How to style: A Pop of Color

November 18, 2015


Adding a pop of color can add a lot of life to a look, but the question I get most as a stylist is WHEN to add that pop.  My response is  “when you are in a fun and lively mood”.  My answer is usually never based on an outfit, but rather if the wearer is ready to stand out.   That is exactly what a pop of color does – it’s a way of adding a real eye-catching piece to your look that will draw attention.      That said, there are definitely outfits that work better with an added pop than others.  Below are some ideas when and how to add that pop!

1.  The simplest and no-fail way to add a pop of color is to start with a monochromatic outfit (all one color or a black and white).  An all black ensemble is probably the easiest to work with, but any neutral outfit will look awesome when paired with most colors.

2. When an outfit has no more than 2 colors and one or both are a neutral color.  This is how I styled my look today.  Starting with a black canvas I added a neutral camel color and then a nice pop of wine.  The key to adding the right pop is that all the colors coordinate and look beautiful together.

3.  When adding a pop of color to an outfit that contains a print,  pick a color that is in the print.  Depending on how busy the pattern is, I usually like to add the least used color as the pop.

4.  Anything that is worn should fit really well, but this is especially important when the piece “pops” – whether it is a blazer, coat, skirt, pants, etc. it needs to be tailored to perfection.  If the pop comes from the shoes then make sure you can walk in them easily and they look flattering.  As for handbags being the eye-catching piece, make sure it is in proportion to your frame (a giant bright handbag on a petite frame will end up looking silly).

5. One must also consider how many statement pieces the outfit has.  As a general guideline I usually like an outfit to have no more than two statement pieces, any more and the look can feel too busy.  So when considering adding a pop of color make sure it doesn’t compete with the look.

chunky scarf and leather moto jacketdainty rings and chunky scarfa pop of color The color of these perfect pumps are just so beautiful and looks so right for this time of year. a pop of color

Jacket: Belstaff (similar and similar I also have THIS one and it would also make a fantastic alternative – love it and its on sale! )
Shirt: Helmut Lang
Jeans: Victoria Beckham  On Sale!  One of my favorite pairs of jeans I have in both colors: in blue here
Shoes: Rupert Sanderson
Scarf: I Love Mr. Mittens (similarsimilar and similar)
Bag: M2Malletier
Sunglasses: Stella McCartney
Rings: Parpala Jewelry

Thanks for visiting!  xx Erica

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  • Reply stylemelauren2014 November 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Beautiful post!! Seriously loving those pumps!! Xo


  • Reply carrie November 18, 2015 at 10:44 AM

    Really great tips as always. I like your comment about tailoring and also about keeping the pops to two. I could probably tame down some of my looks. 😉


    • Reply erica November 18, 2015 at 2:19 PM

      You do pops of color like no other! You can do a zillion pops and you would always get it right!

      xx Erica

  • Reply Heidi November 18, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    You are always so flawless! Love the red shoes!

    Wishes & Reality

  • Reply Carolyn November 18, 2015 at 5:46 PM

    I love that scarf! So want a cardigan from there

  • Reply xoxobellablog November 18, 2015 at 10:02 PM

    Awesome tips!! I love adding a little something to each of my outfits!! I’m loving the shoes

  • Reply TheBlogness November 19, 2015 at 12:30 AM

    Lovely post! Thanks for the fashion tips 🙂

  • Reply Margarita Maslova November 19, 2015 at 2:45 AM

    Love your scarf! So cozy and pretty! perfect jeans!

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  • Reply natcrys November 20, 2015 at 3:56 AM

    Definitely like the pop of colour that those red heels are providing! 🙂

    Great outfit! 🙂

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  • Reply Claire Maïwenn November 21, 2015 at 5:11 AM

    Thanks for tips!
    Perfect look, like always.



  • Reply Jessie November 22, 2015 at 11:35 PM

    Great post to share.

  • Reply Cindy November 23, 2015 at 9:25 AM

    I’ve never thought to pair camel and wine together – thank you so much for the inspo! Also that scarf – I NEED THAT SCARF!

    xx Cindy

  • Reply Cassie November 25, 2015 at 5:32 PM

    Hi Erica
    I love your blog, its my favorite style blog I visit. Who designed your website? It’s absolutely gorgeous.

    • Reply erica November 30, 2015 at 8:38 PM

      Hi Cassie,
      Thank you! My husband actually designed my website. Lucky me! xx Erica

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