Color Outside the Lines!

By Catherine Cassidy

Lela Rose S2010 RunwaySpring is in the air and that means something even better than longer days is here as well … more color!

A tenet of mine is that Fashion is cyclical. This is why skinny jeans, leggings and now cargo pants are back.

Something a little more palatable for all is that you’ll see a lack of color (lots of nudes, earth tones, etc) for Winter … and then it comes back in full force for Spring. Yay!

We’re seeing lots of vibrant blues, greens, oranges and yellows in the store and don’t you find that it really lifts your mood?

This is another reason why I LOVE color – It effects your mood as well as those around you. It also effects how people perceive you!

Think about it. How do you feel when you wear all black? How do people respond to you? And when you wear your favorite purple top? The reaction is a lot stronger and you get so many more compliments, don’t you? Plus, I know your mood is immediately a bit brighter, even if you were in a fine mood already.

Designers such as Catherine Malandrino, Adrienne Vittadini and Lela Rose chose vibrant colors for their Spring collections after noticing that women aren’t gravitating towards neutral, safe colors as an economic downturn might suggest they would. Instead, they’re looking to color for exactly the same reason as I note – they boost the mood. They make you stand out. And you get more for your money!

You might not be ready to go out and buy a whole new Spring wardrobe, but it’s easy to go with the trends and boost your spirits with some accessories and/or key items.

Add a splash of color to an otherwise neutral outfit and you suddenly have a complete new look. Even if you’ve worn the exact same shirt, shoes and pants together before but added a fun new jacket instead. Or, it could be an amazing statement necklace with a complimentary bangle bracelet to update the look.

While you’re at it, if you’re adding color through accessories on an otherwise neutral color palette (aka outfit), why not try an unexpected color combination. This is a great way to start playing with color. And trust me, once you start taking these steps in style, people will notice!

Some combos to get you thinking …

  • Primary colors Red, Blue and Yellow come together through accessories
  • Orange and Purple
  • Turquoise and Orange and Yellow
  • Purple and Red
  • …. You tell me what you’ve tried!

For a visual, check out above how Lela Rose played with color for her Spring 2010 collection.

Now, try and tell me you don’t feel like a whole new woman!

Taking leave of the Corporate Fashion Industry, Catherine Cassidy founded U*styled in 2008 to support busy women everywhere. YOU are our mission. U*styled is dedicated to empowering women and giving you the tools to discover the lifestyle you deserve through personal style. Her unique approach to Personal Styling and Brand Image has had her work across a broad range of industries and career stages including Real Estate, Finance, Consulting, Marketing, Advertising, Entertainment, Entrepreneurs and Celebrity Entrepreneurs.

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