In the summer, you do not always want to wear dark, plain, smart clothing. You can use bright colours to add a little flair to your ensemble without going overboard and looking like you are ready for a day at the beach rather than for a formal event or for work. Learn how to use bright colours to add personality and a touch of summer flair to your attire while still looking smart and ready for the occasion that requires a smart or smart-casual appearance.
Choose Bright Accessories
Using bright accessories is a simple and effective way of adding bright colours to your attire to achieve a smart summer ensemble. Men can add a bright tie to a dark suit and white shirt and even add a pair of fun and funky pair of socks with or without patterns. Women can add a bright belt or even a neon belt to a dark dress or dark skirt and light blouse ensemble. Brightly coloured hair accessories, including clips, scrunchies, bun nets, and silk flowers also add colour without overwhelming the observer. Neon shoes, or shoes with neon detailing allow you to go bright and bold and draw the eye. A bright tie pin and a bright, bold, pocket square allow men to add trendy colour splashes when wearing a suit.
Create Summer Ensembles with Bright Coloured Layers
Use one bright layer in your ensemble to add colourful personality and summer flair without overwhelming your appearance and still achieve a smart look. Men who wear suits to the office can consider wearing a bright shirt in a single colour beneath a darker, muted jacket with a subdued, plain tie. If bright colour blocks are frowned upon in their workplace, men can choose a white shirt with bright, thin stripes, and add a pocket square in the same colour as the stripes. Alternatively, they can wear a white shirt and add a brightly coloured formal vest or waistcoat beneath the jacket over the shirt. Women who need to wear a dark suit or a dark dress for the office can add colour splashes with a bright scarf, bright shoes, and a bright bag. Alternatively, they can wear a bright shirt with a dark skirt under a plain jacket or go bold with a bright, colour-blocked dress with muted accessories, a dark belt, and a plain, muted jacket.
Don't Go Overboard with Bright Colours
To create a smart summer ensemble utilising bright colours, you need to achieve balance between occasion-appropriateness and your colourful personality. Avoid dressing from head to toe in bright or neon colours, as this overwhelms the observer and does not look smart. Start small, using splashes of colour with accessories and single garments.