5 Days, 5 Ways: How to Wear a Pop of Color

Celebrities inspire color tips and tricks

By Diana Nguyen Jun 19, 2015 8:20 PMTags
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You basically live in white tees. You have countless pairs of denim pants. Olive green? You're living life the on edge.

You, friend, are an ardent fan of ever-classic neutrals. You might admire Beyoncé's penchant for neon or appreciate summer's bright florals, but at the end of the day, you gravitate to colors that whisper rather than roar.

While we fully support your affinity for flattering neutrals, keep in mind that just a touch of a vibrant color can make your whole ensemble that much more dynamic.

Not sure how to overcome your aversion to color? Let's start slow and look to Hollywood's most stylish for guidance.

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Start off with an accessory that needn't be worn to complete the outfit. Kate Hudson already looks chic in this all-black ensemble, but her red-frame sunnies liven up the overall look with a retro-mod vibe.


It may seem like conflicting ideas, but you can go incognito while making a fashion statement. Follow Khloé Kardashian's lead with a bright topper, dark sunglasses and a neutral (your favorite!), lightweight trench. It's summer, after all—think of the sun protection.

There's no easier way to draw outside the neutral lines than with a statement bag you can wear every day. Demi Lovato's Céline tote adds another dimension of interest to her simple dress. Add a bold lip if you're feeing crazy.

You already know how to elevate neutrals by mixing them with prints and textured patterns. But pair an outfit with the same color shoes and you'll dull the effect of the whole look. Instead, do as Taylor Swift did and complete your outfit with bright-colored kicks that contrast—it will help emphasize the printed piece.

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When you're ready, don't just add a pop—blast away with bright colors. Notice how Gigi Hadid used the black leather shirt to anchor the outfit. The electric blue shades and pumps coordinate with the orange lips and bag, almost canceling each other out, leaving the hot-pink pants as the focal point. With any core piece in a bold color, make sure it's tailored to perfection.