There’s no better way to dress for spring than with bright color-blocking. TFS gave you some color combo ideas, but if you’re still not sure how to work the bright look, take a cue from Solange Knowles, Jessica Alba, and Camilla Belle, three stars who never have to ask, “Does this match?”
Tip #1: A lemon meringue dress is made even sunnier with pink.
Solange Knowles has been color blocking since before it was a trend, which might explain how casually cool she looked at the Tiffany & Co. launch party in NYC. Her lemon yellow Christopher Kane dress had trendy details like a pleated skirt, asymmetrical hem, and halter neckline, but it was her pairing with a bubblegum pink clutch and multi-hued Fendi sandals that really made this look pop. Knowles is as unafraid to mix metals as she is colors—her chunky gold cuff and silver ring added just enough glam.
Tip #2: Contrast bright pieces with monochrome cap toes.
Jessica Alba couldn’t show up to her own stylist Brad Goreski’s book launch looking anything but fabulous—she did just that by color blocking with tomato red trousers, an aqua top, and yellow satchel. The actress perfectly offset the primary color palette with monochrome Giuseppe Zanotti cap toe heels, a trending shoe among celebs.
1. Armani Exchange Capri Pant – $78; 2. Ruby’s Closet Cowl Neck Top – $47.92; 3. Lacoste Cavalier 2 Slip On Shoes – $107.43; 4. Topshop Clean PU Biker Jacket – $110; 5. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Newbury Leather Crossbody Bag – $178
Tip #3: Combine silky fabrics in sherbert colors.
Camilla Belle’s Gucci Spring 2012 look might’ve been ahead of its time when she wore it at the Gucci & RocNation Pre-Grammy event last year, but it’s right on target for this season. You don’t need to be able to afford designer duds to imitate Belle’s ensemble—simply spin the color wheel, look for bold pieces in silky fabrics, and add a statement gold belt.
1. ASOS Lion Head Chain Belt – $27; 2. By Malene Birger Jenana Slouch Harm Pants – $275; 3. Pim & Larkin Colette Blazer – $79; 4. Parker Surplice Neck Blouse – $187; 5. Nine West Intuitive Sandal – $80