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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 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!


by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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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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by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 9:56 AM

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

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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by on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:02 AM
Blue and green
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by Ruby Member on Apr. 11, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I don't care much for bright colors

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

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

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

bright colored jewelry or handbags !

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.

by 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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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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