Hot Pink and Bright Orange: How to Wear These Trendy Spring Colors

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After a long, cold, dark winter, we will be jarred out of hibernation with plenty of bright colors this spring; two of which will be hot pink and bright orange.  Personally, I’m excited about them, particularly the bright orange, which I have been gravitating to constantly.  In small doses both colors can be easily incorporated into your existing wardrobe.  Really loving brights?  You can go full out.

Hot Pink and Bright Orange: How to Wear These Trendy Spring Colors

In today’s post, I am going to show you how you can add both of these colors into your wardrobe separately.  If you love them combined, you’ll definitely be seeing these colors used together in the stores.  Be sure to check out the end of this post for some shopping suggestions.

Outfits #1

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Designers will be giving you plenty of opportunity to really embrace hot pink and bright orange this spring.  I found both shades in pants.  I actually pulled the pink pair above from Vince Camuto for a client of mine and, believe it or not, they looked great.  She did wind up buying the pants in white, instead, but the hot pink were contenders.  On the right, I am showing these wide leg cropped sailor pants in bright orange from J. Crew.

In both cases, I toned down the brightness of the hot pink and bright orange with neutrals.  I think this is the most realistic way to go when choosing these colors for your clothing.  Certainly, I have been to warmer climates where bright colors everywhere feels right, but outside of that, toning the colors down with neutrals is likely more realistic.

On the left, I styled the hot pink pants with a navy top from Reiss, a pair of navy block heel sandals from Stuart Weitzman, a navy tote from Vince Camuto and pendant from Gorjana.  On the right, the bright orange pants have been styled with a chambray shirt, indigo wedges from Caslon, MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody, and colorful beaded necklace from Lauren Ralph Lauren.

Outfit #2

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I think shoes are the perfect place to pick up this trend and add it to your wardrobe.  It’s a small bit of bright color while adding some trend to outfits you already own.  On the left, I styled these hot pink pumps from Sam Edelman with this burgundy dress from BOSS Hugo Boss.  I like the way the colors work tonally and the hot pink pumps brighten the darker shade of the dress.  Finishing the look, I used this Rebecca Minkoff Hobo and colorful studs from Kate Spade.

On the right, I gave this all neutral outfit some life using these bright orange heeled sandals from Belle Moda.  I styled them with this wrap skirt from Banana Republic and blouse from L.K. Bennett.  Finishing the outfit, I used this silver link necklace from The Sak and handbag from Tory Burch.

Outfits #3

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Another place to add this bright trend in small doses is through your handbags.  If you have a neutral driven wardrobe, you might be surprised how versatile colorful bags can be.  Bright bags can be the perfect way to add some non-permanent pop because they’re not always on your body.

In the outfit on the left, I styled this hot pink Loewe bag with a pair of white jeans from Madewell, a chunky summer knit sweater in black and white from Lafayette 148, a black necklace from Ralph Lauren, and black wedges from Lucky Brand.

On the right, I used this bright orange Rebecca Minkoff bag to add some color to these chinos from The Gap, ribbed boat neck t-shirt from Theory, olive block heel sandals from Splendid, and gold cuff from Banana Republic.  For a final splash of a little color, I used these bright orange tassel earrings from Bauble Bar.

Outfits #4

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These last looks incorporate hot pink and bright orange in a different way.  If you want to wear these colors but don’t wan to go overboard, try them in a print or stripe.  You get a small, toned down dose that might be more palatable.

On the left, this Tory Burch tunic in a hot pink print is diluted in brightness.  I styled it with a pair of cropped jeans from J. Crew, lace up flats in navy from Kenneth Cole, the same soft blue MICHAEL Michael Kors crossbody I used earlier, and hot pink earrings from Gorjana.

On the right, this Ted Baker top has a flash of bright orange that is toned down by the other colors in the stripes.  I styled this top with a basic black button pencil skirt from Reiss, kitten heeled pumps from Athena Alexander, a bright orange bag from Fossil and gold earrings from Panacea.

When it comes to bright colors, like hot pink and bright orange, as in most trends, it’s up to you how you incorporate them into your wardrobe.  You can go with a little or a lot.  I hope this post gives you some ideas.

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  • Renee Augustine Mathis

    Two of my favorite colors! I might have one or two (or 10) scarves I could incorporate here…. 🙂

    • You’re right. Your favorite! Happy colors, like you!

  • stacie

    I love the hot pink pumps with the burgundy dress…I have a pair of pink pumps that I love, but never thought to pair them with burgundy…Beautiful….

    • I sort of surprised myself with that one too. You have to check the tones of each colors you own to make sure they work. You’ll know when you try them together. Either it will be harmonious or off.

  • Pat

    Perfect timing, Bridgette, Spring is here, summer around the corner. I would never wear the pink pants or orange jacket but love, love, love neutrals with your “signature pops”.

    Thanks for the reminder to not be lazy and change bags more often,👍🏼
    You are the best,
    Faithful fan,

    • Thanks, Pat! I think for more, like you, this is the way they will embracing these colors.

  • tgchi13

    Great post B! I have orange skinny jeans, a beautiful orange and hot pink patterned silk blouse that I love, a sleevless summer weight knit sweater in hot pink and an older pair of block heel pumps in the same that are in great shape but haven’t been useful and I was thinking about rehoming…now I think I’ll add them to neutrals with another pop color (like my bright mustard bag) and just enjoy them. It’s already hit the 90s here in southern NM and the time has come to switch it up 🙂

    • Like 20 years ago I had this bright orange and coral-y pink shirt from the Gap that I LOVED! It was mainly the coral pink with orange on the fold up cuffs and collar. The color combination just made me happy.

      • tgchi13

        Today, I put on camel summer weight slacks and skin-tone ballet flats since I’ll be taking photos at the shelter and to make it cheery, I put on a cropped sweatshirt in a weathered shade of the Bella Moda sandals and some light multi-color earrings (actually made from an old gift card…)

        When the heat comes around noon, I can switch my sweatshirt for a bright tank and then toss the sweatshirt on over it if it cools down tonight.

        I feel like me 🙂