Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Adding Brights to Your Wardrobe: The Cheap and Easy Way

Brights are the new trump card for spring and summer. You can still wear your Parisian-inspired striped tee, but it will not give you as much street cred as being a walking, talking cornucopia of color. The only problem is, if you are like me, your closet may feel a little one-sided in the color department. As much as I like to imagine myself as a person who loves color, looking into my closet has proven otherwise. Clearly, I have not been embracing the Fiestaware inside me.
 If you are in the same boat, do not go into panic mode. We will get through this together. Me and the Jackson Five are here for you. You do not have to replace your entire wardrobe to get with the trends this season. Here are some tips to help you add brights to your wardrobe, the cheap and easy way:


Buying basics is a lot cheaper than buying an expensive silk blouse or sweater. I got this bright tank from Old Navy on clearance for $13. It can be tucked into a skirt and worn with a blazer for a sharp look for work or with a bright pair of jeans or shorts for a more casual look.


Remember the 80s? They were not that long ago. Thrift stores have tons of brights from the 80s. I bought the tank from Old Navy during a buy one get one free sale, and the United Colors of Benetton skirt is consignment from Avalon.


Start building outfits by considering the brights you already have. With color blocking being at its peak right now, it's much cheaper to accomplish this look if you already have one part of it. I already had this Loft skirt from last year. I purchased this pink blouse from Forever 21 for $15.

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