Wearing the 2012 Spring trends: Bright colours

by Sylvia

Bright colours trend for Spring 2012
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As mentioned in our Spring 2012 Trend report, Another wonderful trend this summer are the bright citrus colours. They are a great way for adding more colour to your wardrobe. But how to wear these bright, bright colours?

Wearing bright colours full on

The most daring way to wear the bright citrus colour trend is to buy a dress or a top in a bright colour. As you know I have recently experimented with a bright red dress (which is currently up for grabs in my stylish giveaway) and my bright blue dress. I actually felt I looked good in both, and wearing something in a bright colour really does lift your mood.

It also forces you to be out there, face the world head on as you cannot really act like a wall flower in bright clothes. I adore all the dresses from the image above, but the Max Azria’s asymmetrical dress and Diane van Furstenberg’s orange dress are my favorites.

Wearing bright colours as accessories

Bright trend accessories

Another way to wear brights is to add them as accessories or just to choose one clothing item like a top. Great to combine with white for a more neutral look, or you can colour block with another bright garment. Colour blocking is still very much on trend as well! It’s easy and fun and there are  just so many great bright accessories available in the shops right now. Above are just some of my favorites.

For more shopping ideas and bright dresses and accessories you can check out my shop.

So how bright will you go this coming season? Have you already bought some brights?

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Suzanne

The DVF orange dress is my favorite too. I have bought quite a bit of orange this Spring but in accessories – a cardigan, belt, Kate Spade bag, Kate Spade ring, Ray-Ban sunglasses, and a pair of shoes that are color blocked with nude and orange. I can make these pieces work with many different looks. I can even update some of last year’s clothes. I bought a suit for my daughter’s graduation ceremony that has a slim navy skirt and a yellow and white floral print jacket with a peplum. She attends a very consevative college so I may have to use simple accessories (navy pumps) with it – though I have a hot pink Kate Spade clutch that I love. I really want to add something to my wardrobe in that citrus yellow or lime shade but I haven’t found it yet. Those Kate Spade earrings you posted surely appeal to me. :) I am ready for bright and happy colors.

Sylvia

Sounds you are on the right track Suzanne. I’m excited to get a garment in that lime shade too!

Heather Fonseca

I’m so into brights this season I doubt I’ll buy anything else. Ive been working through my winter outfits on my blog but soon the colorful ring ones will hit and theyre really colorful! Sometimes maybe too much so. I think it has to be balanced with elegant silhouettes or grounded with some neutrals to work best.

Sylvia

Yes, that is probably how I will wear this trend as well. Although I may consider buying a nice lime green dress…

GreetjeKamminga

I love all bright colours and they love me. As you know, I have quite a few orange pieces by now. I can go all the way with a colourful outfit as I showed on your Style forum. But agree with Heather that grounding it with neutral colours is less in your face. Depends on my mood I suppose. My orange sweater with beige trousers and black stripe at the side is a good example of that (again photo on your Style forum).
And I am dying to wear my Kermit green jacket with white blouse and jeans. Has to be a bit warmer for that.
I love your forum by the way. Hope that more readers will share their photo’s and questions there. I got some very good ideas from all the advice.

Sylvia

It’s been great seeing your outfits. I’m sure more women will join after a while…. Many women over 40 still need to discover this site so sharing, liking, stumbling and all that will help. :)

Nanne

I’m not quite ready to embrace full-on brights, so I’m planning to introduce it gradually, starting with accessories, then perhaps a top or a skirt. Agree with Heather on balancing this trend with an elegant silhouette or pairing with neutrals.

Sylvia

Good luck experimenting Nanne!

saretta

I love brights. Just bought a hot-pink, bordering on fuchsia, blazer for the spring. I have heard that women over 40 should not wear fuchsia, but that just sounds silly to me! I will be pairing the jacket with white jeans and blue jeans for sure. We shall see if I get more adventurous and add in other brights! :-)

Roberta

I also love the DVF dress and the Marc Jacob bag! This spring i’m planning on wearing more bright colors and experimenting a bit more with various combinations..

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