When it comes to changing up your wardrobe, it’s easy to stay in your comfort zone. For a lot of us, that comfort zone is full of blacks, grays and navies. However, there are so many exciting, colorful options during the summer that it’s a shame if we don’t give them a chance. Here are a few ways to incorporate bright hues into your wardrobe this summer that even the most hesitant of us can rock:

Hot summer hues

Brightening your wardrobe isn’t just a way to jazz up an outfit. It can also be a mood-lifter, color therapy expert Constance Hart told Vogue.

“If you aren’t feeling centered or secure, black can feel like a security blanket,” she said. “For that reason, we see a lot of black in cities. In my work I try to help people move away from black because it can have a depressive quality to it. Color has an effect on our psyche, it’s always affecting us whether we are aware of it or not.”

So, what makes a color a summer color? While there is no set-in-stone definition of “summer colors,” the most common ones hitting runways for the season include jewel tones and pastels. Some hot shades this season consist of:

  • Cobalt
  • Coral
  • Seafoam green
  • Hot pink
Lajill Lace Trim Tunic in coral bright colors

Lajill Lace Trim Tunic

Accessorize with colors

There’s no shame in not being ready to take the plunge with red pants or a yellow top while still wanting to work a little bit of color into your wardrobe. That’s what accessories are for. A simple pair of pastel sunglasses or a neon purse can be all the color you need to make your outfit pop. You can even wear a turquoise statement necklace and matching earrings.

Multi-Color Necklace/Earring Set

Multi-Color Necklace/Earring Set

Make your shoes the star

Fun shoes are one of the best ways to take an outfit to the next level. Whether you want to play it cool with a pair of Ryka tennis shoes or dress it up with some bold wedge heels, choosing a brightly colored pair with an otherwise subdued outfit is the ultimate way to make sure they’re the first thing people notice about your ensemble.

beaded, bright colors thong sandals

Sandy Thong

“Patterns are a good way to work color into your outfit.”

Embrace patterns

Wearing patterns like florals and polka dots is a great way to embrace summer fashion without being too bold. A flower-print sun dress or a polka dot pair of capris gives you an instant summery look, especially paired with some stylish beaded sandals.

Abstract Print Dress in bright blue print

Abstract Print Dress

Stay in one color family

A more daring way of incorporating colors into your wardrobe is to go head to toe in the same color family. For example, you could wear a burgundy skirt, a peach blouse and pink heels. Another outfit idea is wearing a pair of blue jeans with a baby blue top and navy embellished flats. Keeping an outfit all warm or all cool is a good way to be colorful without looking like you’re clashing.

Pick a color for yourself

When shopping for brightly colored staples for the first time, it can be intimidating to figure out exactly what shades work best with your skin type. Hold the blouse or dress up to your face and look in the mirror. If it makes you look washed out, it might be too bold of a color for you, but if it makes your eyes pop, you should make a beeline for the register!

Another classic way to choose colors to wear is to go by your hair color. Natural brunettes tend to gravitate toward reds, while blues flatter blondes, and redheads look good in greens.

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