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6 Energizing colors to add to your summer wardrobe

Vicki Clinebell majored in journalism at the University of Colorado, and headed an advertising agency before beginning a long career in broadcasting, spanning production and copywriting to sales and management for an ABC affiliate statio...

Look at hue! Summer's energizing colors

Spend a little to infuse some great color into your summer style. Get the clues to the trendiest hues!

Is your summer wardrobe starting to feel a bit dull? Add a little inspiration to your lighter-weight business wear and casual pants, skirts, shorts and tops with a pop of color! Bright colors and bold patterns have been on trend this season, but you don't have to feel overwhelmed or break the bank to integrate them into your style. You can go bold, or just add more color with simple accessories, a change of makeup and a summery nail polish. Color is the best way to bring the energy back to your look without spending a lot. Not sure where to find color inspiration? Look to a few of summer's coolest, brightest drinks!

Strawberry pink looks

Strawberry pink

Fabulously flattering to sun-kissed skin and creamy complexions, a rosy strawberry color works for nearly everyone and is a lively choice to boost your style. Choose a lightweight cotton cardigan to toss over your shoulders on cool evenings, or pair it in a pretty top with white jeans, shorts or sleek linen pants. The warm color near your face gives you a glow! Don't hesitate to use this shade in a nail color, as a wash of blush or in a moisturizing lip gloss.

Our favorite pairing? The Two by Vince Camuto High-Low Sweater paired with ooh-la-la Aldo platform pumps. Make your drink a color-match with the new Starbucks Refreshers Strawberry Lemonade.

Orange look

Orange

The most invigorating shade for summer is a citrusy orange, and it's easier than you'd think to wear. A cool shift or sundress in orange is cheery and chic, but more conservative ladies might add an orange belt to a khaki skirt or shorts for immediate visual interest. Think accessories and get a great tote in citrus orange to carry with outfits in black, white, gray or navy. We love the idea of carrying this cute orange tote found at Kohl's in one hand while holding an Orange Melon Starbucks Refreshers in your other-- tres chic!

Lime look

Lime

Refresh your basic navy or black go-to trousers with a slice of lime! For the office, a twin-set in this invigorating color adds summer zest and makes you look cool and confident. For leisure time, pair lime walking shorts with a simple tank or polo in white or a dark neutral. Pick up a pretty scarf with a lime green floral pattern and tie back your hair, knot it as a belt or fill in the neckline of a suit. Lime lifts your look and your mood! Try it in our favorite tank or a beautiful multi-colored scarf by Robero Cavalli. Need a matching drink? You can't go wrong with a summer favorite like the Cool Lime Starbucks Refreshers beverage!

Melon look

Melon

If you're more conservative, a soft melon color adds energy without being an in-your-face shade. A peachy orange wash of color works wonderfully with pale skin tones on those who don't tan, and is gorgeous contrasted to darker and bronzed skin. You can add a flattering melon color to your style with pretty accessories, carefree tops, summer dresses, nail polish and even with a creamy lipstick. How about a soft and feminine dress or simple blazer?

After a hard day at the office, match your workwear with your glasswear by pouring a melon-colored drink like this melon shake.

Turquoise look

Turquoise

It's easy to add turquoise to a summer wardrobe and get immediate compliments. Canvas wedges, a statement necklace or earrings, a chunky bracelet or a pair of slim jeans are excellent ways to pop this summery color and incorporate it into your look. A silky summer tank or top brings the color up to enhance every hair color -- turquoise is a wonderful choice for blondes, brunettes, redheads and even gray or silver hair. Our favorite look for the long days of summer? Turquoise jeans matched with a gray cami, brightly colored bangles and a turquoise-colored drink -- pretty much anything made with Blue Curacao will do!

Red look

Red

There's nothing like a true red to add zest to an outfit. Use a lot or a little to lift energy in your summer wardrobe. Pick a trendy red and white striped top, buy a red cocktail or sundress (like this flattering sheath from Michael Kors)  or use stoplight red on your pedicure. Cute red flats will certainly put some spring back into your steps, so try the funky OTBT 'Copan' Flat for a twist on the classic espadrille!

Don't forget that you can mix and match reds together -- try a bright red lipstick on your lips, a dusty red pant and a maroon handbag. Top off the red tones with a raspberry-colored can of Starbuck's Refreshers Raspberry Pomegranate in your hand.

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