How to Wear Spring’s Statement Colors

From super-saturated to subtle.

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Whether you’re a color extremist or just like to dabble with the occasional bold shade, the right hue has a way of instantly boosting your mood and your outfit. Bright yellow or orange is totally invigorating, while soft blues and greens boast serenity and ease. When dressing in a pinch, a combination of neutral tones from black to tan and white can be your saving grace—even better, they’re endlessly versatile as a counterbalance to bold shades. Whatever your color inclinations, a host of fresh hues abound for spring—as seen in designer collections from Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra, and Elie Saab, to name a few—ranging from punchy pigments to richly muted tones. And don't assume these color trends pertain only to clothes. Accessory labels such as Mark Cross are showcasing the power of vivid extras—a minimalist lemon shoulder bag, anyone?

Keep scrolling to check out five of the season’s leading shades, with styling tips for pulling off each one. Once you’ve landed on your new signature hue, shop the pieces from the Luxury Stores shop (opens in new tab) available to customers in the U.S. by searching for “Luxury Stores” in the search bar of the latest version of the Amazon mobile app. Happy shopping!

Blue, Baby

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From left: Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra, Elie Saab

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For spring 2021, designers such as Altuzarra, Oscar de la Renta, and Elie Saab are championing a softer side with lighter tones from creamy cornflower to pale sky. For a head-to-toe take on the trend, a knit set is both effortless and put-together, not to mention a comfortable way to ease your way out of sweats. For something a bit dressier and polished, opt for monochromatic separates or a printed dress—bonus points for a whimsical motif.

Red For The Win

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From left: Oscar de la Renta, Oscar de la Renta, and Altuzarra

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Synonymous with power, red always cues confidence, whether worn as a splash or top-to-toe. Spring’s take on this tried-and-true hue varies, with dresses, suits, and separates ranging from rose to candy apple. Choose a minimalist silhouette with clean lines for an all-over red moment, be it a crop-top-and-skirt or semi-slouchy suit. Or, embrace the return of ’80s and ‘90s-era and with a bold crimson lip.

Golden Rod

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From left: Oscar de la Renta, Mark Cross, Elie Saab

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There’s nothing like the zing of lemon, punch of pineapple, or streak of butterscotch to invigorate a springtime ensemble, as seen in the collections of Oscar de la Renta, Mark Cross and Elie Saab. A multicolored stripe with yellow bands is an easy foray, while a bohemian maxi dress will unquestionably strike a chord. For an in-between statement, swap your neutral everyday accessories for a cuff in yellow gold.

Light Latte

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From left: Altuzarra, Mark Cross, Oscar de la Renta

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From patterned knits to oversize coats and slouchy trousers, beige truly peaked in 2020—Steve Kornacki’s election night khakis being an end-of-year highlight. As a 2021 refresh for the beloved neutral, designers have delivered unto us the soft, pairs-well-with-anything shade of latte and a slightly more saturated version we’ve deemed “cortado.” These new-season takes on timeless tan come with whimsical nuances like colorful embroidery, gingham checks, and intricate hardware embellishment. Still in favor are head-to-toe outfits, be it a midi dress with a coordinating bralette, a matching crop-top-trouser-and-duster coat ensemble, or teamed-up accessories to anchor a sweeping maxi.

Black & White Forever

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From left: Elie Saab, Oscar de la Renta, Altuzarra

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For spring 2021, designers approached the forever power pairing of black and white with various lenses made to suit every aesthetic. For those who tend minimalist, styled-together solids with tough accessories are at once elevated and edgy. Modernized gingham is most definitely for classicists, though the preppy appeal skews jaunty when styled in an eclectic fashion. For a touch of glamour, blooming appliqués flaunting charm and femininity prevail, both in sheer interactions and substantial layers.

Laura Lajiness Kaupke
Freelance Fashion and Beauty Writer

Laura Lajiness Kaupke (opens in new tab) is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, fine jewelry, and lifestyle topics, including beauty, home, fitness, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Glamour, Town&Country, InStyle, Esquire, Women’s Health, Brides, Refinery 29, Coveteur, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Byrdie, WWD, Footwear News, Well+Good, The Editorialist, among other titles and brands. Laura has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years and held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a copywriter and fashion publicist.