Summer Fashion Trend to Try: Super Bright Party Dresses

Stand out this summer in something bold!
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Kate Beckinsale wears a neon dress

Summer is full of sunshine and festivities, and it's also the perfect time to embrace some vibrant hues! And what better way to rock bright colors than with a technicolor party dress?

My best friend planted this thought in my mind as she was shopping for dresses for a Las Vegas trip, but even if you aren't going to Vegas, a bright dress says "I'm confident, sassy, and I push the boundaries!" Everyone's done the LBD, so step outside of your comfort zone and try a neon or bright color!

When I think of bright dresses, I think back to season 6 of Project Runway where contestant Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman won the surfer's challenge when he created a bright yellow neoprene avant garde dress. Here's what it looked like: (The on-screen colors don't do it justice.)

ramon surfer dress on Project Runway


I think if you are going to try this trend that you should definitely opt for short dresses - they're the most fun for summer. I also recommend trying interesting cuts, such as one-shoulder dresses or dresses with interesting draping. If you are going out on the town, why not add some more pizazz?! Here are some great examples:

Bright Dresses

Products: Rebecca Taylor Dress - Shopbop, BB Dakota Dress - Shopbop, Susana Monaco Dress - Shopbop, Mason by Michelle Mason Dress - Shopbop

Nude Heels: The Perfect Shoe for a Bright Dress

As you can see above, most of the models are wearing neutral-toned shoes with their neon dresses. Perhaps this is part of the trend? I personally have olive-toned skin and most of the shoes above wouldn't go well with my skintone, so I would opt for bronze shoes as an alternative with these dresses. Here are some shoes within the color palette used by Shopbop that will balance out a bright party dress:


Products: Bronze Platform - Steve Madden, Beige Platform - Steve Madden, Bronze Strappy Heel - Amazon, Beige Bootie - Amazon

More Ideas for Rocking Bright Dresses

Now that we've reviewed the basics, here are some other ideas for how to rock bright colored dresses:

  • Pair a bright dress with a bright clutch! Make sure the colors contrast enough (for example, a teal clutch would look amazing with a purple dress), otherwise, you'll risk looking tacky.
  • Play around with funky colored nail polish! It's a great way to complement a bright frock.
  • Visit a makeup counter and ask how you can incorporate bright eyeshadow into your look. Or just keep your makeup neutral and let the dress be the focus.

What do you think?

Do you own any bright party dresses? Have you worn one at all this summer? How do you style your bright dresses? Let us know with a comment!

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