I’ve been on this summer color quest lately– what defines a summer color? Am I maximizing items in my closet, making sure not to ignore colors that work year-round? What can I mix and match that I haven’t before? Lots of questions coming out of the Fashion Closet lately.
The Prada RTW Spring 2011 runway has been a bit of an inspiration for my Summer 2011 wardrobe via the bright color combo of orange and pink. I hadn’t thought to put these colors together before, and years ago I likely thought orange and pink clashed. But the color blocking trend is front and center, and matching unexpected shades. Prada’s orange and pink version includes some black, but I think this trend works with or without. The result is a super juicy, very summer-esque combo that begs to be both on the beach or out on the town.
Below are some choices for going all orange ‘n pink:
1. Sigerson Morrison fringed sandal ($250)
2. Dorothy Perkins striped dress ($64)
3. Ralph Lauren Rick bikini ($205)
4. Aeropostale dress ($40)
5. Old Navy cocktail ring ($9.50)
6. Meredith Wendell leather-trimmed raffia duffel bag ($595)
7. Nine West Stylin’ sandal ($89)
8. Calico Juno Carnelian drop earrings ($68)
The closest item to the Prada runway would be this version from Dorothy Perkins (2). A cute color combo on a sophisticated dress. Perfect for the office, a summer wedding or date night. Throw a plaid-patterned cotton dress (4) over your swim suit, or wear it during the weekend errand-run.
Speaking of bikinis, how fun is this number from Ralph Lauren (3)? The orange, pink and white combo will enhance your tan, for sure.
Take a pair of drop earrings (8) and a bright cocktail ring (5) and wear them with everything from your little black dress to a pair of denim cutoffs and a white tank.
One can never have too many shoes (or at least that’s what I keep telling myself), so why not indulge in a pair of fringed flats (1)? I’d wear these with a maxi skirt, or with skinny denim on a cooler summer night. And how can you resist a pair of color blocked heels (7)? I’d rock these all summer (and into fall, actually, as the orange and pink are a bit deeper/less neon).
And if you’re looking a weekender bag or a carry-all, try this Meredith Wendell on for size (6). I love how bright the color pops against the simple raffia base.
Orange and pink is my new jam. Are you game for trying it?