16 Outfits That Prove The More Color, The Better

On Saturday, July 15, Curlfest brought together thousands in Prospect Park to celebrate natural hair and diversity with good food, exclusive beauty products, and shopping set to the sounds of a DJ that kept the crowd rocking. Literally. This is the fourth year in a row that the Curly Girl Collective, a marketing group that specializes in multicultural beauty, has put on the event, and it was the biggest and best yet.

“It started as just an idea and it’s grown exponentially every year,” Charisse Higgins, Curly Girl Collective’s director of public relations, told Refinery29. “We realized when we were on the stage and when were swag surfing that we are touching lives in remarkable ways. There is a need for this.” A need that’s made all the more clear in our country’s political climate.

“We just want people to recognize that we are beautiful,” Higgins continued. “Black women and women of color are dope. I sometimes, we don’t understand that being in a work setting and not being the majority and being in the minority sometimes we don’t stand in our dopeness, and this is an opportunity for us to look around and admire in our likeness that are amazing. That should be celebrated.”

As image activist, writer, and cultural commentator Michaela Angela Davis said: “Whenever there has been a dark time in history, Black people create beauty. And [today], is really about Black women.” And the women at Curlfest reminded us that all you need to compliment your sun-kissed skin this summer are bright and bold colors and prints. Click on to see the outfits that inspired us.

Curly Girl Collective's Charisse Higgins’ green earrings play off her Tribal Groove dress, adding just a hint of color.
Inject personality into your wardrobe with a printed jumpsuit like the thrifted option Brittany Rowe is wearing. (P.S.: It's from Goodwill!).
Activist and model Ebonee Davis reminded us that stripes pack just the right amount of punch in her Fe Noel jumpsuit.
Tanisha Ince's pleated New York & Company skirt is just the right amount of shine against her Fashion Nova top.
Nathalie Etienne's Martine's Dream dress is a great breathable option for summer, especially when worn with a simple pair sandals.
Ashley August's orange crop top and head scarf didn't sacrifice style for comfort, and we love that.
The designers behind clothing line Banafrit were all smiles as they showed off their work.
Nikki Buchanan rivaled the sun in a bright yellow dress from the Fulton Mall in Brooklyn and kicks from Fabric Surplus.
Linda Larrymore's less-is-more-approach in a Gap skirt and Loft shirt is chic.
Nia Craig's pants she bought at from a street vendor are an eye-full in the best way.
We can't help but love Kia Marie's mash-up of prints: Her Zara top and Topshop shorts are seamlessly brought together with her vintage kimono.
There is no way to blend in wearing Anjie Best's yellow American Apparel top (R.I.P.) and Rothco pants. But then again, why would you want to?
Ilianna Ayala showed off her curls in a breezy Zellie For She dress.
Michelle Hunter's Madrag printed dress is a cool way to beat the heat.
Chantal Bookah's took the flowers in her hair to a new level by coordinating them with her Forever 21 top and skirt.
How's this for coordination: M'heri Jackson matched her hair to her dress.