How to Wear Color – Subtle and Bold

How to wear color in a bold way

I’m a big fan of color. I actually just had a conversation with my mom about how although she knew my favorite colors as a child she didn’t really know what it was now. Although I think I’m a bit more attracted to certain colors (like aqua and mint green) I tend to like most colors. I love it in clothing, makeup, home decor, etc. Because of this, I thought it would be fun to start a series here all about wearing color. Let’s get into it!


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How to wear color

Just do it.

Just wear it. If you want to wear color wear it.

Okay that’s not what you came here for. A lot of people get timid about wearing color, especially brights. It’s attention grabbing. You don’t have to start with a pastel rainbow cardigan; you can start with wearing color in more subtle ways. 


Start small

If you’re a little nervous about head to toe color, start with an accessory or even your lipstick or nail polish. I think the easiest way to start with wearing color is through accessories and to me, the easiest accessory to work with is a bag or purse.


Wear color in a subtle way


The bag I have here is a light buttery yellow color. This is especially great if you’re shy about wearing color because it is so pale. It can easily work similarly to a cream or ivory. This one is from the Lauren Conrad line at Kohl’s. Lauren’s line has a lot of pastels and even some fun novelty bags if you’re into them!

Target has also been on point lately with tons of colorful bags. If you’re just starting to incorporate bright colors into your wardrobe places like this are good because they are affordable. 

I’m also wearing a hot pink lip gloss in these photos. If you want to know more about it, you can read this post. 

My earrings here are very subtle, but I think this is another area to start with wearing color. This purple pair from most recent post are perfect for spring and summer and adding color to your outfits!

Wearing Bold Color

Bold rainbow clothing is everywhere now, so if you’re ready it’s the perfect time to jump into color! This cardigan was affordable and the pastels are the best!

I also love pattern mixing so adding the pastel stripes with my polka dot dress made for an extra fun outfit!


Wearing Bold Color and pattern mixing

Wearing Bold Color and pattern mixing

Wearing Bold Color and pattern mixing


Getting dressed should be fun! If you want to add in more color to your wardrobe, you should. Wear what you like, and you’ll always look great!


Outfit Details

Cardigan: Amazon

Dress: Target

Bag: Kohls

Shoes: H&M

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  1. 5.6.19

    I love your tips for color! I’ve been trying to incorporate more color into my v neutral wardrobe! I’ll definitely be trying some of these tips.

    -Jacqie @

    • 5.6.19
      Emily said:

      Thanks! I’m glad it was helpful!!

  2. 5.7.19

    Your cardigan looks wonderful with your neutral color dress.

    • 5.7.19
      Emily said:

      Thank you!!

  3. 5.7.19
    Michelle said:

    That cardigan is so darling! It reminds me of cotton candy.


    • 5.7.19
      Emily said:

      Thanks! I love that comparison!

  4. 5.11.19

    I love the cardigan!! I’m thinking of so many cute outfits that can be worn with it. Great tips for adding color!
    Kendra ?

    • 5.14.19
      Emily said:

      Thank you so much! It surprisingly really does go with a lot!

  5. 5.11.19
    Candice said:

    I like your tips for wearing color more. I tend to be a little worried about drawing too much attention. Your tip about using small accessories will be very helpful. Thanks, Candice

    • 5.14.19
      Emily said:

      Thanks! I’m glad you found it helpful!

  6. 5.14.19
    Virginia said:

    Oh! I love it! Great tips and I’m in love with that cardigan! I’m a color girl myself and my eyes have been bugging-out in happiness at all the rainbow pieces I’m seeing! Hooray! It gets me in the mood for summer!

    Virginia | More to Mrs. E

    • 5.14.19
      Emily said:

      Yes! There really is so much amazing stuff out right now! It makes getting dressed so fun! Thanks for reading!