Spring Brights

It’s spring – so brighten yourself up with some spring brights. There are LOADS of great, colourful items out there. Choose form bright blue, emerald green, sunshine yellow, bold orange or bright red.

Orange is a big trend, as we have discussed on this blog already this year, but the other brights are also big spring news. Spring brights can be worn alone, or combined for bold colour blocking.

Mix your reds with black and grey for a nod to the 1980s. Or add orange, just one step down the spectrum from red, they complement each other vividly! Wear a full outfit of brights for instant visibility!

spring brights redClockwise, from top left: Pleated skirt, £24.99, New Look, flares, £24.99, H&M, handbag, £35, Betty Jackson Black @ Debenhams, lace cardigan £35, BHS, red shoes, £60, Schuh

Orange is a great sporing brights colour -and take it right through to your summer wardrobe, and then autumn too. It does work with lots of skintones and hair shades. Don’t be afraid of orange, it’s more flattering than you might think.

spring brights orange

Clockwise, from left: Maxi dress, £22.99, New Look, blazer, £tbc, BHS, playsuit, £19.99, New Look, clutch, £29, Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams, fringed sandals, £34.99, New Look

If blue is your thing, then make it cobalt bright electric blue. Another favourite from the 1980s, it works well with black and white, and also with paler, contrasting shades of blue.

spring rights blue

Clockwise, from top left: Palazzo pants, £20, BHS, midi dress, £55, Principles by Ben De Lisi @ Debenhams, maxi dress, £12.99, H&M, cut out sandals, £29.99, New Look

Green is gorgeous on blondes, brunettes and redheads. A flattering shade, bright emerald green is gloriously happy and warm. You need it in your life this season! If it’s too much, maybe an emerald bikini for your holiday?

spring brights green

Clockwise, from left: Green stripe dress, £10 (was £29.99), H&M, bikini top, £26, bottoms, £15, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams, skirt, £29.99, H&M, cardigan, £32, JOY, bracelet, £9, French Connection

Last but by no means least, yellow. The zestiest of spring brights, yellow is instant sunshine. Make sure you have at least one yellow piece in your wardrobe – don’t be afraid of this gorgeous sunny colour.

Spring brights yellow

Clockwise, from top left: Bardot neck top, £12.99, New Look, Broderie Anglaise shell top, £18, BHS, shirt dress, £35, BHS, So Icy Adidas Superstars, £75, Schuh, croc bag, £110, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams

Mardi Gras and Carnival Style

This weekend sees the annual Mardi Gras and Carnival parade in Edinburgh, part of the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival. The parade is a riot of colour, full of bold and bright costumes, and, hopefully, the sun will shine.

No matter the weather, then grab some of your own carnival style by embracing bold and bright jewel colours. Think pinks, magenta, jade green, deep blue, turquoises, greens and yellow – with hot orange thrown in for good luck!

Let’s start that carnival style with a gorgeous maxi dress in a jewel-bright colour. Or maybe a bright animal print jumpsuit – we LOVE this jumpsuit from French Connection.

We’ve featured it on this blog before, and the great news now is that it’s IN THE SALE! Grab it now for £50, down from £125. Bargain carnival style.

Another sale bargain at FC is this lovely carnival maxi in a beautiful turquoise (£43, was £85). H&M’s new-in green glittery kaftan-style maxi (£39.99) is carnival style perfection. Bold blue is a great statement of colour – mix  Louche @ JOY’s maxi (£65 ) with pink and yellow accessories. Or New Look’s lime heels (£22.99). Finally, more hot orange in the shape of a Butterfly by Matthew Williamson maxi (£40, was £80) at Debenhams, and a lovely bag (£28, was £35) by Star by Julien Macdonald @ Debenhams.

Mardi Gras style maxi styleMaybe something shorter is more your carnival style? Show those pins off, and get dancing in a gorgeous pink skater dress from Red Herring @ Debenhams (£32), or a beautiful crochet detail orange dress from Louche @ JOY (£49).

Maybe bright green is your carnival style – show off your curves in this brilliantly bright green ribbed dress at H&M (£24.99). Or go for a floaty, pleated turquoise number from French Connection (£32, was £45). There’s that bright blue again, this time in a pretty one-shoulder Red Herring Instaglam number (£45, Debenhams).

H&M’s sea greens and gold bracelets (£3.99 for four) are a perfect match. Oh, and lime/yellow sandals (£27.30, were £39, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams to complete that carnival style!

Mardi Gras style dressesMix it up with bright carnival style separates. Turquoise sandals (£9, were £19.99, New Look), with a bold yellow top (£30, French Connection), bright blue trousers (£13.50, were £45, J by Jasper Conran @ Debenhams), and a bold orange jacket (£30, Evans @ BHS).

Too much? Never! Add some rainbow beads (£5, Claire’s Accessories), maybe some silver shoes (£19.99, New Look) – metallics for carnival style work brilliantly!

Oh yeah, and a cocktail shaped clutch (£20, Floozie by FrostFrench @ Debenhams) – until you get the real thing, of course!

Marid Gras style seperatesA hot orange jersey playsuit (£12.99, H&M), teamed with a multi-coloured woven necklace (£20, JOY), a gold leather bag (£60, JOY) and a pair of magenta platforms (£39.99, were £80, Red or Dead @ Schuh) is, in our opinion, perfect summer carnival style!

Maybe you prefer a fluted hem skirt in bright orange (£28, was £70, French Connection) and a yellow floral detail top (£12, was £40, Butterfly by Matthew Williamson @ Debenhams). And a cutesy floral necklace (£8, JOY) to complete the look!

Mardi Gras style separates accessoriesNow all you have to do it party, Mardi Gras and carnival style!