Trend Watch Sound Off — Pop!

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We’ve been kicking off blog posts with song lyrics.  Check this one out (is it like nails on a chalkboard?):

Bees’ll buzz, kids’ll blow dandelion fuzz
And I’ll be doing whatever snow does
In summer
A drink in my hand, my snow up against the burning sand
Prob’ly getting gorgeously tanned
In summer 
In summer!

 So we’re looking for your feedback once again this week…And today we want to talk about wearing a POP of color.  If it doesn’t  match the core outfit, do you find it Dynamite or Dreadful?


This is a hard post to write for a mixed-pattern, stripes with plaid, polkadots with print gal but I will do my best to be true to my higher fashion power.  It seems that everyone refers to a POP of color (I think POP has to be capitalized to work—it’s a rule somewhere, I’m sure) as though it is so easy to just throw on a touch of yellow with a blue dress or a hint of green with an orange romper and be fashionable rather than a mismatched mess. 

It seems that I am on the bandwagon for the POP (there are those capital letters again!) and I think there are three simple rules to success:

Pick an on-trend color.  Skip the hunter green or the mustard yellow.  Go for these seasons hot trends: violet, radiant orchid, cayenne and placid blue.  Need to know more? Check out the Pantone list: 

b2ap3_thumbnail_radiant-orchid.jpgDon’t get all matchy-matchy.  A POP of color means just that, a little.  Unless you are a Motown Group or a bridal party, you don’t need to match to be photogenic. No need for the belt, bag and shoes to match—with the earrings, necklace and bracelet.  We need subtlety here—not something we all do well so go ahead and add all the POPs you want, then remove them down to your favorite single, bold POP.  We’re not looking for Snap and Crackle here—just a single POP. 

b2ap3_thumbnail_pop-of-color-2.jpgDon’t mismatch colors.  If you are going for a POP of a color, it should not be any of the colors you are wearing.  For instance, if you are wearing a orange dress, don’t wear peach shoes.  Don’t wear red shoes either—since orange is, if I remember correctly, just yellow + red.   Some could pull it off but not many.  Orange dress=blue shoes.  Remember that, Friends.

b2ap3_thumbnail_gold-and-blue.jpgSo what do you think about a POP of color?  How would you wear it, or is it a statement that should it be left for runways and celebrities?



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