9 Unexpected Ways to Wear the Season's Top-Trending Colors

The shades are bright and the vibes are good.

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Summer is officially here, and the sartorial memo is go bold or go home. That means working the season's top tones into your daily routine: wild orchid purple, flaming red, and hot chocolate brown. Nothing against neutrals: It’s just that the freshest takes on this season’s signature pieces—shirtdresses! Slingbacks! Shades!—are showing up in a vibrant spectrum of high-impact hues, and we’re 100 percent on board with that. Here's how to pull off the biggest of-the-moment color trends—easily and effortlessly.

WILD ORCHID: THE DRESS

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Diane Von Furstenberg Belted Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt Dress, $400

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Every girl needs a go-to day-to-night piece, and this breezy, figure-flattering dress in Pantone’s color of the year—ultra violet—is polished enough for the office, sexy enough for after-hours aperitifs, and versatile enough for everything in between.

WILD ORCHID: THE HAIR

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Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 3.3 Amethyst Black, $10

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Forget millennial pink: Amethyst is the hair shade of the season. And it’s simple to DIY at home with this fade-resistant color designed to pack a punch and maintain vibrancy. Once you rinse the dye out, smooth on the conditioning treatment to seal in the color and boost shine.

WILD ORCHID: THE POLISH

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Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Color in I Put a Spell On You, $20

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Dip your toe (err, fingers) in the purple trend with a ladylike lavender mani. A formula with a hint of iridescent shimmer fits the bill perfectly—it’s bold but still refined.

FLAMING RED: THE LIP

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Lancôme L’Absolu Gloss in C’est Ma Chance!, $25

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For instant impact, swipe on a long-wear gloss in a striking shade of scarlet. The shine factor is what keeps lips fresh and fun!

FLAMING RED: THE SUNGLASSES

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J.Crew Carnival Round Sunglasses in Rusted Brick, $65

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Trade in last year’s aviators for an unexpected retro-inspired, tomato-toned pair. When sunnies are this flashy, you don’t need much else.

FLAMING RED: THE HAIR

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Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 5.29 Vintage Red, $10

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Looking for a dramatic transformation? This is how you do it. Fiery crimson hair can brighten your complexion, make your eyes pop, and give any outfit extra oomph. Get it right by choosing a ready-to-wear formula like this one with built-in UV filters and special glossing cream for long-lasting, luminous color.

HOT CHOCOLATE: THE SHADOW

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Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Hot Chocolate, $20

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For the easiest eyes ever, dip a wet angled brush in a cinnamon shadow and define the upper lash line, then blend a touch more color over the liner and up to the crease with your finger for a soft, smoky effect.

HOT CHOCOLATE: THE HAIR

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Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 5.24 Cinnamon Brown, $10

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Over ombré? Consider going back to the basics—just don’t make it boring. Kick your color up a notch with an allover brunette shade (think rich coffee, deep chestnut, or mahogany) that makes a major statement in a sophisticated way.

HOT CHOCOLATE: THE SHOE

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Regina Pyo Conie Croc-effect Leather Slingback Pumps, $650

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Go all out with this insanely chic, cocoa-hued pair. The low, sculptural heel and sexy slingback strap ensure that you’ll never have to choose between style and comfort again.