Let’s talk colorblocking. You’ve seen it practically everywhere. But if you’re more of a monochromatic type of person, all those bright colors may seem like a little too much. We assure you – it isn’t. The trick to perfecting spot-on combinations is in the color circle (really).

For no-fail pairings, just choose complementary colors, or hues within the same family (like red and pink). Still afraid of too many brights in one outfit? Stick to classic neutrals with one vibrant pop. Then pile on the metallic accessories for a little extra oomph.

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Our Meant to Be: Colorblocking & Metallics Boutique opens Sunday, June 23, at 11AM ET.

By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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June 23, 2013

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Spring is all about embracing bold colors once again – and the colorblocking trend is the easiest way to do it. Go all-out with a bright shift dress in contrasting hues or ease into the style with a pair of wedges or a tote. Whatever your preference, there’s a way to incorporate graphic hues into your wardrobe this season.

1. A dress with colorful paneled patterns is a guaranteed showstopper. Just let it do all the talking by keeping your shoes and accessories neutral.

2. Step into some colorblocked heels for an easy way to integrate this trend into your entire wardrobe. Pair them with jeans, skirts, or shorts depending on how bold you want to go.

3. Don’t want to commit fully just yet? No problem – add a colorblocked tote to any jeans-and-tee outfit for a fashion-forward look without making it the focal point.

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By Brianna Lapolla, Staff Writer

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April 22, 2013

Today, in my usual morning flurry, I reached for my (very) predictable heels and noticed a sizeable tear in the leather (curse you, wide feet). It then occured to me: my beloved black pumps are beaten to a pulp from overwear, while my collection of purple heels sits sadly in my closet. Needless to say, it was an ah-ha moment. From neons to crayon hues, color is everywhere this summer, and it’s officially time to mix it up. Using these tips, I’ll show my purple shoe stash some love, without looking like I got a little too crazy with the finger paints.

1. Pop of color:
In the summer it’s so easy to throw on a little white or black sundress with sandals and go. Choosing a color-pop sandal breaks up the monochrome with a shot of fun. Same rule applies to any neutral outfit, wearing jeans and a tee? Throw on a red heel. Done.

2. Matchy-Matchy:
This takes the above tip a little further. Don’t stop with the bold shoes, add some accessories, jewelry, a lightweight cardigan, or even a boyfriend blazer in the same eye-popping hue. Or, if you’re wearing a colorful print, pick one of the accent shades and repeat it on your shoes. Shoes in a print? Pull out one of the colors and wear it on top.

3. Colorblock:
I’ll admit, this is my favorite. Too timid to try kelly green jeans with a sky blue top? Shoes are the perfect way to embrace this look. Try a hue that complements your outfit, but doesn’t necessarily match it. For inspiration, check out these unexpected color combinations.

By Sam Dulac, Senior Staff Writer

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July 31, 2012