Want To Wear More Color? Here's 9 Easy Ways To Brighten Your Look

Change isn’t easy. For example, if you’re the owner of a mostly-neutral wardrobe, incorporating color can feel a lot like uprooting your world and moving to a new city. Not to worry, the solution is to start with baby steps: a shot of color here, a bright lip there. It’s these simple additions that can act as the perfect antidote to an otherwise somber repertoire. 

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    If, figuratively speaking, your color blind, we have the guide for you. Whether you want to start small or dive in head first, these celeb and street style-inspired tips will help you master bright hues in no time at all. 

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    PHOTO: SAV/FilmMagic

    Take It From The Top

    A slouchy knit cap is already a season staple, so why not pick one up in an electric shade? You’ll be surprised how easy it is to incorporate this piece into your weekend wardrobe. 

    On Fearne Cotton: The Kooples hat

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    Free People

    Capsule Slouchy Beanie ($28)

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    PHOTO: Ako/Splash News

    Color Coat(ed)

    A Technicolor coat can turn your ensemble up to 11, whether you’re adding a jolt of illuminating color to all-black separates or an interesting contrast to other vibrant hues.

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    H&M

    Boxy Coat ($129)

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    PHOTO: GUTS RAAK/AKM-GSI

    In The Bag

    If you prefer to keep your clothing in the neutral zone, a bright bag can work as the ideal energizing element.

    On Gwyneth Paltrow: Balenciaga Traveller Rouge Braise Backpack ($1395)

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    Elizabeth and James

    Cynnie Sling Bag ($545)

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    PHOTO: Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Audi

    Sealed With A Kiss

    For a wash of color, try a bright lip; it’s subtle, yet still eye catching. Classic red is universally flattering, but if you’re really feeling bold, get a jump on spring’s key runway trend and try a shade of orange.

    On Ashley Madekwe: Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil ($25) in Dragon Girl

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    Urban Decay

    Revolution Lipstick ($22) in 69

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    See And Be Seen

    Bet you didn’t think about this one. Mirrored lenses are the understated cool your winter (yes, winter!) wardrobe is begging for.

    On Zina Charkopia: Spektre sunglasses

    Fashion Vibe

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    Wildfox

    Steff Deluxe Mirror Sunglasses ($179) in Blue/Black

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    Sure Footed

    A black and white color palette happens to be the perfect canvas for showing off bright heels. In other words: let your shoes do all the talking.

    On Kristina Bazan: Zara heels

    Kayture

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    Michael Kors

    Casey Suede Strappy Sandals ($395)

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    Mint Condition

    This tip is probably the easiest way to brighten up your look. A whisper of color on your nails is enough to make people do a double take.

    On Annabelle Fleur: Butter London Nail Lacquer ($15) in Slapper

    Viva Luxury

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    Essie

    Nail Polish ($9) in Naughty Nautical

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    PHOTO: JD/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

    Emerald City

    Love your wear-with-anything black coat? Wake it up with a textured scarf in a rich jewel tone.

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    Nasty Gal

    Bernadette Faux Fur Scarf ($30)

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    PHOTO: Steve Granitz/WireImage

    Play It By Ear

    Simply put: dramatic ear ornamentation in attention-grabbing colors like turquoise immediately up the wow factor.

    On Emma Roberts: Neil Lane diamond, turquoise, and platinum chandelier earrings.

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    Oscar de la Renta

    Faceted Chandelier Clip-On Earrings ($395)

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