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Stephanie Hayes, Katie Sanders, Kameel Stanley, & Keyonna Summers

Mixing color: Not just for toddlers anymore!



blake.jpgA friend recently bought a pair of bright blue sneakers. Great! But what to wear with them? She couldn't do jeans, because that's a different shade of blue. She couldn't do another color, because that would be crazy. So they obviously couldn't be worn.

My head almost exploded. People are so shy about mixing colors. Black can't touch brown and gold can't touch silver and yellow can't touch red. The shoes have to match the purse and the belt. I even knew someone who obsessively matched her underwear to her clothes. Like I said, explode.

I understand the hesitance. No one wants to look like they rolled up into a bar brawl with Jackson Pollock. But colors are one of nature's most majestic gifts, and they should be embraced. Just look at Blake Lively there in the picture. Blue dress, purple shoes, ain't no thang. In honor of Pride week, let's all loosen up with the color rules. We've given up the no white after Labor Day myth, so why hold on to the others with such clenched fists?

Here are some ways to shake up your color game:

Neutrals go with anything. We're talking to you, blacks, browns, blues, tans, whites. "Everything" means they also go with each other. One of my favorite looks is pairing a black dress with a navy cardigan, as long as the navy is bold enough not to look like washed-out black. Add an accessory with a dash of blue, just to log into people's brains that, yes, you meant to do this, and no, your corneas are fine.

mix_metal.jpgMix metals. Gold and silver and bronze can totally work together. Think of it as combining commodities, not colors. Check out this mixed metal bracelet set from Torrid, $14.50. Wearing a piece like this frees you up to work these shades into the rest of your outfit, too.

Let one color be the boss. By picking a dominant color, you’ll avoid looking like you just wandered out of Yo Gabba Gabba. Think bright orange paired with a softer yellow, or red paired with light aqua, or royal blue paired with a pale green.

green_cardi.jpgAdd one piece. If you're about to leave the house in all black, consider stepping one toe out of the cemetery with a bright detail. A red shoe, a yellow bangle bracelet or a grass green cardigan, like this one from Halogen at Nordstrom, will help bring you out of your pit of despair.

Guys, you're no exception. Try adding pops of color to your khaki blahs via neckties, argyle socks, cuff links, cardigans and jackets. A bold foot, like these Cole Haan saddle shoes, will give off the impression that you're confident, not crazy. And don't shy away from a beautiful color close to your face. Potential paramours love anything that brings out your eyes.

Avoid matchy-matchy. Coordinating your shoes perfectly to your top looks a little like Garanimals, and last we checked, you're older than 5.

Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: AP, Torrid, Nordstrom

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[Last modified: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 5:44pm]


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