Summer trend: Jewel tones

May 18, 2011 at 6:26 p.m. ET

Good news for those who are not fans of the traditional pastels that are usually associated with summer. This season is all about bright and juicy jewel tones. That means it’s time to indulge in bold colors -- lots of them.

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Be fearless when it comes to mixing patterns and colors. Bright and busy is the style trend to be caught in this season and citrus color palettes are just one way to be bold with your summer ensemble. A punch of yellow or bright orange will brighten up your drab, post-winter wardrobe.

Hot from coast to coast, head to toe

Fendi and Louis Vuitton are all about bringing '60s and '70s cuts and colors back to the runway. The Mandarin style dress and the maxi are gracing runways from the Sunny West coast to chilly New York City. But it doesn't stop at your closet. Even makeup-wise, it's time to experiment with colors you've never tried before. Sheer dark glosses and punchy, yet dark nail colors are right on trend.

Use a little color to stand out in a big way

If bold colors intimidate you, try a bright, glittering ring, a sexy citrine shoe with black tights, or a colorful scarf. A little will go a long way with jewel tones, so this trend can satisfy the extremely eccentric and those who just want a play with pops of eye-catching color. You can always pick up a wild, fun bag to mix and match with any outfit. Don't be afraid shine bright even in subtle ways.

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