The red carpet doesn’t typically translate easily into real life—floor-length ball gowns, millions of dollars worth of diamonds, and head-to-toe sequins just aren’t realistic outfit choices for everyday (or, ever, if you’re not a celebrity). But this year’s Golden Globes brought an eye-catching new trend that not only works in the real world, but also on any skin tone, and any body.
Reese Witherspoon, Viola Davis, and (a very pregnant) Natalie Portman all walked the red carpet in a striking shade of yellow—proving that the bold hue isn’t as difficult to pull off as you might think. Plus, the cheery pop of color is the perfect answer to dreary winter days. Give the trend a test drive with these stylish, wearable picks and easy pointers on how to work them into your wardrobe.
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Not feeling confident working such a bright color into your wardrobe? A removable layer is the perfect solution. This sunny topper will keep you smiling during your commute, and eliminates the worry of what to style it with—just toss it on over your outfit and go.
To buy: Topshop Longline Boyfriend Coat, $150; topshop.com.
Make It Personal
Different variations of the color will look better on different skin tones, so try on a range to feel out what works best for you. (Hint: Pale skin often looks best in creamier hues, while muted shades flatter olive undertones and vibrant colors create a gorgeous contrast against darker complexions).
To buy: Mango V-neck Sweater, $60; mango.com.
Add An Accessory
Completely color-phobic? Instead of going all-out with an item of clothing, try adding a small pop with a statement accessory, like these tassel earrings. Even a tiny addition like these bright baubles can really wake up a neutral ensemble.
To buy: Bauble Bar Tratar Drop Earrings, $32; nordstrom.com.