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Spring 2013 trend: bold brights

The brights trend of spring 2013 is such a fun way to take your go-to wardrobe items in your more traditional colors and punch them up to a whole other level. Accessories, like stilettos, from stores such as Nine West provide an affordable outlet in which to purchase on-trend items. You can find Nine West at Fashion Square Mall in Charlottesville, Virginia.

A model walks the runway at the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 9, 2012 in New York City.
A model walks the runway at the Diane von Furstenberg Spring 2013 fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on September 9, 2012 in New York City.
Frazer Harrison/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz
Nine West "Sally" stiletto in pink, $99.
Nine West "Sally" stiletto in pink, $99.
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Almost all of the bright color collections originated from designers known for modern silhouettes. Each bright piece fit their model perfectly and was minimalist in cut and drape... no bells and whistles when the color already brings so much attention to the wearer! Some collections, like Michael Kors, were all about a head-to-toe palette. Others just used a punch of color on one item from each look. Collections which featured bright colors were:

• Carven
• Lanvin
• Dries van Noten
• Atelier Versace
Michael Kors
• Narciso Rodriguez
• Louis Vuitton
• Diane von Furstenberg
• Reed Krakoff

Like any trend, the collections varied in their use of bright colors, the textures they brought in with fabrics used, and the way beauty products were used to emphasize features from each look – nothing is ever the same during the various fashion weeks!

For those wanting to adapt a runway look to a real world wardrobe, consider a strategic color palette or swapping of an ordinary item for a special-hued piece. For example: gray and white lessen the impact of neon yellow and green by appearing to absorb some of the bright hues. Another idea would be a bright color replacing your typical khaki or black trench coat – consider how fun a bright lipstick red or coral would be instead. Your suit or dress underneath would pop! Neutral purses with a neutral suit can spell doom-and-gloom, but would become an entirely different look with a hot pink or bright orange handbag. Suede or satin heels in lime green or cobalt blue add some variety to the typical drinks-after-work look.

Take an extra ten minutes to look into your wardrobe. Find tones from the same color family and see how they look paired together. You'd be surprised how refreshing the combined citrus hues of pink and orange look together. Get out of your routine looks and see how cheery it will make you as well.

What bright color would you add to your wardrobe?