How to Style Bright Colors for Fall

Style Pink, Red & Orange For Fall

I loved almost all of the Fall / Winter trends that came down the runway this season because, with the exception of red boots (I’m totally lost on this one!), I’ve been rocking these styles on and off for all of my 20s! Isn’t it nice that fashion is cyclical and you never have to worry about those pieces you borrowed from your mom eventually coming back en vogue?! (I’m looking at you, 1980s shoulder pads!). My favorite trend though would have to be the combining of red, orange and pink! This is such a fun fusion of shades and has always been a love of mine because it’s reminiscent of my favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day! While I don’t believe this should be a daunting or difficult look to wear, I do have a few tips for keeping it chic and street-style-esque and not looking too trendy!

Style Pink, Red & Orange For Fall

  • If you’re going to mix pink, red and orange, only mix those three colors. Any added accents will just make the outfit look too busy. These three colors are in the same family, so even though they are each quite bright, the complement and don’t compete for attention.
  • Keep things interesting with textures: Since this is a Fall look we can add in fur, velvet, crystals, leather and woven materials like tweed and wool to cool down warmer weather colors like pink and orange.
  • Choose one color to be the main palette and accent with the other two. For example my outfit collage above shows red as the main color, and pink and orange as the accents.
  • Choose the brightest color for the body part you want to show off. Have a killer set of legs, but are trying to disguise your stomach? Find a pair of high-waist orange trousers to elongate and bring attention to your legs, and accent with orange heels to keep those leg lines long, accent with pink jewelry, pink blouse and a top off with a short, red coat. The brightest color (orange) will draw the most attention and the darkest color (red) will give the illusion of a smaller area in comparison.
  • Don’t be afraid! If you’re like me, and typically wear dark colors even in Summer, ease yourself into this style by wearing the color you feel most comfortable with on the majority of your body (example: a pink dress with pink shoes), then accent with the other colors in tiny doses (example: red nails and lips and an orange bracelet).
  • Have fun with it! Because this is a cyclical trend (color-blocking bright colors was very popular in late 80s & early 90s!) you can probably raid the back of your own closet, thrift stores, consignment shops, and places like thredUP to find an entire look for under $100! The dress and jacket in my collage at the beginning of this post are both second hand finds I purchased from thredUP!

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