How to Style Hard-to-Wear Colors

Stay breezy in these eye-catching colors!

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How to style hard to wear colors - photo of a woman in orange dress

Summer is the best time to break out all of those gorgeous, bright colors and add a dash of sunshine to your outfits. The neutral, everyday look can feel a bit plain sometimes. That’s why it’s important to incorporate color into your wardrobe!

One of the more challenging aspects of bringing colors into your look is how to style them without looking like you’re at Coachella or an elementary school field day 24/7.

The key: Don’t shy away from the brights, just learn how to mix, match, and contrast until you have the perfect look.

Green, orange, and teal are colors I truly love, but often have a hard time inserting into my ensembles. Here are some of the ways I like to style these hard to wear colors while staying true to their bold hues!

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Outfit set featuring green trousers, black jacket, black heels, gold chain necklace, bodysuit

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One of my favorite color combos is the sleek, black-and-green look for a night out. First, a well-made bright green trouser is the staple for this look. 

To add an air of elegance, pair these pants with a black lace bodysuit or corset-style top. The lace detail here adds wonderful contrast to the structured look of the pants.

Throw on a basic black blazer for a cute, oversized look that complements the green of the pants.

Elegant, strappy black heels are a staple for any outfit, and work beautifully with the silhouette of these pants.

Finally, a chunky gold chain is another outfit essential. It adds a bold, glamorous feel to this outfit that’s perfect for an evening on the town! 


Outfit set featuring an orange t-shirt and orange sandals

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Orange is a bold color, but super fun to style! It works beautifully with pinks, blues, and yellow, but here I’m accentuating the tone of the orange by pairing it with whites and washed out denim.

For this retro-style look, start off with a comfy orange and white striped tee. This can be knotted, tucked, or styled however you like!

Complement the pattern with some basic, light wash flare jeans that give this outfit major ’70s vibes.

These dark orange sandals are a perfect accent for this look, as they draw the eye down the silhouette for a pop of color at the toe! A brown-orange belt brings a neutral yet coordinated touch to the look, and makes the shirt look super cute tucked in!

What retro look would be complete without a floppy straw hat? This tan one is perfect for keeping out the sun and adding some neutrals to this look.


Outfit set featuring a teal tank top

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A fun, girl-next-door look takes the bold teal hue we know and love and outfits it perfectly for a day out! There are so many colors that complement teal nicely, so you’ll always have a ton of options to choose from.

This teal button-up tank top is perfect for a hot summer day. Pair it with a light wash distressed denim skirt for a classic touch that will keep you feeling breezy all day long.

Woven open-toe sandals will make you feel like you’re in a summery resort, and they’re built to last you a whole day of walking around.

One of my favorite pieces to add to any outfit is a cute head scarf! Wear it like a bandana or tie it around a ponytail for an unexpected pop of color that complements the teal tank top.

Finally, a straw cross-body is perfect for when you’re on-the-go, and pulls in the woven shoes to complete this look.

What Do You Think?

What are the hardest colors for you to style? Which of these pop-of-color looks is your favorite?

Let me know in the comments!

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