Look, we’re all for staples. The LBD, a neutral suit, an everyday pair of studs- these all play an important role in your wardrobe. They are easy, they are go-to, they are no-brainers. But don’t you ever get the itch to -gasp- stand out, just a bit? We’re not talking full-on Betsey Johnson, but maybe adding dashes of print and color that go boldly beyond your typical solid tops and jeans? A little, even tiny, bit of color can go a long way, and this summer is gearing up to be the ultimate season of bright, bold hues. Don’t be left in the dark, dull, shadows! Add a few splashes to your usual looks and you will feel -and look- infinitely cooler, brighter, and fresher. Here are a few picks to get you started on the right, colorful path.
23 Mar, 2012
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Keep your change colorfully corraled in this bold, dotty metal frame purse. Spare pennies don’t have to have all the fun- this playful pouch can house lip glosses or any spare bits typically found at the bottom of your purse.
Octopurse | Buy
Keep your top simple and let your shorts steal the show in a bright but subtle paisley print. You’ll be suprised at home much this poppy pair will go with, and the durable canvas will weather well through many trips to the beach.
Gap | Buy
The sheerness of this top by Madewell tones down the Here I Am!-ness of the brigth shade of yellow. Long-sleeves and an open neck make this a handy throw-over piece for when summer days take a turn into cool nights.
Shopbop | Buy
So comfortable and so chic- just the way any gal wants to look this summer. Boundary & Co. pair striking blue with cool cut-outs and wide sleeves in a mini-dress that will become your summer staple. The elastic waist cinches your look and keeps your mid-section happy, too.
Piperlime | Buy
Beaded napkin rings add a splash of color to any white table setting, and will set the right tone for a lively summer fiesta. This set also makes a great hostess, housewarming or shower gift for any color-lover.
Kim Seybert | Buy
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Mmm, minty goodness. Keep your phone safe and sound in this patent, mint-hued hard case. Cash and card slots line the interior, so if you can squeeze a lip gloss in here, you’re golden for the night.
Topshop | Buy
Be both strap and stripe-happy with this fun pair of wedgest from Splendid, the maker of all great stripes. You’ll love the way your legs look in these high heels, plus the flash of color on the cork wedge adds some fresh fun.
Splendid | Buy
You don’t wear enough teal. Trust us, it will freshen up your face -and outfit- and make any pair of eyes seem bluer and brighter. Designed with an original bird print, this super soft and semi-sheer scarf travels well and makes a terrific layering piece.
Skinny Style | Buy
Even adults need to color outside the lines sometimes. Color Apeel Crayon Stix are self-sharpening- just pull the string- and oh-so chic looking. Keep this set of 12 on hand when you feel a doodle coming on.
International Arrivals | Buy
These gorgeous green Adventurine briolettes are ready for some action. The stunning shade will catch the light and dangle at just the right length, letting your face shine.
Gioielli By Nikki Baker | Buy
Lunch like a lady in this retro-modest silk top from Boden. The scalloped trim is an unexpected detail that makes this top all the more crisp-looking, and fun fuschia is an unexpectedly bold- and flattering- color choice.
Boden | Buy
This bike might require two locks to ensure no one walks away with it. A classic cruiser gets a preppy, printed update from the one and only Lilly Pulitzer. A pink paisley body and green seat and handlebars will certainly set you apart from the rest of the bikers cruising the farmers market or beach. Don’t worry about those looks, they’re just jealous of your sweet ride.
Lilly Pulitzer | Buy
The standard hoodie gets a fashion-forward makeover courtesy of Tulle. Cut as a bomber jacket instead of a boxy sweatshirt, this hooded wonder looks sharp while maintaining a cozy feel, and the vibrant, day-glo green is as fresh as a bunch of daffodils. You’ll look very pulled together and trendy while covertly shlumping to the grocery store or gym.
Tulle | Buy
In need of a quick change? Petit Bateau’s mini skirt is subdued navy on one side, but after a dash into the ladies room- BAM!- bold blue stripes abound in brilliant, reversible fashion. Talk about taking it from day to evening, ladies.
Petit Bateau | Buy
Wear head-to-toe black and let a rainbow of bangles make your look pop. These bangles are slim enough to stack plenty up your wrists, and the gold-tone dots really accent the bright enamel hues.
C. Wonder | Buy