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Unsure of how to wear those brightly colored trousers lining just about every store for spring? Try these easy, step-by-step recipes for making this style work. 

Diane von Furstenberg is one of my all-time favorite designers. She’s charming, she’s witty but more than anything else she truly understands a woman’s body and how to flatter it. When perusing her latest designs for spring I was struck by the eye-catching colors and how artfully they were mixed together. Whether you’ve tried this style before or are new at it this season, you can make this style work for you with a few simple tips.

Of course you could pair a bright pant with a neutral top like a white tuxedo blouse or a chambray shirt, but you can only do that so many times before you might start wondering about the value of that bright pants purchase. I’ve put together two DVF looks from the collection at Matches Fashion to give you some ideas beyond the obvious.

First, try to pair them with a pattern for an option other than neutral. Go for a print that has one color in common with your trousers.  Although the DVF top above is mostly navy and hints of orange, there are sky blue shots every so often that tie the top to the pants. Rather than continuing this strategy with a matching bag or shoe, go for neutrals or other colors included in your print for an eclectic, artsy vibe. I chose orange accented wedge sandals and a neutral snakeskin clutch.

Color blocking has been huge since last year, and it plays a big part in the DVF line for spring. Take a cue from the masters by pairing colors that are all warm, like the pink, fuchsia and orange above, or all cool, like a cobalt blue and grassy green. Once you feel more comfortable with color blocking, you can add in some contrasting accessories.  I’ve paired this look with neutral accessories and just a hint of fuchsia, but could also pair this top and pants combo with a cobalt handbag or shoe.

What’s your favorite way to wear bright items?

Full Disclosure: Matches Fashion  is a sponsor of Lindsay Living, but outfits shown above were styled by me.