Colour Confidential

Jil Sander, Christian Dior, Gucci & Christian Dior Spring 2011 - photos Monica Feudi and Yannis Vlamos style.com

The way you dress can say a lot about who you are - but is the real you getting lost in translation?  I like to think that I'm a fun-loving, spontaneous kind of girl but a few years ago, I used to wear practically nothing but black or grey.  When I used to shop, I would never choose the bright yellow skirt or the hot pink wedges, opting instead for pieces that would go with everything.  Boooring!  I'm not sure what made me change my ways, but today my closet is filled with a happy assortment of pants, dresses and shirts in every shade of the rainbow.  I buy my basics -white and blue jeans, perfect black pants, great white shirts, grey cashmere sweaters - as the neutral base of my wardrobe and then choose colour for the rest.  I can tell you that getting dressed has gotten WAY more fun since I got in touch with my colourful side.

And if ever you should embrace brights, this spring is the time to indulge.  Models in virtually every spring runway show rocked saturated colour and the result was stunning.  Whether you choose sweet pops of brights against basic white (think white jeans with a bright yellow top), a neutral outfit with a surprisingly vibrant shoe or head-to-toe colour-blocking (see Gucci look above), you'll be happy you went for colour this spring.  Plus, your winning personality will shine through without you having to utter a single word.    

Oh, but I will say this one thing before I let my skirt do the talking:  for the first time ever, Gap is giving away their employee discount (that's 50% off) for an entire year to one lucky White Oaks Mall winner each day until Saturday, April 30th (no purchase necessary).  Head to Gap and they'll help you enter this sweet contest.  Can you even imagine how many brights you'd buy with an employee discount?!

Click on the thumbnails below for my fave bright ideas from White Oaks Mall: