westmeath examiner: bright & bold

Last week I picked some items from Mullingar shops that fit the bill of one of summer's biggest trends- bright vibrant colours! If you didn't read the Examiner then you can catch up with it right here:
The Spring/Summer 14 catwalks were awash with bright bold colours, with Chanel opting for hot pinks and even Ralph Lauren ditched his failsafe sophisticated neutral shades in favour of neon orange, citrus yellow and vibrant green. Just think of the colours of the rainbow!
As is the case with any trend, I would suggest investing in one or two statement pieces that you can use to accessorise an otherwise plain outfit. The addition of a fuchsia bag or cobalt blue hat to an LBD will immediately transport the look from winter to summer. My personal favourite way to wear vibrant colours is through shoes, particularly for the summer months. A white dress for example works really well with a bright colourful shoe. 
Admittedly, some colours are easier to wear than others. Blues and pinks are more popular than citrus colours. Radiant orchid has cemented its place as the colour of the season, both in fashion and beauty (particularly lipstick), but yellow is coming in at close second. If you have a monochrome dress or coat in your wardrobe from winter dig it out because black and white work amazingly well with a bright yellow bag!
In terms of investment pieces you can’t go wrong with a good dress or jacket that you can reinvent every summer. At this stage, I’d imagine every woman in Ireland has a leather jacket of some shape or form. We all love to throw them on either for daytime or night-time so for summer why not swap your black biker jacket for a pink or blue version.
Accessorising is the easiest way to introduce bright colours to your wardrobe but if you’re feeling brave and bold go ahead and add some print to mix. Think floral, tribal print and aztec designs. Sportswear has even been getting in on the act with bright runners that are sure to put a spring in your step.
The main tip to remember with colours is to think of it as a colourful equilibrium- you can tone down the bright with the neutral and vice versa. It really is a free for all this summer!

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