Sunday, January 18, 2015

Inspiration: Wear a Bright Color (PMT Style Challenge #2)

Can I say how PROUD I am of everyone who broke out a dress last week for the first PMT Style Challenge?  I was so encouraged by you guys and I'm excited that some of you are already doing this week's challenge, which is to wear a bright color.

Whether you're in full winter mode or in summer (hello, southern hemisphere folks!) it's time to wear a bright color!  I personally find it harder to get myself to wear bright colors in the winter.  Not that it can't be done.  It TOTALLY can be--and should be!--but unless I make a conscious effort to do it, it probably won't happen.  Last year I wrote a post about wearing a bright blazer in the winter talking about just that. 

I've rounded up some inspiration for how you can incorporate a color into an outfit.  I'll be honest, when I created this round up I thought the prompt was a pop of color, not a bright color...so some of these (#2 and #3) are not very bright at all.  Haha, oops!  Just use the same idea with a different color.   Ain't nobody got time to recreate a collage! 

Original Posts:
one  |  two  |  three  |  four
five  |  six  |  seven  |  eight

Top Row: Accessories
If you're phobic about bright colors, the easiest way to do it is to just make it one pop of color, and do it in an accessory.  Above I show a color in the form of a belt, a scarf, tights (mostly covered by a dress--suuuuuuuper cheating and safe ;)---and shoes.  In all of the pictures, the rest of the outfit is made of neutrals.  

To try it yourself: Take any outfit of all neutrals and choose just ONE accessory to be a bright color!

Bottom Row: Garments
These are examples of incorporating a bright color with a garment.  Pants, a blazer, a sweater, a cardigan, a skirt--anything is fair game!  Again, keeping the rest of your outfit neutral will make it easy to incorporate a bright color.  

Not Shown: Colors In Multiple Places!
If you want to get a little more color in, one way is to wear one bright piece and wear another accessory in the same color.  In THIS OUTFIT I wore a cobalt blazer and matching shoes.  In THIS OUTFIT I wore a green cardigan with a matching belt.

THIS OUTFIT incorporates a couple of different colors, a yellow cardigan and mint flats, plus pinks in the top.  The easiest way to do that is to wear an item with a colorful print and pull out colors from the print to use in other parts of the outfit.

I used to wear a ton of color, but lately I've been on a neutral kick.  I felt like a different part of my brain turned on for this week's challenge!  Haha.  Probably a good thing.  :)

For the list of upcoming style challenges and other info on it, see HERE.  Post anytime this week, and use #PMTstylechallenge on Instagram whenever you post, and/or link up here on Thursday!  


  1. I love adding a bright color to any outfit during the winter. Our days are so long and dreary around here and I love to see color right now! Your printed pants in #7 are my favorite!! I hope they still carry them!! Susan

  2. Yaaa for color. It's my happy place (and my comfort zone). Love all the examples!


  3. LovelyLittleNaomiMonday, January 19, 2015

    I'm doing two this week! First one is from yesterday, and another one in a couple days. https://lovelylittlenaomi.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/cherry-pop/

  4. Ohhh...I'm going to have to find sometime I'm actually leaving the house this week to try this...my wardrobe has fast become mostly neutrals since those tend to be easiest to mix and match as I rebuild my closet. But I know I have something...

  5. Love all of your outfits and your new style challenge! Hope you get back into the colors! :)
    Positively Stephanie

  6. So excited for this week's challenge! I wanted to do last week's, but I just couldn't stomach a dress when it was -10.

  7. I have on a mint cardigan from Maurices, Laura Conrad pleated blouse white with black polka dots, and black skinny jeans from Target. Of course I am wearing my brown riding boots!

  8. I'm doing this one today- Gray short sleeve sweater with hot pink belt around the waist, black skirt with white polka dots, black tights, and black ballet flats.

  9. This is the second one!


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