Warm weather means bright colors, crisp whites and metallic accents. The window displays in the mall or your local shopping district change color regularly, but it only takes a few smart choices to keep your wardrobe looking fresh and seasonal all summer long. I have created three color palettes (that all have overlap) that will make it easier for you to raid your own closet and buy fun accent pieces.
I love the impact of coral with navy, but the duo wouldn't be possible without the supporting role of a bright, summer white backdrop. It is easier to mix these two bold colors when one of them is done in a print. A navy & white striped dress will look fantastic set against a coral jacket or belt. Finish with jewelry accents in a warm gold tone.
After you create your favorite navy and white outfits, switch up your accent color with a fun citrine. This yellow-green color is an unexpected pop, yet it finds its way into stores like clockwork every spring. Citrine looks great with navy, white and grey which makes it perfect for the season. (Just keep it away from your black suits because the often neon nature of the color can be harsh against black.) Choose silver for your jewelry accents with this color palette since the colors are cool and crisp.
When wearing any of these color palettes, I try to incorporate at least print or pattern to break up the big blocks of colors. Also, try playing with texture to give more visual interest.
White is not the only great summer neutral. Taupes and khakis also are big players during warm weather, especially in pants since not everyone likes to wear white pants. Since taupe has a warm undertone, I like to pair it (almost) exclusively with other warm colors. I chose oranges and yellows here, but this could also be done with pinks and corals. These warm colors work equally well with silver and gold accents so be bold and mix your finishes. Try wearing several bracelet bangles on one wrist, alternating between silver and gold.
What other summer colors do you love that you have trouble mixing and matching with?