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Bright Blue – 20 Ways to Wear This Hot Color Trend

There are a lot of big color trends this year — Tangerine Tango orange (the official color of the year), mint green, bright neons, soft pastels. And although I very much agree with Melanie that mint green is everywhere right now, I’m also seeing a lot of this vibrant blue popping up in every single store — from Old Navy to Nordstrom — and in every single department — from beauty to swimwear.

That could be because Pantone named Olympian Blue as one of the hot colors for Fall 2012, yet stores are sneaking it in now for Spring and Summer. You won’t always see it labeled as “olympian blue,” but you’ll recognize it from its brighter, more vibrant cobalt-like hue.

Stay ahead of the trend with one of these bright blue picks:


  • OPI Blew My Mind 1 of 20
    OPI Blew My Mind
    One of the easiest ways to jump on the blue trend is with a simple nail polish application. It adds a pop of bright color in an unexpected shade.
    Buy from Amazon for $7.47
  • Women’s Cap-Toe Canvas Ballet Flats in Blue Oracle 2 of 20
    Women's Cap-Toe Canvas Ballet Flats in Blue Oracle
    These trendy Old Navy shoes are selling for $22.94 online (still a great price), but I know my store has a few straggler sizes on clearance — so check your local Old Navy first.
    Buy from Old Navy for $22.94
  • Women’s Jersey Maxi Skirts 3 of 20
    Women's Jersey Maxi Skirts
    A classic spring style in a hot spring color — and affordable, too.
    Buy from Old Navy for $20
  • Women’s Color-Blocked Button-Tab Tops in Blue Combo 4 of 20
    Women's Color-Blocked Button-Tab Tops in Blue Combo
    If you're a fan of the color-block trend spilling over from Fall, this vibrant cobalt blue is the perfect shade to color-block with a lighter blue or even a darker navy.
    Buy from Old Navy for $24
  • Pintucked Shirt Dress 5 of 20
    Pintucked Shirt Dress
    A classic, comfy style for Spring.
    Buy from GAP for $59.95
  • Sutton Cowl T in Active Blue 6 of 20
    Sutton Cowl T in Active Blue
    This flowy tee is an easy, flattering way to introduce this color trend into your wardrobe.
    Buy from GAP for $24.95
  • Marled Cable-Knit Cardigan in Active Blue 7 of 20
    Marled Cable-Knit Cardigan in Active Blue
    One of the great things about this color is its ability to match with just about anything. Look at the striking color-block of blue and yellow in this outfit.
    Buy from GAP
  • Bright Blue Blazer + Bright Blue Top 8 of 20
    Bright Blue Blazer + Bright Blue Top
    You can easily incorporate this color into your work wardrobe — especially with this vibrant blue blazer.
    Buy from your local H&M: Blazer for $34 and Top for $24
  • Bright Blue Shorts 9 of 20
    Bright Blue Shorts
    These affordable blue shorts can be dressed up or down.
    Buy from your local H&M for $17.95
  • Bright Blue Shoes 10 of 20
    Bright Blue Shoes
    Blue suede shoes are everywhere this year. (These are actually imitation suede, hence the affordable price.) Very Zooey Deschanel-esque, paired with stripes or polka dots.
    Buy from your local H&M for $24.95
  • Because of Blue Dress 11 of 20
    Because of Blue Dress
    How adorable is this retro-insprired dress in a splash of color?
    Buy from ModCloth for $44.99
  • Bright Blue Shoes 12 of 20
    Bright Blue Shoes
    More (imitation) blue suede shoes.
    Buy from your local H&M for $34.95
  • Blue Essence Skinny Twill Ankle Jeans 13 of 20
    Blue Essence Skinny Twill Ankle Jeans
    A huge trend right now is brightly colored skinny jeans — including this blue, of course.
    Buy from Nordstrom for $88
  • Presley Skye Colorblock Silk Crepe de Chine Dress 14 of 20
    Presley Skye Colorblock Silk Crepe de Chine Dress
    Here's a good example of the cobalt/navy color block to replicate. Pretty, right?
    Buy from Nordstrom for $138
  • Azalea Necklace 15 of 20
    Azalea Necklace
    Another example of the perfect two-tone blue pairing (deep navy and bright cobalt).
    Buy from J.Crew for $150
  • Embellished Tunic 16 of 20
    Embellished Tunic
    This is one of the many (many, many) new "celestial blue" items at Express this season. It's everywhere, I tell you!
    Buy from Express for $59.90
  • Color Block T-Strap Flat Sandal 17 of 20
    Color Block T-Strap Flat Sandal
    The perfect color-blocked sandal for summer.
    Buy from Express for $29.90
  • Solid Ruched Racerback Dress 18 of 20
    Solid Ruched Racerback Dress
    Forget about buying all your basics in black — this simple dress can be dressed up, dressed down, or layered.
    Buy from Express for $39.90
  • NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite 19 of 20
    NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Dark Rite
    It's even popping up on the beauty shelves!
    Buy from Sephora for $24
  • Push-Up Halter Tankini Top 20 of 20
    Push-Up Halter Tankini Top
    You'll see this color splashed on swimsuits everywhere — including this Victoria's Secret version that's especially flattering for those of us who need tummy covering and a little lift-up padding on top (ahem).
    Buy from Victoria's Secret for $28 - $48

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