with Susan Wagner
The Working Closet is your source for the best of what's hip and fresh in fashion and beauty. Susan Wagner keeps you up-to-date on trends and offers tips and tricks for making everything in your closet truly work for you.
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Color is big for spring — always, of course, but this year’s colors are some of my favorites, a mix of preppy pinks and blues and greens, paired with navy and white stripes and polka dots. It makes me want to give away all of my black pieces and start fresh.
Color can be daunting, especially if you’re a neutrals girl at heart (as I am). Neutrals are safe and classic, while color — especially bright hues — can feel a little over-the-top. But you can make a vibrant shade work with a neutral closet; the trick is to let the color speak for itself.
Stick with classic shapes and styles. The trench pictured above, from Banana Republic, is perfect example; it’s basic shape is totally amped up by the bright pink color. (Gap has a similar trench available now, too, for $75 less. Score.)
Pair your hot pink trench with a simple white shirt and navy pants; the neutral silhouette grounds the trench and keeps it from being too much. Plus, how fun would a bright trench be on a rainy spring day?
(Note: if you’re over 30, think twice about girly colored rain boots. A bright trench is fine, but pink boots are for kids. Trust me.)
If you’re ready to take the plunge, opt for wardrobe staples in a bright colors. A cardi is a good place to start; layer it over a tee or button down in a neutral shade, or — if you’re feeling daring — a blouse in a complimentary color. Mix colors and patterns; I love the idea of a bright yellow sweater with a navy polka dot skirt, or a basic black and white striped tee with a pink skirt. Mix colorful pieces with neutrals for a look that’s fresh and fun (but doesn’t make you look like you escaped from a clown college).
Want to take it up a notch? Layer colors in the same family — a pink skirt and a red sweater, for example, or a turquoise dress and a periwinkle cardi. Or pair complimentary colors, like orange and blue. Not sure what colors work with what others? Brush up on your basic color theory and then start mixing and matching.
Not ready for a hot pink trench? The easiest way to add color to an outfit is with accessories. A bright scarf works with all your neutrals and can change the look of any outfit. Or give your all-black ensembles a pop with a bright bag or some colorful shoes.
Are you rocking colors for spring? Will you go head to toe, or just an accent? And what’s your favorite palate? (I’m partial to the pinks and blues.)
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