How do I wear that trend…colorblocking

Mar 23, 2012 by

One cool trend that was all over the Spring runways is colorblocking. It looks great on anyone because it’s as simple as combining two colors in a very deliberate but stylish way. However, it can easily go wrong so I wanted to reach out to an expert to get some tips for you. I had an opportunity to chat with Amber D., Fashion’s Bandaid, and she gave some great tips on how we can do colorblocking without breaking the bank or looking like we’re wearing a costume.

One of the latest trends this season is color blocking. We’ve seen it everywhere and worn in so many different ways.

Here’s a few simple ways to try this trend and look like a style aficionado!

Start by choosing your color palate and the area you like to play up most. I chose nudes, bolds/neons and pastels; all colors that are very big for Spring/Summer.

1.  Nudes are simple, sweet and sophisticated as well as this Spring’s alternative to white. Take a basic shift dress. It can be the foundation for your look. It’s best to keep your foundation simple so you can go big in another area

2.  Bolds/Neons are fun, funky and scream look at me! If you love and live in black, try navy for Spring. Take your favorite type of top: tank, crew, over-sized, boat neck or even a button down and you have your start. Neons are all the rage right now especially in denim skinnies! Pair your top with a pair of denim skinny jeans (if I am wearing skinnies, I go for an over-sized tee), chino shorts or maxi skirt. Add a ballet flat or sandals and a belt and you have achieved a bright/bold look that will keep eyes on you.

3.  Pastels can be tricky but if done the right way you can give boho chic instead of Easter peep. Peach, mint and sorbet all sound like delightful eats, but they really were the sweetest treats on the runways for the Spring. When wearing pastel colors, never be afraid to play up your pretty, girly, earthy side. Wear a light, airy dress (I like the maxi) or even a skirt. Play with layers (go on and be daring *giggles*). It’s okay to try light layers (lacy tank, light weight tee or crochet vest/cardigan) for this color grouping. Add a few bracelets, a scarf and a pair of your favorite sandals to complete this boho look that will keep you mellow all day.

With any look you may try there’s no right or wrong as long as you wear the fit best for your body and put on the most important piece of your look…your confidence! The rules are simple, color blocking is easy just go for it and have fun.

Just don’t over think it because when you over think it you over do it.

Make sure you follow Amber on twitter Amber_so_Quirky and thank her for these wonderful tips!

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How do I wear that trend…big, bright floral prints

Apr 23, 2011 by

There’s nothing more sunny than a pretty, summer dress. Whenever I wear one, I immediately feel more girly. One of this season’s trends are big, bright floral prints. One great way to incorporate this trend into your wardrobe is with a pretty dress with big, bright floral prints.

Now I do realize that the idea of floral prints may conjure up thoughts of Little House on the Prairie or Little Women but these new prints are much more colorful and pretty and less like you live in a two room house with outdoor plumbing. So I encourage you to dive into this trend with a dress first. Once you get a dress and realize how cool this trend can be, here are some other ways you can participate in it:

1. Accessories. Bright floral hair accessories, bracelets and rings can be very pretty. Plus it can add a wonderful pop of color to any outfit.

2. Shoes. Print pumps or wedges can be a very pretty addition to a basic outfit.

3. Skirt. If you find a skirt with one large flower or a really big floral pattern on it, buy it! You can really pretty up a plain t-shirt and basic flats with a bright, floral print skirt.

I would love to see how you incorporate this trend into your wardrobe. Please send pics to info {at} cluelessfashionista {dot} com and you could be featured in a round up post!

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How do I wear that trend…bright colors

Aug 7, 2008 by

As we slowly melt through the dog days of summer, bright colors are much more comfortable to wear than dark blues, blacks and browns.  You can keep those in the closet and dresser drawers.  The bright colors that were so popular this summer are still great to wear into the fall.  I know some of you may be a bit wary about wearing bright colors because they tend to draw attention to you.  So for those of you who are hesitant to break out the bright blues, oranges, yellows and reds, here are a few ways to incorporate them into your wardrobe and ease your way into bright color land.

1.  Accessories-You can safely add a pop of color to any outfit with a bright colored bracelet, earrings or necklace.  If you tend to lean more toward the neutral side of things with a lot of khaki, brown and off white, you can throw in a bright orange bracelet or earrings and add some dimension to your look.  If you lean more towards basic black (while it is a classic, it can become boring at times), you can toss any bright color in and it will work.

2.  Shoes-As a shoe lover, I am always excited at the prospect of putting on some fierce bright colored shoes and strutting my stuff all over the place.  However, I can understand that not everyone is like me so it’s ok if you take it slow.  Start with one pair of bright colored pumps and toss them in when you can.  Remember shoes don’t always have to “match”.  They just have to “go” with your outfit.  Your purse and shoes don’t have to match either so go all out.  But don’t be afraid to throw on some bright colored shoes to add some pop to your outfit.

3.  Hair pieces-A pop of color in your hair is a great way to ease into wearing bright colors.  You can start off really small and get a pack of headbands in a variety of colors and then go from them.  Be daring though.  Fashion is all about stepping outside of your comfort zone.  Put a brightly colored flower in your hair!

4.  Purses-Along with shoes, I also love purses.  However, I haven’t been as adventurous with my purses as I have been with my shoes.  I’m working on changing that.  Since your shoes and purse don’t have to match, this is a great way to add some bright color to your outfit.  If you don’t want to spend a lot on a brightly colored purse that you may not carry as often as your standard black purse, check out my favorite store, Target.  You can also check out Walmart, Kmart and Burlington Coat Factory for some cute but inexpensive purses.

I know some of you may be afraid that bright colors make you look washed out or as if you trying too hard.  If you sprinkle the bright colors in other places, they will compliment you and your outfit.  Don’t be shy! Give it a try! Share your bright color stories with us here.

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