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The shades are bright and the vibes are good.
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.
Diane Von Furstenberg Belted Silk Crepe de Chine Shirt Dress, $400
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.
Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 3.3 Amethyst Black, $10
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.
Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Pro Color in I Put a Spell On You, $20
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.
Lancôme L’Absolu Gloss in C’est Ma Chance!, $25
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!
J.Crew Carnival Round Sunglasses in Rusted Brick, $65
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.
Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 5.29 Vintage Red, $10
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.
Surratt Beauty Artistique Eyeshadow in Hot Chocolate, $20
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.
Schwarzkopf Color Ultîme in 5.24 Cinnamon Brown, $10
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.
Regina Pyo Conie Croc-effect Leather Slingback Pumps, $650
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.