Out Of The Box

By Sharon Mosley

April 7, 2014 3 min read

Color authorities may have pronounced radiant orchid the "it" color for spring and summer 2014, taking the place of last year's emerald green, but we all know that there are just too many crayons in the box to single out one or two colors of the moment. So for those of you who like to draw from a lot more color inspiration, here are some more ways to brighten up your wardrobe:

Start with blue. It's the perfect way to welcome spring. Perhaps Oscar-winning actress Lupita Nyong'o wore it best when she said her powder blue Prada gown reminded her of the color of the sky in her native Nairobi, Kenya. From pale sky blues to darker cobalts, blues are definitely making a statement on the fashion horizon.

Add a squeeze of citrus. Orange may be the new black, but there are lots of ways to get more citrus in your fashion diet this season. The sunny side of spring and summer packs a punch with everything from the brightest orange to the sunset hues that have an exotic desert feel to them. Pair your oranges with gold accessories for a rich finish.

Taste the mint. Mint is another way to add some delicious pastels to your wardrobe. Mint green brings a cool refreshing touch and looks great when mixed with darker turquoises and emeralds.

Think pink. Of course, what is spring fashion without a little pink passion? Radiant orchid is one of the "hottest" pinks, of course, radiating with purple undertones, but pale pink is also lightening up the color palette. Dusty roses are another way to do pink. Hey, guys, how about a rosy pink sport coat and powder-blue tie? Check out the collection at Burberry.

Go to the end of the rainbow. Talk about bright -- these colors pop! Saturated hues boldly go where pastels have never been before. Prada may have done it best with a rainbow of colorful designs in graphic prints and patterns, all mixed together.

You don't have to give up black. Many of us rely on basic black as a staple in our wardrobes all year. So when it comes to warmer weather, how do we update the favorite? This year, mix it with red and white. Red looks particularly hot when mixed with zebra prints or python accessories. Black also pairs well with bold blocks of cobalt blue.

Texture it with white. If white is your go-to neutral for spring, then you'll want to take it up a notch this time around. Experiment with whites in feel-good textures: lace, damask, chiffon. Wearing white from head to toe is a definite do this season.

Stay in neutral. The nudes, creams and tans are where it's at when it comes to neutrals this spring. These classics take the place of winter's blacks and grays and pair easily with any of the above color palettes. Remember to pick a neutral that flatters your skin tone.

Sharon Mosley's weekly column, "In Fashion," can be found at creators.com.

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