STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Pants that Pop

The warm, summer months have ceased, the sun certainly isn’t perpetually shining, and at least for us here in Iowa City, rainy weather during the fall seems far too frequent for my taste.  Whether it be a colorful handbag, pair of shoes, or essentially any other accessory, on any dreary fall day, a sure way to revive your smile is to add bold colors to your daily ensemble.  This season, colored pants are all the rage.  If neon hues aren’t exactly your cup of tea, never fear.  These hot pairs of pants are available in a variety of more muted tones, like maroon and light pink, perfect for fall!

I spotted this Fashionista while strolling through one of Iowa City’s chic boutiques, Inbox.  And yes, these pink pants are available at Inbox (and on sale!) for all you Iowa City residents.  She paired these hot pants with a simple black tank, knotted at the side, nude sandals, and a long pendant necklace.

When styling a colorful bottom half, I’d suggest two options.  The first option, is mixing in a more neutral color palette, and pairing pants with more muted tones, like beige, gray, and white, like this Fashionista did.  This focuses all the well-deserved attention on your get-me-noticed pants.  Another option is sticking to this colored theme, and adding other colorful pieces to your outfit.  If you choose this option, pair with caution.  Don’t mix colors that are of the same hue, but rather use completely different ones.  For example, pair slate blue corduroys with a tangerine button-up top, or mustard yellow skinnies with a forest green sweater.

It’s the beginning of October, and cooler weather is brewing.  Just because the weather may be dreary, doesn’t mean your outfit should be dreary too.  This fall embrace color and embrace bold.  Let a bold pair of pants steer your wardrobe into the cooler, colorful months ahead.

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