Let’s start with a confession here. When it comes to experimenting with colors, I am a mess, or should I make that was? Maybe I should go back in time a little and explain myself. A couple of years ago, if you did a quick search of my wardrobe, the only colors you would have found were black, blue, and white.

Fast forward to my present-day wardrobe, and while you will still find a lot of black, blue, and white, you will also find shocks of pink, some orange, and someone-call-the-doctor-‘coz-I-may-be-going-blind neon. The reason―a few color-crazy friends, lots of inspiration from a source that wishes to remain anonymous, and bright-colored pants.

When this kaleidoscopic trend made its appearance on fashion ramps a couple of years ago, I was tempted to dismiss it. After all, who would wear these outrageously-colored bottoms? Boy, was I wrong! These pants are here to stay, and they are all over the place. For today’s fashion-conscious woman (and man), bright-colored pants are the red lipstick equivalent of the clothes world. And if you are a true clotheshorse who has been unsure of how to wear these trousers and what you could wear with them, then here is everything that you would want to know.

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Wear it with Black

You could say that I am a little partial, but then which other color is as universal as it? When wearing colored pants, teaming it with a black blouse is your best bet. Experiment with different cuts and fabrics so that your blouse does not look dowdy or uncared for.
Wear it in White. Another neutral that never fails to impact white is the perfect color to team bright bottoms with on a beautiful summer day. Pretty and feminine blouses would be my favorite picks to the team with colorful pants.

Wear it with other Colors

Love mixing colors? Opt for a color-blocked ensemble. Blue with red, red with green, yellow with orange, orchid pink with salmon, the variations are endless, and for a true color fanatic, this is a dream come true. Just remember, this is a look that needs major cojones.
Wear it with Prints Donning prints are another area that many people tend to shy away from, but if you are comfortable with the idea, wear bright pants with a printed blouse with pops of the same color. This makes for an interesting and refreshing combination that will definitely have people stop in their tracks.

If you are still not sure of making a complete foray into the world of colorful trousers, start with their pastel cousins. Equally trendy, they are the perfect starting point for someone who wants to experiment with color but is still a little wary. Let me warn you, though, once you truly embrace brightly colored pants, nothing else will be good enough. Your once favorite denim will always seem dowdy, your go-to pair of khakis will seem too dull, and your wardrobe essential black trousers will be too basic. It is a wonderfully tempting rabbit hole from which there is absolutely no coming back.

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