Outfit Ideas: 3 Fun Ways to Wear Brights This Spring

Warm weather is finally here! Celebrate with some color.

As the week winds down, it’s okay to have a little fun with your professional look—just make sure all your silhouettes are still office-appropriate. Swap out the standard white button-down for a shirt with contrast piping, then pair it with smartly tailored cropped pants in punchy magenta. If you’re feeling particularly cheeky, polka-dot flats and a metallic tote are fun complements.

Equipment Ava blouse, $208; Madewell polka-dot skimmer, $98; Ann Taylor magenta cropped pant (available late March); ASOS metallic leather laptop case, $62.67.

Continue the brights on bottom trend a bit more casually on the weekends with minty green jeans. Running errands? A cropped swing coat will keep you warm as you move between shops. Top things off with big, Jackie O.–worthy glasses and a roomy collapsible tote for all your farmers market finds.

Modcloth Sunset Stripe jacket, $44; J.Crew toothpick jean, $125; Repetto coral ballet flat, $265; Warby Parker Liv sunglasses, $95; 12th Street by Cynthia Vincent batik tote, $88.

Need to look presentable in a pinch? A pleated piece (bonus points for a high neck or a below-the-knee hem) is definitely the way to go. Pop an investment-worthy tweed jacket over bare shoulders, and slip on some substantial heels. Keep the look from veering too far into ladies-who-lunch territory with a punchy yellow clutch.

Tory Burch bouclé-tweed jacket, $525; Dolce Vita pleated two-tone dress, $128; Kyler by Joy O hammered-gold drop earrings, $58; Marc by Marc Jacobs gold peep-toe pumps, $300; K.Slademade canary fold-over clutch, $72.

Sarah is the Editor-in-Chief of Washingtonian Bride & Groom, and writes about weddings, fashion, and shopping. Her work has also appeared in Refinery29, Bethesda Magazine, and Washington City Paper, among others. She is a Georgetown University graduate, lives in Columbia Heights, and you can find her on Instagram at @washbridegroom and @sarahzlot.