Bold and Bright Outfit Inspiration for Spring Style

Bold and Bright

You know I love the look of all black err’thang, but spring’s imminent arrival has been a welcome opportunity to pump the color back into my wardrobe.

colorful handbag with tassels on it

Do you fall into the same sartorial habit?

red shoes white jeans and a striped shirtfashion blogger wearing white jeans before memorial day in winter

To-date, most of my spring ensembles have been all about candy-colored pastels, bright whites and sorbet-infused pieces — like yesterday’s post — one of my favorite looks to-date.

Lately, though, I’ll have a morning where I gravitate toward a variety of bolder, brighter hues — like royal blue, ruby red and iced coffee-colored caramel, to name a few.

suede lightweight moto jacket for spring hallie wilson wearing joe's jeans white spotless denim

If there’s one thing I love about color, it’s that it can have a direct impact on your mood.

… Seriously. That shit is backed by science!

azalea sf duvall suede moto jacket in cognac color


Consider the way that we use color to describe feelings or emotions: Mellow yellow, green with envy, feeling blue, etc. You know?

Or consider how you feel instantly chic’er when you slip into your favorite fitted black dress? (Or for me — in the case of today’s post — a killer pair of pumps.)

There’s no denying that color and mood are linked…

corals and cognacs wearing nars dragon girl red lipstickrebecca minkoff sofia colorful clutch with tassels

… Bold, bright hues just make you a bit happier, no?

blogger street style in a moto jacket, white jeans and boyfriend shirtoutfit inspiration for wearing a boyfriend button up shirt and white jeans

At any rate:

What I love about this spring’s bold color trends in particular is the fact that they’re practically season-less — from reds to blues and even that pretty, peachy burnt apricot hue. You could totally wear this outfit come fall and get away with it (with a scarf or sweater layered atop that striped shirt, perhaps).

blogger in cute spring outfit inspirationwhite jeans and shoes by sara jessica parker

It can be a bit tricky to transition your wardrobe from winter to spring — a process that tends to be very drawn out here in the Midwest.

In an effort to jump the gun on my warmer weather wardrobe game, I hit up Zappos as a one-stop shop for a new bag* and cute pair of spring shoes — and I finally settled on two that went well together but would also tie many other pieces together in my closer seamlessly.

(*The ‘Sofia’ clutch shown here is sold out, but there are still a lot of cute clutch options — the tassel style also comes in a cute cross-body and a functional backpack style.)

rebecca minkoff sofia leather tassel clutch

I can’t wait to wear this striped boyfriend-style button-up with distressed white jean shorts this summer, too.

Now, here’s hoping I won’t need this lightweight jacket (albeit a cute one) much longer…

How’s your week going?

corals and cognacs wearing a colorful spring outfit in 2016



Suede moto jacket: c/o Azalea SF (15% off with e-mail sign-up)
Striped shirt: rag & bone (also comes in a t-shirt style)
White jeans: Joe’s Jeans spotless denim (they’re spill-proof)
Tassel clutch: Rebecca Minkoff ‘Sofia’ via Zappos (similar styles here and a here)
T-strap heels: SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker via Zappos


Hair styling: Living Proof’s No Frizz collection (introductory kit here)
Foundation: bareMinerals Complexion Rescue in ‘Natural’
Lipstick: NARS velvet matte lip pencil in ‘Dragon Girl’
Mascara: bareMinerals volumizing mascara
: Mac Liquidlast eyeliner
Setting powder: Laura Mercier

sjp by sara jessica parker high heels


Iron & Honey Photography

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