The colors we wear have a way of indicating what season we're in. Muted, neutral tones often signal the rainy months (winter, in other parts of the world), and vibrant, colorful hues are usually associated with summer. With the latter upon us, it only makes sense to don outfits that will have you looking just as bright as the sun.
Ahead, we run down 12 color-packed OOTDs that'll have you looking fresh for the months to come. Whether you're heading to an island getaway or not, these are the looks you should take note of.
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1. Bikini Top + Tie-Dye Denim Shorts + Beaded Necklace + Tinted Sunnies + Fuzzy Bucket Hat
Need a cover-up for when you get out of the pool? Ditch the bath robe and make a fresh new outfit out of your 'kini! Match the tones of your top with a pair of shorts and throw on some shades, a necklace, and perhaps even a hat to cap things off!
2. Printed Maillot + Flowy Maxi Skirt + Stacked Necklaces + Tinted Sunnies + Headscarf + Tote Bag
A daintier way to dress up a swimmie is to slip it over a maxi skirt in an equally fun and vibrant hue. Like we just said, it's summer, so by all means, go all-out with the accessories!
3. Asymmetrical Crop Top + High-Waisted Trousers + Heeled Boots + Handbag
For nights out around the city, stand out from the crowd and don an ultra-colorful ensemble. Spruce up a crop top with high-waisted trousers and boots, and house all of your essentials in a cute mini bag. Don't hesitate to pair jewel-toned pieces with pastels and other color families; you'll never know what'll look good on you!
4. Maillot + Shorts + Linen Button-down + Beaded Necklace + Shades + Crossbody Bag
Strolling around town can totally get you heated, which makes airy pieces made out of linen your best friends. Layering a loose-fitting button-down over your 'fit can turn it into a trifecta of fetching hues!
5. Floral Maillot + Denim Shorts + Oversized Blazer + Block Heels + Shades + Handbag
While it may be a bit intimidating to style a printed one-piece for your everyday affairs, an easy way to do so is to couple it with neutrals. Put on a pair of white denim shorts and a cream-hued blazer for a chic brunch-ready OOTD. If you feel like you have the hang of it already, try color-blocking with your shoes and bag.
6. Halter Top + High-Waisted Shorts + Dad Sneakers + Bucket Hat + Handbag
To ease yourself into multi-hue dressing, start by pairing pieces in complementary colors (a.k.a. ones that are opposite each other on the color wheel). Blue and orange always look great together, for example. A fail-safe halter top and shorts combo can be elevated just by having it in this tonal pairing!
7. Striped Sleeveless Top + Trousers + Sneakers
Another way to incorporate color into your looks is to rock prints that are already infused with them. Hunt for striped or maybe even polka-dotted tops that come in delectable candy hues. All you'll need to do is wear them with a go-to pair of trousers or jeans, and you're set.
8. Cropped Tank Top + Overshirt + Wide-Legged Trousers + Kitten Heels + Stacked Necklaces + Shoulder Bag
A little bit of layering for date nights is always a good idea. Take a plain tank top and use it as base for an eye-catching button-down and a roomy pair of pants. To elongate your legs even more, rock a pair of heels. Plus points if they add another hint of color to the look.
9. Cropped Cardigan + Plaid Peg Pants + Mules + Crossbody Bag
In some instances, the pants can do all of the talking in an OOTD. Like stripes and polka dots, plaid also lends itself to being a multi-tone print. Team your plaid pants with a cute cardigan top, slip into some mules, and you've got an ensemble that's perfect for chill afternoons.
10. Sweater Vest + Trousers + Pearl Necklace + Handbag
The sweater vests you usually reserve for a colder climate can still have a place in your sunny season wardrobe. To make the preppy closet essential more summer-appropriate, don it in playful tones and prints. A neutral pair of bottoms would let it take center stage in a 'fit.
11. Cropped Tank Top + Tie-Dye Jeans and Jacket Set + Sneakers + Shades + Crossbody Bag
Tie-dye just automatically puts us in a summer state of mind. If you've got an upcycled pair of jeans or a jacket (or both), now is the optimal time to rock them. Wear them with a neutral top to balance out the colors and grab a crossbody bag in a shade that will complement it.
12. Tank Top + Painted Jeans + Sneakers + Shades + Handbag
Like those that are tie-dyed or bleached, we're also big fans of painted jeans. They add heaps of character to the style staple, and not to mention, DIY-ing them is a great activity for the weekends. For your OOTDs, coordinate your top with one of the colors on the denim for a fresh, casual outfit that you'd want to wear over and over again.
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