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How To Wear Bright Colors – Outfit Ideas From A Mom And Model


Do you ever just want to mix your everyday neutrals up with some rich pops of color? Or do you long to rock an outfit flecked with bold prints?

Mom and model Patty Douthat of the Instagram account @wardrobeconfession shares her outfit inspirations for how to wear bright colors.

Monochromatic Red Outfit

This all red look, head-to-toe, is a head-turner.

Style Tip: To wear bright colors, choose pieces with clean lines and sleek silhouettes

This minimizes the chance that the brightly colored pieces will look overwhelming on your frame. Patty’s outfits are bold, refined, and elegant. By scaling back on the other design details of her outfits, she lets the colors and prints shine through.

Above, Patty wears an all-red outfit. The color stands out because it’s mixed in a classic way. A quilted bag is paired with sleek, heeled sandals and a dress with feminine ruffles.

Below, she wears a gorgeously printed jacket and trouser set that – while full of blooming pops of color – is so chic because its silhouette is minimalist.

Zara Floral Jacket and Pants

A bright floral pattern rests amid a sea of white, on the sleek silhouette of this jacket and pant set.

Red Striped Maxi Dress

The silhouette of this maxi dress perfectly complements the deep colors.

How To Wear Bright Colors - Sleek Silhouette

Mixing bold colors looks elegant and chic when done right.

To round out her looks, Patty rocks a printed column maxi dress with ruffles. This is a gorgeous look for summer and is extremely versatile.

And last, but certainly not least, is her stunning yellow printed blouse and magenta pants outfit. The pattern in the top brings out the pink in her pants, and she offsets the look with neutral accessories – a black bag, belt and sunnies, and silver shoes.

Patty is a vision in her beautiful wardrobe. We can all take some inspiration when we want to know how to wear bright colors – and also when we look at making time for ourselves with fashion. As she puts it:

“As a mom, you always put yourself last in everything. Being stylish and sophisticated makes me feel beautiful, confident, and a better mom.”

Totally. Agree.

And because I myself am so smitten with her allover floral suit look, I’ve curated three similar floral suits for you to shop, below. Her exact suit can be found at Zara.