ACCESSORIES REPORT: Brighten Up

Accessories Report

Tired of those gloomy cold days? Just because fall is coming to an end doesn’t mean your wardrobe has to be colorless and boring. If you’re going through summer withdrawal like me, try to brighten up your outfits with a pop of color. Typically, a colored pant is known for being a summertime classic, but when worn correctly, they can be a year-round piece.

This Fashionisto is decked out in Badger gear: red pants, a Wisconsin hoodie, denim jacket and knit ski hat. Colored pants can be hard to pull off, but it gets easier if you wear a top that has similar colors. Either pair colored pants with a striped shirt that has similar tones or emulate this Fashionisto by wearing a white collegiate sweatshirt with red details to match the pants. Additionally, you can break up the matchy-matchy coloring by adding a denim or neutral colored jacket. The colored pant should be the focus of the outfit, so adding other accessories or clothing with an overpowering color could make your outfit look like a less aesthetically pleasing Piet Mondrian painting. For a more daring look, wear a bold pattern or try layering multiple shirts. Small polka-dots and delicate argyle patterns can look great over a button-up and colored tie.

When trying this trend, it’s important to not overthink it too much. The pants themselves are already quite literally the highlight of the outfit, so wearing just a white tee will make a great casual outfit. Not only will colored pants brighten up any cloudy winter day, but they’ll also look great in every other season as well!

Spotted: Check out J.Crew‘s fall 2013 ready-to-wear runway show for some outfit inspiration.

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