Spring Fashion Color Shop
Neons: Tangy Tangerine
We're all having tangerine dreams: It's the season's top tint and Pantone's color of the year. Tangerine is a particularly juicy hue, but all manner of super-bright orange shades are popular for pairing with white, mixing with other neons for maximum color-blocking impact or adding undeniable a-peel to a slender pair of jeans.
Bing Shopping: Tangerine jeans
Neons: Citric Green
Chartreuse, kelly green, lawn green: Whatever way you slice it, now's the right time for lime. A cute shift dress in bright green renews your spring wardrobe. For something even bolder, try mating it with blue for a very cool take on the color-block trend. Don't think you can take a field of green? Cultivate a small patch with a scarf or green-trimmed sandal.
Bing Shopping: Green shift dresses
Neons: Bright Blue
Our pick for the easiest-wearing neon, blue - even in its most electric form - complements most skin tones. Update your jeans wardrobe with a pair in bright blue instead of the expected dark-denim wash, carry a satchel handbag in that shade to really pop a black pantsuit at the office, or trade your Little Black Dress for a Little Blue Dress at your next soiree.
Bing Shopping: Little blue dresses
Neons: Blazing Yellow
Solar yellow may be the trickiest neon to wear, but likely because of that it's also the trendiest of the mega-brights this season. Instead of full-length evening gowns, try a more casual approach and nab a sunny sundress, keeping everything else neutral: Jute espadrilles, tan leather handbag and a natural-tone sunhat will have you made in this shade.
Bing Shopping: Yellow dresses
Pastels: Mint Green
Such a softly understated shade that even green-haters will like it, this pastel is divine on platform pumps, ladylike structured purses, long swathes of silk scarves and all manner of softly tailored dresses. It melds especially well with anything silver: That color combo was a hot one in recent runway collections, even showing up as metallic trim on pastel green shoes.
Bing Shopping: Mint green handbags
Pastels: Pale Peach
Nude is usually a neutral, but when mixed with a soft peach tone and powdered out a bit, it creates a color both warm and chic. We love this tone on footwear: It solves the problem of what shoes to wear with other, brighter pastels. It's also found on a surprising number of casual pants, so you can don this gentler shade if you don't like neon jeans.
Bing Shopping: Peach shoes
Pastels: Lemon Yellow
They call this mellow yellow and, like our user-friendly pastel green, it's the shyer cousin of that blazing neon shade in the same color family. Wear it with other pastels if you prefer color blocking in early '60s Mad Men style instead of the late '60s Pop Art vision you'd be in two or more neons. Soft, citrusy yellow paired with chalky green is spring personified.
Bing Shopping: Yellow handbags
Pastels: Powder Pink
Pretty in pink? It's totally your tint if you're looking for something super-feminine and completely on-trend. Famous for bringing a healthy glow to the complexion, soft pink should be worn close to the face, and that means weekend-ready polo shirts, office-perfect silk blouses or maybe just the accent of a lightly draped scarf.
Bing Shopping: Pink blouses
Whether it's icy and pure or tinged with a touch of warm cream, all manner of whites are stylish this spring. Don all white from head-to-toe and you'll outdo color blocking in sheer trend-worthiness. Vary your textures (say, a crochet knit vest over a billowing chiffon blouse) so your outfit doesn't look like a uniform, and keep the fit flowing instead of tight for the freshest take.
Bing Shopping: White linen
Minimalism is a huge trend this season, but if all white is simply too pale to ponder, give in to gray. Choose lighter shades of this hue for spring: Cool gray over charcoal and ash over slate. Layer it with other neutrals for the best effect, as an all-gray ensemble can be a tad too sad. This color looks especially smashing with pastel blues.
Bing Shopping: Gray dresses