Six Sensational Summer Shades & Endless Possibilities
May 2, 2013
It might have been the aqua pants combined with a crisp white shirt and white patent leather ballet flats … but regardless of which item it was, a recent visit with a friend had me craving summer colors for my own daily looks. Colors that invoke fresh flowers and beach locales can get you in the mood for the season – even when the weather isn’t cooperating.
Yellow & Light Blue
Pantone released their colors for 2013, which included a bright citrus yellow and soft light blue. What could be more perfect for summer than this vivid color tempered by a softer, complimentary shade? Alone, a light blue sundress is pretty enough but adding a thin, braided yellow leather belt adds some zip. Reverse it with a blue boyfriend cardigan over a lemon yellow tank and set of white capri pants for a casual look. Play it up another way by going monochromatic with your outfit in light blue and accessorizing it with a sunny yellow statement necklace and bag.
Lilac & Green
It’s true that emerald green was named color of the year and it is a gorgeous choice. Take a cue from nature during the summer months when the whole landscape is alive with newly unfurled leaves, fresh cut grass and tiny green shoots. Wear a lilac button-down camp style shirt under a light green sweater for a truly seasonal look. The Gap ran with this trend and added a new twist by combining pieces in navy blue with the soft shades to create an outfit that just pops.
Mint & Coral
Before you know it you’ll be poolside or sitting on the beach. Using mint’s cool tones up against the heat of the color coral is hot. A coral maxi dress can be dressed up or down depending on the accessories you use. Mint green sandals, a pair of chandelier earrings or set of stacked bracelets add sharpness and elegance to this warm shade. Work it another way by wearing a set of mint lace or patterned shorts and a casual coral t-shirt that works anywhere.
It is time to get inspired by the world around you. Take a look at what your friends are wearing or check out a store website or window for more color options. It only takes a little bit of practice but before you know it you will be noticing bits of inspiration all around you and putting pieces together from all the color trends this season.
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