Make like modern art and rock the color-block trend. It’s fun and flattering, and it will square with your budget.
Go for maxi-mum impact with head-to-toe color blocking. This pick is made of sheer polyester, but the built-in slip keeps you well covered.To buy: $175, 888-277-8953.Forever 21 Belt
Polish up a flowy number with a skinny black PVC belt.To buy: $5, forever21.com.Kendra Scott Ring
A giant mother-of-pearl stone is eye-catching against any skin tone.To buy: $75, kendrascott.com.
Feel light on your feet with these white raffia wedges.To buy: $69, macys.com.
In a binary color scheme, vibrant acrylic beads are twice as nice.To buy: $98, erinmcdermott.com.
Kas New York Top
This silk-and-cotton tank has a hip-slimming navy band.To buy: $99, kasnewyork.com for info.NYDJ Jeans
White denim (with hidden panels to lift the rear and smooth the tummy!) offers a clean canvas for brights.To buy: $104, nydj.com.Aldo Sandals
Lucite heels bring a cool, futuristic feel to leather sandals.To buy: $100, aldoshoes.com.
Go ahead and tie one on with help from this dramatic silk top.To buy: $190, solutionsdenim.com.Zara Pants
Call it black magic: The dark panels along the sides and the back give these polyester-blend trousers slenderizing powers.To buy: $80, zara.com for info.Ted Rossi Ring
This snakeskin pyramid is a total charmer.To buy: $98, tedrossi.com.Ann Taylor Bag
A perforated leather clutch lends a sporty-but-swanky vibe.To buy: $118, anntaylor.com.Nine West Flats
Faux-leather peep-toes walk the line between summery sandal and sophisticated skimmer.To buy: $69, ninewest.com.
Break up a two-tone outfit with a quirky multistrand bead-and-tassel necklace.To buy: $40, 888-563-8444.Rachel Rachel Roy Top
This navy ruffled polyester blouse is a basic but not boring partner for a statement skirt.To buy: $79, rachelroy.com.
A pleated polyester skirt doesn’t seem so prim when it’s given the graphic treatment.To buy: $79, nautica.com for info.Alex & Ani Bracelets
Thin gold-tone bangles make for a striking stack.To buy: $38 to $78 each, alexandani.com.Marshalls Sandals
Kick things up a notch with embellished wedges in a geometric gold-and-navy design.To buy: $100, marshallsonline.com for stores.
Jewelry counts, too. These resin-and-metal beads are literally blocks of color.To buy: $102, piperlime.com.Forever 21 Dress
A little neon goes a long way. Case in point, this mod, 60s-inspired polyester shift.To buy: $28, forever21.com for info.Aldo Wedges
Get inches without the blisters, thanks to these stable suede platform wedges.To buy: $90, aldoshoes.com.
These sculptural gold-tone circles can hold their own against brights.To buy: $49, 888-855-4986.Rachel Rachel Roy Dress
A swingy polyester shift is lively and laid-back (and allows you to skip the shapewear).To buy: $89, rachelroy.com.Sequin Bangle
A bold gold-plated cuff fit for the everyday Wonder Woman.To buy: $68, sequin-nyc.com for info.Banana Republic Clutch
Do your own color blocking. Just pair a solid-color dress with contrasting accessories, like this faux-leather clutch.To buy: $90, bananarepublic.com.Express Heels
If the fuchsia footbed isn’t enough of a surprise, these orange faux-suede sandals also have a dressy gold stiletto heel.To buy: $80, express.com.
The safest way to be daring? Go for in-your-face tones in a minimalist silhouette. This polyester style is an ideal example.To buy: $198, 800-289-6229.Boden Belt
It’s nice to echo the black on the sleeves with other touches, like a leather belt.To buy: $38, bodenusa.com.
Skinny by Jessica Elliot Ring
This gold-tone dome ring is dotted with aqua glass beads.To buy: $55, skinnystyle.com.Cosmopolitan Heels
Timeless ankle-strap sandals in faux-patent leather make even the most cutting-edge dress feel more classic.To buy: $35, jcp.com.Ready to color block on your own? Go to realsimple.com/colorwheel to learn which shades go together best.