I Live In Neutrals, But These 9 Vibrant Outfits Are Converting Me to Color

If you were a take a peek inside my closet, you’d find an occasionally neat row of color-coordinated clothes mostly in beige, white, and black (with a small section dedicated to barely worn colorful prints). But don’t get me wrong; I absolutely adore color, and I’m obsessed with seasonal runway color trends. (Spring has a great lineup, by the way.) It's just that I barely wear color myself. I tend to stick with tried-and-true neutrals that are easy to throw on and go. And while you certainly can’t ignore the fashion world’s love of beige, the latest wave of street style outfits has me seriously reconsidering my color game. My saved Instagrams are rife with rainbow-hued ensembles that boost my mood on even the dreariest of winter days.

Today, I’m sharing some of my favorite bold and bright outfits I’ve spotted this past month. Whether it’s a pop of hot pink paired with neutrals or a head-to-toe yellow outfit, scroll below for the most striking colorful outfits that are converting me to color.

Striking and surprisingly easy to wear, Pantone's Color of the Year—classic blue—looks just as chic paired with yellow, beige, and orange as it does in a monochrome head-to-toe outfit. For a bold look, pair tailored trousers with a turtleneck, and break up the color with black accessories. 

Hot pink is everywhere right now, but if you don't want to go full head to toe, it also pairs beautifully with all shades of beige or brown. Opt for a statement pink coat to wear over neutrals, or allow a pop of pink to poke through your blazer.

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Even on a rainy day, this outfit is sure to brighten your mood. Yellow had a moment on the S/S 20 runways, from richer saffron to soft and delicate pastels, and it pairs particularly well with cinnamon-brown shades. Try a yellow coat and brown pants for a chic look that will get you in the mood for spring.

I never tend to reach for green, but this outfit is making me reconsider. A green floral maxi dress looks gorgeous against dark camel and burnt orange. While it's still cold out, layer a green floral frock over a turtleneck and under a puffer coat. Finish the look with tan boots—the perfect outfit to transition you from winter to spring.

A pop of fiery red always turns heads. Pair it with a pastel purple for a look that will take you from meetings to margaritas in utmost style. Finish the look with a colorful green bag.

For those of us looking for a subtler integration into color, I highly suggest a minty pale green or pistachio—a flattering color on every skin tone. Try the color in the form of a striped ribbed knit dress, which was a huge trend we saw on the S/S 20 runways.

I own zero orange clothes in my wardrobe, but this charming apricot outfit is making me fall hard for the hue. The sneakers give the striking ensemble a casual touch, but I could easily see it worn with heels for a special event or wedding.

Voluminous puff sleeves, a chic tie-neck bow, and a striking fuchsia pink will convince even the most devout minimalist to experiment with the vibrant hue.

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Here's an eye-catching outfit if there ever was one. Start with a bright and bold orange turtleneck, which works wonderfully under a classic blue blazer. At this point, you can either add jeans or wear it with trending snake-print long shorts. Because why not?

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