I spotted this Fashionista coming out of a building on campus earlier this week and was immediately drawn to her effortlessly chic look. With her sleek bun, crisp white dress and simple nude pumps she manages to pull off a very professional look without coming off too seriously. What really stood out to me was the playfulness that her chunky turquoise necklace added to her outfit.
The great thing about this look is it's versatility. A simple dress with heels can be easily transformed from a day to night outfit by trading in the tote for a small clutch. Sometimes playing around with different accent pieces can be tricky. Adding a pop of color with a bold accessory is a great way to hold on to your favorite summer hues without having the color overpower your ensemble. Mixing neutrals with accents of bright colors is a fun and easy way to spice up your outfit without much effort.
Try a classic white dress, like this Fashionista, paired with a bold statement necklace. While a plain white button down tucked into denim shorts may seem boring, a neon belt can help give your outfit that little something extra. Accessorizing with color doesn’t have to be all about clothes either. You can add color with a fun nail polish, or even play around with different lip colors.
Next time you feel like you want to take your neutral outfit to the next level, try an unexpected splash of color. I guarantee you’ll brighten up any gloomy, rainy day here in Lafayette.
I spotted this Fashionista soaking up the sun in a chic neutral tank and white skirt ensemble. But what I loved most about her outfit was her cool turquoise necklace. In a season of vibrant color, it seems natural to mix up your style by including new colors. However, the simplicty of a neutral outfit should not be ditched. There is no denying the classic style that black and white apparel exudes. But for a quick update of a classic look, one should simply add a colorful piece of jewelry or a bright accessory to create a look that is truly standout.
A simple white tee looks cool with a pair of black leather shorts but with a fun red statement necklace, it is instantly memorable and exciting.
A little black dress is a must have in every modern woman's closet but it can appear a bit boring with a pair of basic black pumps. Color can instantly turn a look from blah to awe. This black dress is perfect for a night out and with a pair of bright pink pumps and a yellow necklace, it is neon chic.
A good investment piece is a pair of bright studs. They bring attention to your face and are an easy addition to a simple outfit. They have the potential to glam up a simple white button down, skinny jean and ballet flats look from class to classy.
Another way to add color with investing in a colorful accessory is by using some unexpected color on your face. For daring make-up gurus, a bright lipstick or a fun turquiose nail is a simple way to accessorize with color.
As college students, it is far to easy to throw on a pair of old jeans and a plain top and call it a day. But by adding a colorful piece such as a fun pair of sandals, your look is pulled together and stylish. It is easy to fall into a neutral color rut but it is also easy to update your look with some bright jewelry or shoes.
Dark colors and neutrals always seem to be the unspoken uniform of the cold winter months. They are a nice option because you can easily create a classic and put together look without much thought or effort — perfect for those 8 A.M.s! However, on my walk to class last week I couldn’t help but stop this Fashionista. Her bright coat and bag are both classic in style, but the yellow and blue really make her stand out from the crowd (and who doesn’t want that?). The colorful pieces that she chose are layering pieces, so she still had the ease of putting on her basic white top, leggings and riding boots. With only a little, if any, added effort she added a lot of really nice dimension to her outfit with simple pops of color in her accessories.
Pops of color made onto the fall/winter 2011-2012 runways countless times; Proenza Schouler, and Les Copains are both excellent examples of mixing neutrals with bright colors on the runway. The runways aren’t the only places you can find these pops of color, though. There are plenty of stores that will give you the look for less such as Forever 21 and Lulu's. For really unique pieces I would definitely check out your local thrift stores.
While shopping, I recommend looking for jewel-toned pieces. These tones are especially in style, and do a good job of adding warmth to your outfit's color palette while still complementing the styles for this time of year.
This week I am going to try to find new and interesting ways to brighten and mix up my color choices — what about you?
We’ve all added a pop of color such as a hot pink shoe, patterned headband, or flowered broach to a LBD. Not only does it remind us of the always fabulous Carrie Bradshaw, it adds uniqueness to a simple sheath. Men tend to wear less accessories than women (it’s not very frequent that men are carrying raisin-colored Balenciaga handbags). Some Fashionistos make up for the lack of colored accessories by rocking popped, pink collars with pride, but more often than not, men stray away from bright colors altogether. This week’s Fashionisto wears color in just the right quantity this winter; the bright red lining of his hood and orange toggles are eye-catching on his gray jacket. The colors themselves are loud, but the amount of color is demure in percentage to his overall ensemble.
Keeping warm in below-freezing temperatures can be challenging; staying stylish and warm can pose even more difficulty, but it doesn’t have to! For women, there are lots of colored accessories; whether it’s a brick-red pair of leather gloves, jade socks, or navy boots, the options are varied and seemingly endless when it comes to adding color to warm clothing. This week’s Fashionisto wears a unisex, turquoise pashmina as a half scarf/half head wrap to keep him warm while also accentuating his fair skin tone and blue eyes. Men should take a cue from him by adding colored or patterned scarves to their trench coats, puffers, peacoats or parkas. Hold colors up to your face and see what works for you. If you have green eyes, bring them out with similar colors; if you have golden skin, see if you can rock something olive.
Adding color to winter clothing doesn’t mean you have to walk around in a macaroni-and-cheese colored jacket (but if you dare, more power to you)! This week’s Fashionisto's subtle touches of bright color brings life to the rest of his gray outfit. The next time you step out of the door to brave the the endless gray skies, looking down at a azalea-colored pair of gloves might help make your day a little brighter.
As the November days get dark too soon and the New England weather lives up to its cold reputation, sometimes a pop of color is the perfect pick me up. While keeping your outfit winter appropriate, you can use bright accessories to louden your look.
Today's Fashionista beats the gray day with her lush pink scarf and bold blue bag. Her overall outfit keeps consistent with the cold season–heavy jacket, dark pants, and brown boots. The vibe is cool and confident from her buckled boots to her fingerless gloves. Adding the bright pink scarf, however, adds just the right amount of eye-catching excitement to her look. While the color could pass for springtime, the material is still warm enough for winter.
Take a look a how other fashionistas are wearing scarves this fall from silk floral scarves at Indiana University to eternity scarves at the University of Toronto.