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Color trends: The hottest shades of summer

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Dressed to kill

Bright colors are the hottest shades of summer this year. Unleash a kaleidoscope of color on your wardrobe and you’ll be dressed to kill.

woman in bright colored cardigan

Go primary

Get glam this summer with bursts of fabulous color. This season, no color is too bright, so bust out your Crayola favorites and mix and match. Not sure where to start? Think shoes, blouses, dresses, tanks, skirts, handbags and even jeans. In fact, colored denim is runway-hot right now, so dive into the world of the bold and the beautiful and go primary.

The power of pink

You just can’t deny the power of pink. This optimistic color is lusciously warm and flattering on so many skin tones. Whether you go cool or hot, pink is dramatic, sexy and full of summer fun. Hot pink is huge right now thanks to the influence of show-stopping neons that are hitting the fashion runways. So add a little razzle-dazzle to your daily duds with a kiss of this fabulous summer color.

Neon brights

You don’t have to take a blast to the past to enjoy quirky, blinding colors like lime green, aqua, hot pink, highlighter yellow and tangerine orange anymore. These eighties throwbacks are making a splash. Add pops of color to any outfit with bold neon accessories like strappy sandals, oversize clutches, floppy hats, belts and jewelry. Or really add some bling to your ensemble with clashing neon pieces like tanks, sweaters, shorts, skirts, tailored jackets, tunics and more. Mix it up and add an exclamation point to your summer style.

Mint green

It may be muted compared to the show-stopping neons that are decorating the runways, but mint green is one of the hottest shades of 2012. Get ready to glow in this sophisticated color that will add a bit of elegance to any outfit.

Pretty pastels

Fabulous, flattering and oh-so-pretty, pastels are making a comeback this year. Whether you choose solid colors or sexy florals, you can rock this style all season long. Stay on trend by pairing with neutrals, but don’t forget to add some banging accessories. A layered look is a fun, summery way to bring the sunshine in.

White

Kick your summer style into high gear with bright white. With all the bold colors popping off fireworks in this year’s look, white is the perfect complement. Pair fitted white jeans with a pair of chic orange booties, a chunky necklace and a bright blue sleeveless blouse. Or toss on a chic pair of high-waisted shorts with a tangerine orange mesh vintage sweater, white handbag and white wedge sandals. Make a statement and look like you never left the runway with this clean and polished look.

Fashion Tip

Mix and match the bold new summer colors with classic neutrals for a dynamic everyday look.

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