This summer we have already seen a number of fashionable celebrities attempt (and occasionally fail) to perfect this season’s color blocking trend. Some Fashionistas like Kim Kardashian have paired green with purple, while others such as Cameron Diaz took a more subtle approach by mixing an eye-catching shade like red with a simple neutral. There is no doubt bold is in this season, and stylish girls everywhere are adding a pop of color to their wardrobes. Take it from this Fashionista who threw on her bright yellow T-strap sandals to brighten up her otherwise neutral ensemble while out to lunch with a friend.

Name: Joanna Sterna

Year: Senior

Major: Business Marketing

CollegeFashionista: Who are your style icons?

Joanna Sterna: Rachel Zoe, Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss and Sienna Miller.

CF: What inspired your outfit today?

JS: Vintage! My sweater is vintage, and so is my belt. I tend to go back to black and neutrals. I can’t get away from them. I call it my uniform.

CF: What summer trend are you looking forward to wearing this season?

JS: I would say maxi dresses. I also just bought a great nude blazer that is long and a boyfriend fit. I can’t wait to wear it with my Jeffrey Campbell wedges and a black mini skirt.

How To: The key to bold color blocking is using colors that are opposite on the color wheel like purples and yellows or blues and oranges. Urban Outfitters has a perfect mini skirt that comes in a rainbow of colors, and it is ideal for pairing with a simple T-shirt from American Apparel. When coupling a neutral with a pop of color, follow in Joanna’s footsteps and start off with a simple black maxi dress and accessorize with a colorful cardigan, scarf or T-strap sandal.

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