Spring has officially sprung (we kept waiting and waiting for those El Nino rainstorms that never came), and as the temperatures continue to warm, fun colors return to our closets. There’s something so cheery about brighter colors. A great shade for transitioning into summer, and a very classic color that never goes out, is Cobalt. It can practically work as a neutral, pairing it with almost any color works.
If you like playing with colors but prefer as subdued statement, this is the perfect look. The solid dark-ish color from head to toe is slimming and the cut and flow of the dress is flattering. Topping it with a fun, drape-y necklace with multi-color tassels keeps the eye moving up and down and enhances the long, lean effect. The wedges are a fun, complimentary color (orange is also practically a neutral. One of my favorite pairs of wedges a while back were orange and I could pair them with so much more than I originally imagined. Then my dog chewed them up.) And wedges are the fun of a heel with the mobility of a flat.
Throw your cell phone and lip gloss in this adorable embroidered clutch – again the colors are bright and complimentary, and the floral motif of the clutch adds visual interest to the monochrome maxi. Finish off your look with bronze skin (courtesy a self-tanner), some bright nails and a little arm candy and you’re set for an afternoon BBQ (Malibu-style), or a sunset dinner (Maui-style).
If you’re a fan of the color, but want to wear it in a smaller dose, try this maxi skirt look. There is nothing fresher than cobalt and white. And lace is also such a feminine and fun trend right now. This top gives you a little more coverage than the dress, but the sheer lace is still cool for the warm days, and adds visual interest. The accessories all match in silver tones: the sandals can be dressed up or down, and are good for walking about town. Finally, a cross-body bag in a cool light blue and a fun bright lip finish the look.
Bet you weren’t expecting the back of this dress – how cute is it? One more idea for styling the dress, pairing it with another non-neutral neutral: leopard print. The neckline of the dress perfectly showcases this gorgeous statement necklace. A tip for styling jewelry: take the eye/lip approach that is usually recommended with make-up and only play up one feature at a time. If you do a bold lip, do a subtle eye. If you do a dramatic eye, do a soft lip. My feelings are the same for neck and ear accessories. If you have a statement necklace, go dainty with your ears. It’s about balance.
Hope this shows how flexible a color cobalt is and inspires you to pick up a cobalt piece or two for your own wardrobe. Have fun!
Photos courtesy of Glam Radar.