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    How to Accessorize with Subtle Pops of Color

    If you’ve been following Wellesley & King for a while, then you know I gravitate towards neutral colors in my wardrobe. And, if you know me in person, then you know that I’m pretty shy and reserved. It’s rare that you’ll see me in a bold, stand out color and sometimes, when I do decide to wear something colorful, I feel like I’m drawing too much attention to myself. Don’t get me wrong though, I do force myself into color now and then (see here and here), but for the most part, I wear a whole lot of white, black and navy.

    Instead of wearing a really bold color, I’ll often add color in more subtle ways, like accessories or lip color. This striped dress I’m wearing is from last year (still available in this color for petites and a slightly different variation in regular sizing–mine is an XS petite). Last year, I styled it with a hot pink skinny belt for some added color, but I just wore it to work as styled below. (I have worn this dress so. many. times. It was definitely well worth the sale price I paid for it, and the material is a heavier cotton that has held up well to machine washing.)

    Here are a few ways you can incorporate subtle pops of color into your look without going crazy:

    • Add a statement necklace

      Statement necklaces can be found just about anywhere and at any price point these days. Mine below is from J.Crew Factory several years ago (last worn here), but that continues to be one of my favorite stores for scoring statement jewelry at affordable prices.

    • Wrap a scarf around your wrist or hair.

      Scarves are making a huge comeback, and more of the streamlined stores (Banana Republic, LOFT, J.Crew) are starting to carry them. They can be worn in so many ways beyond as a neck scarf (e.g., tied as a headband, wrapped around your wrist, looped over a handbag). I picked up two in spring colors that I’m looking forward to styling with my neutral looks for added color.

    • Try a bold color handbag

      If you haven’t noticed how much I love my hot pink handbag, let me tell you now, I love it. This is my everyday bag and it works with everything I have. My spring palette is whites, khakis, and shades of purples and blues. This bright addition gives every look some personality. I’m so happy with this purchase. (I do regret not getting this one monogrammed. Does anyone know of anywhere to get monogramming around Pittsburgh?)

    • Wear a bright colored lipstick

      Lipstick is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to “spring-ify” your look. I’m a huge fan of MAC lipsticks (I posted a few of my favorites here); they are highly pigmented and come in a ton of flattering shades. Below, I’m wearing Morange (a bright red-orange) and also love Pink Noveau (a bright pink), Heroine (a bold purple), and Candy Yum Yum (a hot pink). I do a lot of matching a color pop, either on a handbag or piece of jewelry, with my lipstick in order to tie the look together. Morange was the perfect choice to tie in my necklace and nail color for a consistent look from head-to-toe.

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    SHOP THE LOOK:

    J.Crew Factory Striped Dress (regular and petite) | Nine West Espadrilles (old–similar here and love these!) | J.Crew Factory necklace (old–similar here) | J.Crew Edit handbag | MAC Lipstick in Morange