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Crazy for Color

by Lori Sciame | May 9th, 2011 | Fashion, Women's Fashion
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As spring moves towards summer, it’s become obvious, the newest fashion accessory is color. There are splashes of it everywhere, from screaming orange capri pants to cheerful pink dresses. Unlike past years, when subdued colors and muted palettes were the rage, color has taken center stage. Whether you are just out of high school or you are nearing your 50th class reunion, you can take advantage of this fun trend. Here’s how:

1. Flirt with Nail Color
Gone are the days when finger and toenails must be painted the same shade of delicate pink. Add some pizzazz to any outfit by pairing two different colors – maybe deep purple on your fingers and turquoise on your toes! You can also pair painted toes with patterned fingernails. Believe it or not, there are patterned nail polish strips available. You can choose a chevron pattern, a fishnet pattern, or even a bamboo pattern! Fun? You bet! Flirty? For sure!

2. Embrace Bright Hoops
Earrings offer another way to bring some color into your life. This season, adorn your ear lobes with large hoops and drop earrings. It’s time to move from statement necklaces to statement earrings. The variety is seemingly endless, from jade to amber; just remember to go big and colorful.

3. Pick a Purse with Punch
Handbags can also be fashion forward. Forget about the small white summer clutch. Instead, pick a sky blue or lime green bag. Also popular are floral fabric bags. What better way to add some zest to your wardrobe? Also, size does matter. Big handbags shout, “NOW!”

4. Grab the Hottest Pumps
Who cares about sore feet? The rage this season is colorful pumps – everything from fire engine red to canary yellow have adorned the feet of the rich and famous. Some may find the following information unsettling, but it’s true, matching is out. You CAN wear orange pumps with a navy suit…it is true! Also showing up on the red carpet this season is the color called, nude. Feel free to pair these heels with any outfit for an extra kick.

5. Love Fun Fabrics
Even the First Lady, Michelle Obama, has embraced the color trend. She sports colorful clothing combinations and even bright belts. Take advantage of her lead and invest in a few colorful pieces, including breezy sleeveless dresses and cheerful tops. You will be surprised at how much energy color brings to your life.

6. Consider Bold Make-up
Although not for everyone, bold lipstick colors and eye shadows are the rage. Eye popping reds for the lips and frosted shadows for the eyes abound. The key for this trend is to not overdo it. If you choose to highlight your lips with a striking color, go easy on the eyes. Or if you want to play up your baby blues, refrain from heavy lip color. It’s all about finding the right balance for you.

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