Just because you're trying to make a good impression doesn't mean you can't have some fun with color. The secret to pulling off an eye-popping hue? Pair it with crisp, neutral pieces, such as a white button-up, a gold collar, and sleek nude pumps, à la Priscilla of Prissy Savvy. A tiny dose of leopard print ties the bright and subdued shades together perfectly.
Clockwise from top left: Clare Vivier Leopard Foldover Clutch, $210, available at Royztager; Forever 21 Boomerang Bib Necklace, $8.80, available at Forever 21; Moschino C&C Saffron Tailored Pants, $222, available at Stylebop; ALDO Livergnano Pumps, $80, available at ALDO; Mango Pocket Textured Chiffon Blouse, $39.99, available at Mango.
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Another easy way to showcase your personality? Slip into a statement skirt — in this case, a bold, midi-length circle skirt that's equal parts ladies-who-lunch and ahead-of-the-curve. Follow the example set by Poor Little It Girl blogger Cathy Anderson, and pair your graphic-print number with a feminine top, flattering ankle-strap heels, and a berry lip. And voilà, you're ready to roll!
Clockwise from top left: Marni Polka Dots Cotton Poplin Skirt, $710, available at LuisaViaRoma; River Island White Burnout Flower Embellished Front Top, $80, available at River Island; Ivanka Trump Fabian Ankle Strap High Heel Pumps, $135, available at Bloomingdale's; Anne Klein Silver-Tone and Black Watch With Leather Strap, $85, available at Lord & Taylor; cK one Color Pure Color Lipstick in Miss Me, $16, available at ULTA.
First off: This outfit, spied on Trisha Renee of Fashion According to the Menu, might seem like something from an advanced-placement course on personal style. But, when you break it down, it's not so hard — and it will work for every body type. Start with a bright, textured sweater — you might not be able to replicate Trisha's vintage paillette-embellished number, but a fuzzy or sequined option works just as well. Then, add a pencil skirt in a bold black-and-white print, and keep to the same color palette for your clutch. Finish with a nude lip and chic heels, and you're on-trend without seeming over-the-top.
Clockwise from top left: Topshop Boutique Brushed Mohair Jumper, $140, available at Topshop; Owls Wake Up Floral Damask Patterned Small Clutch, $20.57, available at Owls Wake Up; H&M Pencil Skirt, $17.95, available at H&M; Sara Happ The Lip Slip One Luxe Gloss, $18, available at Sara Happ; Urbanog Lulu-6 Strappy Lucite Pointy Toe Pump, $29.60, available at Urbanog.
It can be hard to dial down an edgier sense of style for more low-key occasions — after all, your S.O. loves the way you dress, right? So, if you're determined to incorporate a bit of flash into the look, we highly recommend the daytime-sequins route. This matte-ified take on glitz, inspired by Rock and Sole Style blogger Arlita, is A-OK for a casual brunch meeting with the 'rents, thanks to the girl-next-door appeal of a classic jean jacket and white tee. Add a pair of subtly sexy pumps and a timeless satchel, and no one will question your sparkle.
Clockwise from top left: Robert Rodriguez Distressed Sequin Track Pant; $159, available at Intermix; J.Crew Long-Sleeve Painter Tee, $25, available at J.Crew; Kate Spade Grove Court Maise Satchel, $348, available at Kate Spade; Mossimo Supply Co. Denim Jacket, $34.99, available at Target; Vince Anya Pump, $375, available at Piperlime.