Rainbow Brights: Pants Worth Smiling About

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Rainbow Brights: Pants Worth Smiling About
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As spring blossoms and creates new apparel choices for sunny days, colored pants are showing up on the runway, red carpet and in stores. With fun shades like royal purple, fire-engine red, and aqua -- these colorful pants are brightening the fashion world with the perfect reason to smile this season. Gather some fresh tips on wearing this warm weather staple with the help of hand-picked style experts.

Rule of Two-Thirds
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Rule of Two-Thirds

When in doubt about which colors to pair with your particular shade of pant, turn to the rule of two-thirds, says Angél Hakim, editor of the Chicago-based blog The "It" Girl. Draw an equilateral triangle on the color wheel, see which three shades touch the triangle's tips, then choose two to wear together. Orange and purple share a triangle, which explains why model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's outfit comes together so beautifully.

Fabulous Fur
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Fabulous Fur

If your legs aren't your favorite asset, you may be hesitant to try a colored pair of pants for fear they'll call attention to your lower half. If this is the case, do like model Poppy Delevigne and pair your brights with a fur coat or vest. "The fluffy top creates the illusion of a smaller bottom," said Liz Lange and Jane Wagman, heads of Shopafrolic.com, based in New York.

Not-So-Clashing Colors
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Not-So-Clashing Colors

“Don't be afraid of mixing colors that may traditionally be considered clashing,” explained Lange and Wagman in an interview. “This trend is all about rule breaking.” Dakota Fanning proved this to be true at the Rodarte Fall 2012 fashion show -- not only is she boldly pairing color with color, but her two choices (sky blue and olive green) don't technically complement one another at all, but look fabulous on.

All in the Family
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All in the Family

Have fun with a favorite color by pairing your bright pants with pieces in the same color family. A deep steel-blue pant like TV personality Louise Roe's looks beautiful when paired with a neutral-colored blouse, a relaxed, aqua-colored jacket and a matching pair of aqua heels.

Cute and Cropped
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Cute and Cropped

If you're petite, create the illusion of an elongated figure by finding a bright pant that's cropped at the ankle. Here, actress Rachel Bilson proves that short, straight-up-and-down women don't have to shy away from a loosely fitted pant, which works well when paired with a tucked-in, patterned top and a pair of differently patterned heels. (Again, this trend is all about rule-breaking!)

Keeping It Neutral
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Keeping It Neutral

When deciding what to wear with your brights, neutrals are always a safe, classic bet. Pair your favorite colored pants with a pretty, loosely fitted white top and a pair of tan heels for a crisp, springy look. Complete the outfit with some gold-toned jewelry, like actress Victoria Justice's.

Deep and Dark
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Deep and Dark

If you have a pear-shaped figure, choose a pant in a darker shade. The burgundy bottoms model Olivia Pearson is pictured in look beautiful when paired with a taupe-colored top, a beige clutch and matching beige high heels. If you have a darker skin tone, these neutral shades will work to compliment your own coloring, as well.

Relaxed and Straight-Legged
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Relaxed and Straight-Legged

If you're curvier, choose a relaxed, straight-legged cut like the one designer Mimi Plange is wearing. If you've snagged a pair of awesome orange bottoms, go bold and pair them with a bright pink top -- these two colors complement one another perfectly and are the ideal combination for spring.

Lovely in Leather
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Lovely in Leather

Don't be afraid of colored leather pants. Here, Eliza Dushku proves that this look doesn't have to make you look like a wannabe rock star. Pair them with a neutral top and shoe, and then get matchy-matchy with printed accessories for a look that simultaneously screams bold and classy.

Office-Friendly Brights
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Office-Friendly Brights

Colored pants don't just have a place in your casual wardrobe -- they can be the perfect way to brighten a work outfit, as well. Choose a tailored, flared pant like Masiela Lusha's, then pair it with a simple gray blouse and a pair of pointed black heels.

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