STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Color Me Happy

Style Advice of the Week

“The picture will have charm when each colour is very unlike the one next to it,” said Italian author, artist, architect, poet, priest, linguist, philosopher and cryptographer Leon Battista Alberti. It seems evident today that Alberti’s dated yet insightful statement is very much apparent in fashion today… and I couldn’t agree more with it. Don’t be afraid to combine bright and highly contrasting colors – that’s my style advice of the week.

In stores everywhere, highlighter colored tops and bottoms are scattered from wall to wall. I dare say some colors are so bright, they are actually almost too bright to look at! But hey, if you want to make a statement, wearing brights is definitely a way to get some serious attention. Not to mention, bright colors also brighten up one’s skin tone and literally add a certain glow to the wearer. Colors are always in, especially in the summer time.

This week’s Waterloo Fashionista sports a very colourful, feminine and playful outfit combined with some very “in” shaped glasses, layers and a rockin’ print shirt; a combination of many trends we see today. Such an outfit makes for excellent flexibility, because it’s not too casual and not too formal… the perfect balance suitable for various events and occasions. “When buying clothes and picking outfits, I pay close attention to buying pieces I can wear to work, and wear for fun. The pieces I wore in the photo are pieces I have worn to work, and pieces I have worn out in the summer,” says the stylish Fashionista.

We see that this Fashionista’s outfit exuberates two highly contrasting colors… blue and orange. Her choice is splendid, mainly for two reasons. Firstly, her dark blue printed top she has on under her button-up shirt has discrete hints and accents of orange which help to soften up the contrast and pull the look together. Secondly, her color choice is fabulous. On the color wheel blue is a primary color and orange is its polar and secondary opposite. Two colors across each other on the color wheel create the highest amount of contrast and can also work together as compliments. Don’t be afraid to mix the colors around and combine those which were formerly considered “awkward.” You’d be surprised to see what magic you can actually create with color alone! Steal this Fashionista’s look here and check out Salvatore Ferragamo Spring-Summer 2012 collection for some exciting combinations of print and color.

So if you must only remember one thing, remember this – contrasting colours makes for composed and complimentary concordance!
 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Color Me Happy

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June gloom should be setting in any day now, but that doesn’t mean that you have to let it bring down your carefree and vibrant summer mood. This Fashionista is prepared to brighten those cloudy days with the perfect pair of colored jeans. An essential during this Fashion season, colored jeans are an effortless way to create an eye-catching look.

First things first, if you don’t already own at least one, run out and buy your favorite pair of colored jeans. Forever 21, H&M and Madewell have large selections of colored pants in varying styles. Next, take a lesson from this Fashionista to create a casual, daytime look. Any blouse will do! This Fashionista opted for a simple blouse and gave her outfit more character by adding rose and colored baubles and leopard print flats. Don’t be afraid to add more color to you outfit as long as they complement one another. If you’re feeling a bit bold, wear a printed top with simple accessorizes and shoes. This striped blouse from Forever 21 would be perfect with nearly any color of jeans.

Colored jeans can also be fitting to wear at the office. For a more professional look, wear a collared blouse such as this one from ASOS. You could also tuck in your blouse and add a belt to create an even more polished look. Accessorize with bracelets, necklaces or whatever fulfills your fashion craving for that particular day. Strap on some wedges or heels and you have a look that’s work-worthy.

If you’re looking to buy a pair of colored pants to wear year-round, opt for darker hues such as red and purple. This way you can toss on that black leather jacket or your favorite pair of booties and be ready for fashionable fall and winter seasons. Worn with the right pieces, colored pants can take you from laid back to perfectly polished or from summer to fall. So go out and color yourselves happy! 

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Color Me Happy

Style Advice of the Week

This week's Fashionisto knew how to keep his outfit looking bright and ready for summer, even though the weather didn't seem to be. Bright denim is the perfect way to add color to your outfit, by also keeping it interesting and making you look confident. 

Adding color to your look is always a good idea, especially in the spring and the summer, but adding them to your jeans is a bold statement that won't go unnoticed.This Fashionisto is sporting a pair of red jeans from Urban Outfitters and a pair of mahogany wingtip shoes by Calvin Klein. He kept the top half of his outfit simple with a white V-neck from Armani Exchange and a double-breasted houndstooth coat from Express to finish it off.

If you want to try sporting an outfit like this one, try this pair of red jeans from Urban Outfitters or this pair of teal skinny jeans from ASOS for a different color. These brown wingtip lace-up shoes by Calvin Klein are an easy way to add an unexpected element of class to your outfit. To keep the outfit from being too over the top, try this burnout V-neck from Armani Exchange. Lastly, throw on this houndstooth jacket from Forever 21 and you're all set. 

This outfit is the perfect way to show that you are ready for summer even if the Waltham weather still doesn't want to admit that the semester is almost over! Colored jeans are a great way to show your personal style, plus they will always be an exciting piece to have in your closet. 

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