Color seems to wrap up this fashion season in a pretty package.
Soft tints, bold brights and electric neons wash over shaped jackets, lace, laser cuts, cropped skinny jeans, snakeskin prints, ankle-strap sandals, chunky necklaces, slim clutches and leather.
Color is the trend that layers over all the other trends this spring and summer, said Eden Turrentine, manager for Liberte at Classen Curve.
Bright colors, including emerald green, Pantone's Color of 2013, get much of the attention. Green and red are important, but Turrentine said women are slipping into yellow and cobalt blue.
“Black combined with cobalt blue is so strong,” she said.
Even in New York, where black reigns, women are welcoming cobalt as their favorite bright.
“Of course, being in this part of the country, we embrace bright color more easily than anyplace else,” she said.
And this season, there's more color to embrace, from bold purple, poppy, green, turquoise, yellow and tangerine to mint green, blue and coral pastels to glow-in-the-dark pink and orange neon. Depending on your color comfort level, you can rock it in a yellow jacket or just tiptoe into the trend with sandals or an enamel bracelet.
“Colors almost have electricity to them. They're so intense and pigmented. Really rich and deep,” Turrentine said.
“Colors are being used in a very powerful way, almost in the way you wear black. … Usually color is used in a very pretty way. I'm not saying it's not pretty, but it's being used more in a power aspect.”
No matter the trends, some women will always prefer neutral-colored clothing, but a bit of color on a necklace or shoes can give style and spark to any outfit without screaming “trendy.”
And as popular and dramatic as black and white clothing combinations are this season, some women choose to finish the look with colorful accessories just because it's fun and maybe a little unexpected.
“Look around and you can tell it's a black and white season; however, there's still the continuation of neons along with the new faded brights in shades of coral and green,” said Jane Webb, owner of CK & Co. in Nichols Hills Plaza.
Walking into her store is like opening a big box of Crayons with color spilling out everywhere.
A new take on pastels is to wear two different hues together, such as mint jeans with a soft peach top.
And don't think colorful clothes must be paired with subtle makeup. The trend is either very nude or very extreme in makeup, said Alex Mendez-Kelley, owner of The MakeUp Bar. “I personally think you can mix both.”
Even with bright clothing, Mendez-Kelley said, she's a big fan of a pop of color on the face. “I like bright cream blush in hot pink.”
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