Color trends are some of the easiest fashion fads to get on board with, because you can incorporate the season’s palettes into your usual wardrobe. Colors easily translate to almost any style of dress. This month, I wanted to take a look at a toned down version of the neon and neutral trend - color blocking electric hues with your basic greys, beiges and creams.
Instead of using true neon colors, I wanted to work with a more subtle palette that goes with day or night, youthful or seasoned, and fits perfectly into summer. Bright yellow and orangey-pink coral look great on their own, but get a classy touch with soft greys.
I started with a gorgeous multi-strand seed bead necklace with bands of bright yellow. It’s simple and chic, with a hint of tribal appeal that opens up lots of fun possibilities for other accessories. It might be a little over-the-top to pair it with long feather earrings, but that would make a great statement.
The first outfit began with an irresistible strapless sundress in multicolored pleated tie-dye fabric. The hints of yellow, orange and pink mixed with cool blues and greens provide a great backdrop for the necklace. This piece would look cute with just about any style of strappy or open-toed shoe, and I found a couple of fun options in grey. I love the combination of rainbow and storm cloud!
Instead of long feather earrings, I topped this outfit with some chunky chain earrings with accents of feather, shell and earth tone beads, or a simple pair of rosy aviator sunglasses. A bright yellow cocktail ring and beachy Kate Spade tote bring everything together.
For a more casual look, I flipped the palette over and paired cool black capris with a gorgeous distressed grey blouse with lots of feathery appeal. Shoes are always good for adding a pop of color, so I added a choice of coral pink heels or flats. The Oscar de la Renta cabochon earrings offer a little reflection of the rainbow outfit, with coral, green and aqua for a bold look, or a simple embellished headband for the more subtle approach. Instead of a ring, I added a stackable black bead bangle to this outfit, and a wild yellow and black tote.
For both outfits, I chose a slinky sliced leather bangle in dark gray. The long leather strips go really well with the necklace without completely imitating it.
The handmade and vintage sellers at ArtFire provided lots of fun options to repeat these looks, including some fun summery cosmetics.
And here are my favorite Polyvore sets featuring some of this month’s picks:
Do you like to follow seasonal color trends in your jewelry designs, or your own wardrobe?
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