21 Ways to Wear Spring's Hottest Colors

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From hot pink to shocking chartreuse, here's how to add spring's freshest runway hues to your wardrobe, whether with a full-on bright look or a bold accessory.





#1: Hot Pink


Instead of an LBD for your next outing, try out an LPD — a little pink dress screams "spring," especially in a bold sorbet shade. 


Left: Christopher Kane Spring 2011.



#2: Hot Pink


Hot pink doesn't only complement neutrals. Mix the bright hue with other equally-bold colors like orange, green and indigo. The trick to avoid looking clownish is all about the silhouettes — keep them straight and narrow all the way. 

Left: Jil Sander Spring 2011.


#3: Hot Pink


Not ready for a complete pink commitment? Try it on your lips first. We recommend an ultra-bright hue, like MAC Show Orchid.



#4: Bright Blue

This season's bright whites and creamy nudes are just asking for a pop of color on your arm. An eye-catching tote in an shocking shade of blue is a chic answer. 

Left: Marc by Marc Jacobs Spring 2011.



#5: Bright Blue

A pool-blue blazer is a fresh update on the beloved navy schoolboy version.

Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim.


#6: Bright Blue

Spice up your evening wardrobe with a cerulean dress in a satiny finish.

Left: Miu Miu Spring 2011.



#7: Chartreuse

Spring for a neon messenger bag. It's low on commitment, but high on impact. 

Left: Proenza Schouler.


#8: Chartreuse

Take on the season's maddest shade in a dainty silhouette. A skirt suit or slip dress adds a soft touch to the over-the-top color. 

Left: Christopher Kane Spring 2011.


#9: Chartreuse

Hesitant to invest in head-to-toe neon? Try easing into the trend with fluorescent accessories like a belt or clutch — they flawlessly complement khaki. 

Left: Burberry Prorsum Spring 2011.



#10: White

Keep things crisp with a tailored sleeveless trench.

Left: Derek Lam.


#11: White

Ace the balletic look with a pleated white dress. The midi hemline looks demure with classic flats. 

Left: ChloƩ Spring 2011.


#12: White

Try wearing the shade head-to-toe. Slouchy separates in a monochromatic palette feel louche and not the least bit contrived. 

Left: Alexander Wang Spring 2011.

#13: Tan


A classic trench makes for everlasting style.

Left: Alexa Chung.



#14: Tan

Try mixing different shades of tan to add dimension to your look. 

Left: 3.1 Phillip Lim.

#15: Tan


A classic piece of leather jewelry lends chic cred to any outfit. Offset the neutrality of the shade with bold metallic accents. 

Left: Tods bracelet.



#16: Red

Size up the season with a petite pick-it-up-and-go purse. 

Left: Prada Spring 2011.


#17: Red

Go full-on romantic with lacy looks. 

Left: Erdem Spring 2011.


#18: Red

Try tailored red trousers on for size.

Left: DKNY pants.


#19: Gold

Coin pendants are a classic worth reviving, while bold bib shapes are here to stay. 

Left: Stella McCartney coin pendant; Etro necklace.


#20: Gold

Athletic-inspired sweatshirt knits ground flashy metallics.

Left: Michael Kors Spring 2011.


#21: Gold


Try a gold-accented satchel for a touch of glam during the day. 

Left: ChloƩ bag.

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