5 Bold summer colors to add to your closet

Jun 10, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Summer is the perfect time to go bold. We're sharing our picks for five of the brightest hues to add to your hot weather wardrobe this year.

Color crush:
Summer edition

Summer is the perfect time to go bold. We're sharing our picks for five of the
brightest hues to add to your hot weather wardrobe this year.



Is there any color better than turquoise when it comes to showing off your love of summer? We don't think so, which is why we had to add this cool, revitalizing shade to our list of essential hot weather hues. We love it as an accent piece (a belt, a statement necklace), but for summer, it also works well for main pieces like tees, shorts and tanks.

Turquoise fashion

Our picks: Michael Kors cuff (saksfifthavenue.com, $135), Turquoise embellished dress (wallisfashion.com, $96), Joe's Jeans flats (zappos.com, $69)


Neon yellow

While spring saw a resurgence of pretty pastels including a soft, lemon-inspired yellow, summer calls for something that really gets noticed. That's why we're cranking up the color voltage and giving neon yellow our stamp of color approval. Not sure about the electric hue? Add it in smaller doses — a bag with neon yellow piping, or even a neon yellow clutch. Otherwise, strut your stuff in something more prominently neon.

Neon yellow fashion

Our picks: Juicy Couture Lucite box clutch (juicycouture.com, $148), Malene Birger T-shirt (stylebop.com, $90), A.V. Max yellow enamel square stud cuff (maxandchloe.com, $63)



We hope you're not sick of coral, which has been a spring and summer mainstay for a few seasons. While it might not be a new shade, it's still one of the most perfect hot weather hues. It's bold without being over the top and can easily be taken from casual to chic depending on how you wear it. Coral is a color that can be just as ideal for the office as it is at the beach.

Coral fashion

Our picks: Paul & Joe Sister silk blend mini (stylebop.com, $195), Vans coral sneakers (asos.com, $80), Coral chunky stack bracelets (dorothyperkins.com, $17)



The burst of juicy color any accessory or item of clothing in lime adds to your look is reason enough to add the eye-popping hue to your summer wardrobe. Steer clear of neon (that's yellow's territory) and instead look for shades of green that are vibrant without veering into fluorescent. Wear this color any time you want to make a fun summer statement.

Lime fashion

Our picks: Color block beach bag (modaoperandi.com, $210), Ralph Lauren scoop neck T-shirt (stylebop.com, $90), ACNE button up cardigan (shop.acnestudios.com, $230)



While we love lavender and mauve (which still have their place this summer), we're also in love with a deeper, brighter version of purple — get-noticed grape. This, like lime, is a juicy hue perfect for hotter weather. Wear it as an accent (see our pick for a cool cocktail ring below) to add a colorful twist to any outfit.

Grape styles

Our picks: Swarovski ring (Swarovski.com, $190), Kate Spade printed sunglasses (saksfifthavenue.com, $138), Vince Camuto T-strap sandals (shoptheshoebox.com, $225)

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