ACCESSORIES REPORT: La Vie Parapluie

Jay-Z and Rihanna’s epic duet of “Umbrella” always pops into our minds when we see gray skies and rainy days. The upbeat pop/rap combo adds a splash of excitement to rather dreary weather, reminding us that rainy days don’t always need to be so monochromatic and drab.

This Fashionista brightens up the weather, literally, with a neon red Yves Saint Laurent vintage umbrella. Despite the gloomy skies above, the vibrant color of her umbrella adds a fresh and fun facet to her outfit. Keeping comfortable in leggings, a simple white James Perse T-shirt and doubling her oversized knit sweater as a jacket, this Fashionista subtly works a relaxed chic ensemble.

While her rainy day accessory may be the statement piece of her outfit, this Fashionista continues to accessorize in a simple manner with her Marc by Marc Jacobs tote (which doubles as a book bag), her Etienne Aigner boots and her draped scarf, which adds another subtle splash of color. While the skies may be dark and depressing, there’s no reason your outfit has to be as well. By adding splashed of color and fun accessories, it’s easy to go from drab to fab.

Spotted: Spicing up an outfit with electric hues is becoming timeless. Having started last season with bright neon outfits, these vibrant colors have continued into the spring 2012 ready-to-wear collections of Jason Wu, Rodarte and rag & bone. From ultraviolet handbags to bold color blocks and intense ombre pieces, neon has abandoned its stereotype as wild and has officially taken its reign as a neutral.

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