Color blocking is a trend that comes around and goes around, but color popping never seems to fade. From as long as I can remember, color popping has always been encouraged as way to make a fashion statement. How many times have we all heard someone say, “All you need is little pop of color!” As I’m sure many of you have discovered by now, simply adding a pop of color isn’t as easy as it looks. What colors are acceptable to “pop” onto an outfit? Where does the color come from? A shoe? A necklace? A scarf? To be blunt, there isn’t just one way to color pop, but there is a certain confidence about it, and that much is up to you.
My favorite method to color popping is plain and simple; go back to the basics. Start with either a white, black or ivory-based outfit. When it comes to what colors to pair with what, choose colors that contrast each other drastically, that way they stand out. Repeat to yourself, “If you can’t match it, clash it.” Examples of this are purple and red, blue and yellow and turquoise and orange. I spotted this Fashionista outdoors walking on her way to an event. She was dressed so impeccably that I was almost starstruck. If myself, or any others who passed by weren’t halted by the vibrant neon color of her umbrella, then we were sure to be mesmerized by her outfit. She wore an elegant ivory dress with long sleeves and a skirt that perfectly flowed away from her small frame. The cutout in the middle of the dress adds something exciting and makes sure it doesn’t go unnoticed. Her color popping of choice was to pair the dress with vibrant cobalt blue ankle booties and this neon yellow umbrella; a necessity that she used to her advantage.
If you have never really thought of color popping before, start with a necklace that does all the work for you so that you don’t overwhelm yourself. Great vibrant necklaces can be found at J.Crew and H&M. If you want to be more daring, pair your look with bright shoes, often found at J.Crew again, and a bag of contrasting color. Nordstrom carries my favorite line of vibrant cross-body bags from Rebecca Minkoff. Don’t lose your motivation to look good this summer, especially when it can be so easy!