STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

After a while since the rebirth of the color blocking trend on the runaways of the long-gone year 2011, Fashionistas’ heads turn to the absolute antonym of blocks of colors. The head-to-toe color craze is best known as monochromatic, and its concept is so simple it might appear tricky: combining multiple pieces of the same color (often in different shades) in the same outfit. In other words, doing exactly what your mom told you not to when you first started to dress on your own.

Today’s Fashionista plays monochromatic by combining different dark hues — loose-fitting black shorts with a studded grey T-shirt and a metallic silver purse — to create a chic, yet easy-going ensemble. The choice of a neutral colora made it possible for this Fashionista to play with various textures, and, best of all, to add a little fashion extravaganza to her monochromatic look: casual sneakers in purple act as a discreet splash of color on her outfit, brightening up her otherwise paled palette.

Dare your monochromatic look in basic shades — navy-blue, black, grey, coffee and pastels are great for this aim – to risk a little color. Add bold accessories such as Dr. Martens in bright pink to a head-to-toe beige outfit or play the modern sailor combining an Oasis red belt with your navy-blue look. If you want to stick to a single color, try wearing a neon accessory in the same shade – think a fluorescent orange Cambridge Satchel with a camel-colored look. Don’t want to risk it all? Add just a pop of fluorescent on your nails.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up!

There are several good reasons why you should brighten up your winter wardrobe. Here are two real good ones, one of which will help your mental state, while the other is all about aesthetic appeal. First of all, adding a punch of color to your winter wardrobe is proven effective to lessen the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder. That is correct, and you have heard it here first. Cheer up buttercup, add a fun pop of color to your blah winter wardrobe, and you will instantly have a lifted mood that reflects the sunny disposition you are projecting across your chest.

Secondly, the spring collections have lit up the runway with neon being incorporated in everything from outfits to the accessories. Who wants to be the last one to show up to this vibrant party? Rock the trend before it is a trend by adding a bold hue to your winter neutrals immediately.

This week's Fashionista does this to perfection. Keeping the outfit simple with black shorts, tights and sweater, the bold pink shirt is the standout piece to highlight the look. She accessorizes with edgy Free People studded ankle boots and a fun black turban headpiece from a dollar store in Philly. Yes, the dollar store. Why when I go there can I only find flimsy paper products and damaged canned goods? To further light up the outfit she coordinates the pink top with a dash of color on her lips.

Brightening up is a simple concept. To make sure it still feels appropriate for winter, keep everything else in a neutral palette. Try a pair of leather leggings and a colored sweater or an unusual shade of denim and a basic black blazer. If you are hesitant to take the plunge, there are plenty of vivid scarves and accessories to introduce the concept slowly into your wardrobe. Yes, it gets dark at like 2 p.m. these days, but you can lighten up your fashion world by adding some spunk to your everyday basics.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

Once upon a time, (okay, more like last year) my closet was filled from top to bottom with black. Whereas back then I would have shunned away from bright colors, things have changed drastically. Today, I covet all that is colorful: bright nail polish, bright lipstick and, most of all, bright clothes. Wearing color is so fun and makes me feel instantly happier. This Fashionista looks unbelievably cute, pairing belted yellow shorts with a black top and black sandals.

The minimalism of yellow and black look great on this Fashionista, but you can also mix pieces of different colors or patterns. Doing this can be difficult, and it certainly takes some practice and inspiration (I love looking at fashion blogs like Atlantic-Pacific for ideas). My one important tip for beginners is to remember to pair complementary colors, for example, yellow and violet, and orange and blue.

Interested in this trend? Look up Dolce Vita's Lanie High-Waist Shorts; they come in orange and with a similar thin belt to this Fashionista's. On the other hand, Nasty Gal carries a patterned Petal Tap Short for those of you who are into prints. Topshop and Urban Outfitters have some great choices for shorts in fuschia and red. Also, Forever 21's Flare Woven Shorts are a great bargain. For a more casual look, I love brightly colored jean shorts (for even more colors to choose from, check out J Brand's Low Rise Cutoffs and Current/Elliott's Boyfriend Shorts) or my personal favorite, Baja Vacation Shorts from Forever 21. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

They say that happiness comes from within and though I couldn’t agree more, I also believe that wearing vibrant colors can do nothing less but put a smile on your face. This Fashionista caught my eye from across the street and believe me when I say that I wasn’t the only one. From her bright yellow top to her model-like legs, Montreal’s streets were this girl’s runway.

Yellow is a popular choice when it comes to vibrant colors because not only can you choose from a wide array of shades, but the color yellow is associated with joy, happiness and good energy. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want a bit of that from time to time? Today’s Fashionista was grinning from ear to ear and her attire was perfect for a stroll on a beautiful sunny day.

Anya Sarre, head fashion stylist for Entertainment Tonight spoke about her fondness for bright colors during our last #FashionTalk on Twitter. Not only did she wear yellow at the 2010 Emmy Awards, but she recently opted for a yellow shirt to wear to a photoshoot. However, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing a shirt like Anya Sarre or today’s Fashionista, you can opt for a more subtle choice like these cute wedges that are easy on the eyes and pocket book.

By pairing her bright top with a thin black belt, black skinny jeans and black wedges, this Fashionista managed to offset the romantic feel of her yellow silk top by playing up a more “rocker chic” vibe. From head-to-toe, this Fashionista’s look was killer!

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

It wasn’t hard finding this Fashionista on the cold streets of DC! Her bright colors caught my attention amongst the sea of black outfits on campus. She took the initiative to break the mold and wear bright colors in the dead of winter. Start to break the out of your winter blues by adding in some spring color to your outfits. This Fashionista did a fabulous job of adding color by layering and using accessories. Who would have thought to use an orange vest under a fur trimmed black pea coat? She softens the look with her the faded grey jeans and keeps the look edgy with her slouched combat boots.

To finish this spring ready look she added a cheetah print scarf and a tie-dye bag. Start to welcome spring by brightening up your wardrobe with a few colorful pieces. If you like this Fashionista’s look, mimic by wearing a button down oxford with a colorful vest or cardigan. Try picking a color that works specifically with your skin and hair color. The orange vest complements this Fashionista’s blonde locks perfectly. Also, make sure to mix and match your colors accordingly.

This Fashionista’s theme is orange and can be seen throughout her outfit starting her scarf all the way down to her purse. Incorporate some color into your beauty regimen by sporting turquoise nails or bright orange lips. These bright hues are not only refreshing but also a popular spring 2011 trend. 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Brighten Up

They may say clothes make the man, but I think accessories make the Fashionista. Summer is a great time to play around with fashion and wear bright prints and colors, but it’s important to keep those brights classy and not clown-like with great accessories. By pairing her bright shorts with a loose printed top and neutral shoes and accessories, this Fashionista is right on target. The easiest way to wear bright colors is to choose one bright piece and keep the rest of the look semi-neutral. The tan bag and delicate gold jewelry this Fashionista wears really highlights the bright shorts and makes them stand out.

That’s not to say one bright piece has to be the only color you wear though: Check out her sunglasses. The cute floral print really makes the outfit pop without taking away from the shorts. The glasses also keep the outfit youthful and fun. This Fashionista got hers from Urban Outfitters and they have a great collection of prints for only $10. An outfit like this would be perfect for all those Fourth of July parties coming up. The red shorts give the outfit a patriotic feel without looking like you wrapped yourself in an American flag, and the loose top will keep you cool for those middle-of-summer heat waves.

Hint: If you choose to wear short-shorts like this Fashionista, take a cue from her and wear a loose top and flats.
 

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