STYLE GURU STYLE: Take A "Complement"

I’ve noticed lately that people seem to forget the existence of colors during the winter time. Yes, I know the monochromatic trend has been all over our minds for a while, but look around because the world is monochromatic. The branches are bare and the ground is muddy. For those of you who live in a warm region and complain about not getting winter, stop it. Trust me when I say that a winter wonderland is not all that exciting after the first few days of, “Oh, so pretty.” I say we need a little spark in our lives. And it seems like the Trina Turk pre-fall 2015 collection agrees with me—it included bold, bright and vibrant colors. Better yet, bold, bright, vibrant and complementary colors. As eye-drawing and daring as complementary colors on the runway are, we usually shy away from rocking them on the street. Something about pairing a bright red and a bright green, no matter how small the item, just intimidates me personally. Anyone with me? How do you even wear complementary colors without looking like the human embodiment of Christmas or, worse yet, someone who doesn’t understand fashion?

A bright yellow and an intense purple would never work unless you are on the runway in a gorgeous lace dress and the chicest heel, while the rest of you look absolutely flawless. I don’t know about you, but I can’t manage. However, I think I’ve figured out just the trick. I centered my look around a boxy, bright, orangey mustard yellow coat. I chose a pair of deep purple Dr. Martens ankle boots to complement the large surface of yellow. There, now my secret is out. The way I wear complementary colors while still looking sane and university appropriate is by dulling one of the colors down significantly, and the result is a surprisingly harmonious blend between personality and simplicity. For you adamant winter lovers, I kept the rest of my outfit classical winter with my gray beanie on gray turtleneck sweater on gray scarf, and I completed the look with some warm faux leather leggings. I took the look even further with a sparkly necklace and some bronze and silver rings. While this may annoy some of you profoundly, I, personally, don’t have a problem with pairing warm-toned jewelry with cold-toned ones. I mean, in a world where yellow and purple can appear on the same person at the same time, what is impossible?!

Get My Look: 1. Bright yellow coat. 2. Purple Dr. Martens. 3. Gray turtleneck sweater.