Your Best Tips: Sonia from In Pursuit of Style

This week's tip comes from Sonia from inpursuitofstyle.soniasgupta.com. If you have a beauty or style tip you'd like to share, email elleseesyou@gmail.com.

Color Outside the Lines

It's my pleasure to be a guest blogger on Elle Sees! As a real girl trying to make it in the big city, I hope my tips on how to look trendy on a budget help out budget-friendly trendsetters everywhere. After so many seasons of boring, neutral palettes across the fashion world, COLOR is back in a big way! For Spring/Summer 2011, vibrant pinks, greens, blues and oranges walked down the runway of our favorite design houses:
{ Celine, Gucci, Prada }

Since not everyone can blow four figures for a high fashion hue-tastic look, many mainstream designers are interpreting the look in an understandable way – and as far as I see it, the key to strutting in all different shades is minimalism.

Bright colors really stand for themselves, and you don’t need to keep adding layers to be ‘in fashion’ – keep it simple & chic. Here are three easy, foolproof ways to follow the trend without breaking the bank:

One: 2 colors + 1 neutral = Perfection

Vibrant separates can be a lot to take when you aren’t used to wearing colors (reference: New Yorkers all in black) – don’t overwhelm with too many colors. I have found that 2 hues are just the ticket. Offset the eye-opening color with that neutral bottom hanging in your closet.

{ Cardi: J.Crew } { Tank: H&M } { Pants: Zara – previously owned } { Shoes: Bakers – previously owned} { Necklace: F21 } { Total Cost To Trendy: $65 }

Two: Stripes

Mixing a few colors may be uncomfortable to some –stripes are a great way to tone down the colorblocking. Keep the colors of your stand-out piece in tandem with the stripes – and add a neutral 3rd piece to dress it up.

{ Blazer: Gap – previously owned } { Shirt: Zara } { Pants: Zara } { Shoes: Zara – previously owned }           { Sunnies: River Island – previously owned } { Total Cost To Trendy: $110}

Two: Alarming Accessories

As usual, accessorizing in the season’s palette is the easiest (and cheapest!) way to update your style without going into debt. Mix that LBD with a bright necklace or throw on some sassy shoes with a vibrant handbag, and you are so 2011.

{ Dress: Zara – previously owned } { Necklace: Chinatown NYC } { Shoes: Cynthia Vincent for Target } { Sunnies: Banana Republic – previously owned } { Total Cost To Trendy: $50 }

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  1. i feel like i can never pull off most of the stuff i see in pictures from the runway! haha but these more affordable ones are good suggestions.

  2. thanks for your sweet comment!
    come visit again throughout this week to see an in-depth look at Nashville Fashion Week!


  3. Great tips. Love the new ways to use color. Certainly need it after a long, gray winter in Michigan

  4. great tips, i need to invest in some brighter pieces. xoxo jcd:: cornflake dreams

  5. I'm definitely more of a one or two vibrant pieces + neutral girl. This was a fun post!

  6. I can't believe those yellow shoes came from Target- I must run out and get them TODAY!! I love these ideas, bc I have recently gotten into the color blocking trend and just did a post on color blocking with makeup and nails, so check it out when you get a chance!! http://www.jennysuemakeup.com

  7. i ADORE these. i'm loving the bright colors too.

  8. ROCKING those brights, love the dress


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