How to Wear Summer Brights

The fashion industry may have a penchant for black, but come summer, there's no escaping pops of brights - especially given the fashions that made their way down the Spring 2012 runways. Just because you're opting for a bright separate or accessory, however, doesn't mean you have to keep the rest of your outfit black or white, even if you're dressing for the office. Here's a look at a few ways to incorporate summer brights into your look depending on where your day takes you.

Show-Stopping After-Dark Look

Bright bra and crop tops were not only huge on the Spring 2012 ready-to-wear runways, but they made a splash on the bridal runways as well. The idea of going for a bra top in a bright hue may seem daunting, however, this look can not only be fun and flirty, but also sophisticated. If you're feeling demure, skip the bra top and choose one that reveals just a sliver of belly (think two inches). Pair your bright top with a coordinating high-waisted bottom. Keep jewelry minimal and finish off the look with flats. Alternatively, opt to pair your bright fashion-forward top with camel hued cigarette pants and a loosely fitted boyfriend-style blazer.

Office Dress

Ever notice how what you wear can affect your mood? Cure the hump day blues by reaching for a pair of bright fitted capri trousers, a bright pencil skirt, or brightly hued denim jeans. Pair your look with a less expected neutral like graphite and keep your jewelry to a minimum (think one statement piece like a chunky ring). If you work in an environment not casual enough for denim, stick with tailored separates and add a pop of bright with your accessories. Highlighter hued footwear, handbags, and even nail polish are huge this season and they come in a slew of styles to fit your lifestyle and office dress code.


There's no time better to work the bright colors of summer than when you're hitting the beach. If you're feeling adventurous, work two trends in one and opt for a full-skirted, sheer lace tank maxi in a highlighter hue. Pair it over a neutral swimsuit of your choice and keep the rest of your outfit simple (including your shades - think classic pair of aviators). If you're more low key, pair a bright top with print shorts. The latter option is a great one to wear if you'd like to go for a more fashion-forward swimsuit and want to make a statement with your accessories since it allows more flexibility to go bold with your shoes, shades, and hat.

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