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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
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erienne06
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:52 AM
Normally I just wear one bright or bold piece and match it with something neutral. I bought lots of bright and floral skirts to wear this summer :)
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Madelaine
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I like orange and pink...not together though...

black.eyeliner
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 10:06 AM
I wear dark colors. I knit bright things to accessorize. I love green and orange.
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critter_boo
by Sarah on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Blue and green
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othermom
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I don't care much for bright colors

Wish2Be
by Michelle on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:11 AM

 Love it on kids....not so much on adults.

lovegrace222
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:47 PM

bright colored jewelry or handbags !

Rushn311
by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I don't like bright colored shirts. I usually wear dark colors and will add a splash of color.

dusky_rose
by Sue on Apr. 11, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I've been looking for brightly colored blouses to go with my jeans (or capris) in the spring and summer.


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lizzig
by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2012 at 5:16 PM

 i'm not a "colorful" kinda gal.  i prefer black, year round.  though having a daughter has brightened up my wardrobe a bit.  she'll pick out shirts for me to try on when we're out & can be very generous with the compliments.  it's amazing how persuasive an 8 year old can be! ;o)  she just talked me into a hot pink t with black polka dots.

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