the Color Du Jour or a scarf or a handbag (again, digging this bright yellow one, again from Magno). Or, if you do opt for a top like this sassy one from KMart (notice the yellow is trimmed with my favorite shade of grey?), keep the rest basic and neutral, like with dark jeans and a navy blazer.

What color are you eyeing for spring? How do you work bright colors into your look? Share your pics of bright color hits!


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by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Replies (21-27):
malexander2009
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 7:45 PM

I am not in to the bright colors

BeachMommy07
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 8:06 PM

 I like the new brighter colors on somethings like this bathing suit from Bongo found at Kmart:

thehickinhickor
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 8:08 PM

i like off the wall clothes and colors

RobinChristine
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:15 PM

I love the colors,I bought orange,yellow and hot pink jeans for spring. I will pair them with colorful tops,I have yet to wear them with a neutral

LifeCafe42
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:17 PM
I do a lot of dark with a bright color bag or shoe
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LilMissCupcake
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM
i love bright colors
elijahsmama09
by on Apr. 14, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I love bright colors.
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