The first day of Spring is this Sunday and I am beyond ready!!!!
Spring, for me, means lighter and brighter colors. Luckily, bold colors are huge this season. Want some inspiration for fresh ways to incorporate rainbow hues into your wardrobe, beauty routine and home?
InStyle’s April issue is all about color - here are a few ways to go for it!
Fashion: Denim To Dye For
“Jeans are an easy way to experiment with color blocking, a huge trend for Spring,” says N.Y.C. stylist Susan Joy, who has worked with Chloe Sevigny and Jessica Simpson. So think of yourself as a walking Rothko and match a bold pair with a solid top in a complementary hue: yellow with purple or peach with bright blue. You can also go the classic route and partner any of these jellybean-inspired jeans with a crisp white dress shirt.
Fashion: The Blue LBD
We’ll never give up our little black dresses, but this Spring’s hottest look is the gorgeous little blue dress. “Blue is modern and flattering,” says designer Isabel Marant, whose lacy indigo minidress perfectly complements “warm, sun-kissed skin.” Sapphire and cobalt shades work best with fair complexions; softer tones, like pool or cornflower, play nicely with peachy skin. The blues that look great on everyone? Sky, denim, navy and teal. When it comes to accessories, an array of metallics work. For your bag, opt for a bolt of red or yellow to really make a statement.
Beauty: You’ve Got Nail
Thanks to manicure mavericks Katy Perry and Rihanna, kooky nail-color combos are hotter than ever. The newest trend is the statement nail. “Paint eight nails in one color,” says Chanel nail artist Tom Bachik, “then use a bold shade on just your pinkies or ring fingers.” Try a creamy sea-foam green punctuated by metallic gold for an edgy, futuristic look. If that won’t fly at your office, stick with colors in the same family: Wear a soft peach as the main polish, then accent it with a deep coral. “The contrast is what makes this style really pop,” Bachik says.
Beauty: Bold Lips
Put down that nude lipstick, and take a chance on vivid purples, golds and oranges. “These are colors to have fun with,” says COVERGIRL Global Creative Design Director Pat McGrath. At night, ramp up the impact with highly pigmented lipsticks. For day, pick lighter glosses–except for orange. The citrus lip should always stand out, so choose an extra-potent orange gloss that won’t leave a wimpy wash.
Home: Tone Def
For interiors that make a sophisticated, color-saturated statement, N.Y.C. designer Steven Gambrel takes a paint-strip approach to each room, focusing on a single-hue family. He creates balance by using one of the softer shades on walls and the darker tones for the furniture, rugs and curtains. Molding or paneling should also be painted a lighter tint, says Gambrel. “It allows edges of the room to come forward and the center of the wall to recede, giving the space more dimension.”
For more colorful ideas, pick up the April issue of InStyle on newsstands today and go to www.InStyle.com.