Six Sensational Summer Shades & Endless Possibilities

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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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