7 Ways to Wear Bright Colors — Even in the Fall

Falling For Color: Bright Hues of the Season
Sweater and pants from Boden

Usually when fall comes breezing in, it blows out all of the colors of summer and bums me out. While grays, blacks, and dark muted tones are nice, they start to feel a bit drab. Autumn has taken us by surprise this year with bright vibrant hues trending in the fashion world. Shades like blood orange, vibrant pinks and magentas, royal blues, and bold purples are showing up in stores everywhere. So as the days grow shorter, the temperatures get colder, and you start to feel sluggish, energize your look with these beautiful and upbeat tones of fall.

Purhcase a similar sweater from Boden, $148 / Purchase similar pants from J.Crew, $39.99

Beetroot and Blood Orange Color Combo

Falling For Color: Bright Hues of the Season
Skirt from Boden; sweater from Target; necklace is vintage

I saw this skirt and knew it had to find its way into my fall wardrobe. The daisy print in cream and beetroot red is almost too much for me to handle. Knowing what to pair it with can be tricky, however. I opted for another strong shade of blood orange in this short-sleeved sweater top. Again, don’t be timid in trying these colors together; it’s all about striking the right balance while keeping it fun and fresh.

Purchase a similar skirt from Boden, $138 / Purchase a similar tee from Anthropologie, $78

Eggplant CulottesFalling For Color: Bright Hues of the Season Purchase similar gaucho pants from Nordstrom, $99 / Purchase similar T-shirt from Alice + Olivia/Nordstrom, $265 

This deep, vibrant shade is a mixture of maroon and purple. I’ve never been a huge fan of purple until now; I love the way it adds richness to a look and especially like it as a bold statement, like in these super ’70s-inspired culottes in an ultra rad chevron print. Notice how the embroidery in the T-shirt plays off the pants. Add a hat in that eggplant hue to tie the whole look together.

A Coat of BlueFalling For Color: Bright Hues of the SeasonPurchase similar coat from Boden, $198 / Purchase similar sweater from H&M, $17.99 / Purchase pants from Boden, $88 / Purchase similar shoes from Michael Kors/Bloomingdale’s, $99 

How about a bright blue sweater coat over a citron yellow sweater? I say why not!? Don’t be afraid to mix multiple bright shades together in one look; step out of your color box and have fun. It’s a bit of trial and error; the key is to add something neutral that plays well to both shades, such as these metallic trousers.

Your Royal Blueness DressFalling For Color: Bright Hues of the SeasonPurchase similar dress from 6PM/Christin Michaels, $34.99 / Purchase a similar necklace from Francesca’s, $24

I’ve got plenty of robin’s egg blues here but needed to make some space for the royalist of blues in this elegant simple, solid wrap dress. It is bold, demure, and striking. I added a bright yellow necklace for high contrast and added drama. The metallic heels are subtle but noted.

Donuts and Bright Blue MinisFalling For Color: Bright Hues of the SeasonPurchase skirt from Boden, $78 / Purchase similar sweater from Ebay, $52 / Purchase button-down from Target, $17.24 / Purchase similar leopard heels from ASOS, $63

This bright blue mini-ish skirt is the happiest thing in my closet. It’s only right to pair it with this graphic sweater of a donut with pink frosting and colorful sprinkles. Layer it over a white dress shirt buttoned all the way to the top for added sophistication. The only thing that could make it better is a real donut in your hand.

A Retro-Printed DressFalling For Color: Bright Hues of the SeasonPurchase a similar retro print dress from Boden, $108 / Purchase similar hat from LuLu’s, $30 / Purchase similar booties from Zappos, $79.99

This dress emulates fall’s vibrant color trend perfectly. The bold retro print in pops of orange, pink, and deep purple are sure to catch the eye. Add deep red ankle booties for more fall flair, along with a hat (which is never a bad idea).


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