THE COLORS OF SUMMER

Five colorful outfits so you'll look your best and brightest this season.

Photos: Kaely Haueter. Model: Lily FitzPatrick. Hair & makeup: Ashley Mendes.

Ah, summer. The sun is warm and shining. The days are longer. Like Cinderella, cartoon bluebirds are dressing us every morning…

Okay, they’re not. But we know exactly what they’d dress us in if they were—bright and vibrant clothes like these. So pack up your grays and throw off the yokes of neutral tones, because from June to September we’re going full Technicolor. Here are the colors of summer and how to wear them.

Don’t be afraid of primary colors, but never wear all three primary colors together.

Don’t be afraid of primary colors, but never wear all three primary colors together.

Always have one go-to white item of clothing. It matches everything and livens any outfit.

Always have one go-to white item of clothing. It matches everything and livens any outfit.

Make use of bandanas and scarves. Tie one around your neck, in your hair or on your wrist.

Make use of bandanas and scarves. Tie one around your neck, in your hair or on your wrist.

You don’t have to go full red. Pink or its sister, crimson, are very summery.

You don’t have to go full red. Pink or its sister, crimson, are very summery.

When mixing patterns, a good rule of thumb is to make sure they’re very different. Don’t mix two kinds of stripes or two floral prints. One of each is juuuust right.

When mixing patterns, a good rule of thumb is to make sure they’re very different. Don’t mix two kinds of stripes or two floral prints. One of each is juuuust right.