Let's face it: Sometimes the old everyday black and beige or gray and blue combos can be a whole lotta boring. With bold color-blocking continuing to be a strong trend for spring and summer, we decided to choose a few unorthodox color combos for spring that pushed the fashion envelope just enough. From Céline's gorgeous oxblood leather and cornflower blue to Marc Jacobs' sunny satiny pink and cool melon, these punchy pairings signal a new season of dress-up is here...finally!
Royal Blue and Crimson—It's time to make Independence Day, every day. Royal blue and crimson look best when worn in bright blocks of color. Try mixing them in a print, like this Thakoon dress, too.
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Above, from left: Thakoon fall '11, image via Style.com; Mara Hoffman Red Picnic Dress, $250, available at Bonadrag; YSL Opal Lapis, $290, available at CultStatus; +J Tailored Blazer, $43.87, available at Uniqlo stores.
Burnt Orange and Khaki—We loved how these nubby burnt orange pants looked with a structured camel coat. Take this look into spring with a brushed silk dress and a lightweight trench.
Above, from left: Burberry fall '11, image via Style.com; AllDressedUp Silk Crepe Dress, $230.79, available at The Outnet; Betsey Johnson Women's Rectangle Sunglasses, $55, available at Endless; Cooperative Trench Coat, $49.95, available at Urban Outfitters.
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Orange and Fuchsia —The trick to making this look work is to choose rich materials. A silk, glossy leather, or shantung keep the combo from making you look like you shop in the Juniors' department.
Above, from left: Marc Jacobs fall '11 ad; Madewell Silk Safari Shirt, $98, available at Madewell; Adam Tie-Front Skirt, $154.26, available at The Outnet; ModCloth Upwardly Mobile Satchel, $134.99, available at ModCloth.
Pink and Caribbean Green—If there's ever a time to mix your neons, it's now. Acid pinks and greens can be great friends, but remember to anchor it with black or another neutral.
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Above, from left: Jil Sander fall '11, image via Style.com; Forever21 Cuffed Linen Shorts, $15.80, available at Forever21; Wildfox Leopard Sweater, $107, available at Boutique To You.
Red Orange and Yolk Yellow‐We love primary colors with a jewel-tone twist. This red orange and yolk yellow combo just begs for small accents of royal blue and forest green, like in this Bally ad.
Above, from left: Bally spring '11 ad; Dona Monroe Curved Hem Skirt, $270, available at Steven Alan; ArynK Daffodil Silk Top, $95, available at Nastygal; Zara Fashion City Bag, $149, available at Zara.
Oxblood and Cornflower—This pairing makes us weak at our knees! A deep, rich leather oxblood piece just begs for a lively cornflower blue.
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Above, from left: Celine spring '11, image via Style.com; Topshop Berry Leather Shorts, $110, available at Topshop; Alexander Wang Rocco Brick Bag, $1,077, available at Montaigne Market; McQ Silk-Blend Tuxedo Shirt, $280, available at The Outnet.
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