Bright Ideas to Make Neutrals Pop

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Bright Ideas to Make Neutrals Pop
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Neutrals are your style. You feel comfortable in black, taupe, cream, beige and gray. But all those bright accessories out there have you thinking an orange belt or bright-colored pair of shoes would give your sophisticated but quiet palette a shot of pop. And you're right on target.

Scarf
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Scarf

Princess Siriwanwaree Nareerat of Thailand uses her all-black outfit as a canvas for her brightly printed statement scarf in Paris in October 2011. A long one worn loose, like Nareerat's, is one of many ways to rock a scarf. Tie a rectangular one around your neck in a European knot, use a square scarf to fill a deep V-neck or use a long one as a belt to bring on the brights.

Belt
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Belt

Boxer Regina Halmich wears a bright orange tie belt to liven up a gray dress at an appearance in Berlin in September 2011. A bright leather belt makes a statement when worn over a black sweater and jeans or a fitted top and a trendy full maxi skirt.

Shoes
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Shoes

Ginevra Elkann, budding film director and part of Italy's Agnelli family, puts on not just one bright color, but many, in standout multicolored shoes at the Venice Film Festival in September 2011. Every girl knows that shoes make the outfit, and they provide an excellent way to bring on the brights, as the stylish Elkann illustrates so well.

Handbag
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Handbag

A bright yellow clutch punches up actress Hailee Steinfeld's black-and-white dress at "Teen Vogue's" Young Hollywood party in Los Angeles in September 2011. Handbags of all styles come in trendy brights -- hobos, satchels, crossbodies -- so grab one to amp up the power quotient with jeans and casual skirts.

Hat
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Hat

Actress Claire Holt makes a strong impression with a bright cobalt blue hat paired with a cream top at "Teen Vogue's" Young Hollywood party in Los Angeles in September 2011. Put on an alluring, bright chapeau with just about any neutral outfit, and you'll revel in all those admiring glances coming your way.

Head Wrap
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Head Wrap

Actress Sophie Monk turns up the volume with a brightly striped head wrap at a charity event in Los Angeles in October 2011. A bright head wrap adds both drama and pop to casual neutrals, such as sweaters and tunic tops, and more dressed-up pieces. Just leave the statement jewelry at home, as Monk does here.

Statement Jewelry
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Statement Jewelry

Actress Kasia Smutniak's emerald statement necklace takes center stage, with her taupe dress playing a supporting role, at a jewelry line launch in Rome in September 2011. Jewelry made of such stones as emerald, sapphire and topaz, or glass copies of these gems, is both bright and sparkly. It is a standout for pop creation no matter what you wear with it -- or when.

Color Block
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Color Block

Actress Elisha Cuthbert goes all in for the trendy color-block look at New York Fashion Week in September 2011. Bright teal and bold gold play off her mostly black dress to tremendous effect. Doing color block is simple, right out of your closet. Pair black pants or jeans with a bright blouse or tunic -- red, teal, emerald -- to achieve this look. If you're bold, turn it upside down and wear red, green or turquoise jeans with a black top.

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