Make your bottoms bright 0
Spring brings colour to our world and our closets.
This season look no further than your bottom - with coloured denim springing up in nearly all retailers.
The brightly hued and patterned denim trend, which has been sported by everyone from the Duchess of Cambridge to Beyonce and Jessica Alba, is popping up in the closets of everyday women and men.
"We're really seeing a lot of unusual colour combinations that we haven't normally embraced, but they're totally appropriate and completely on trend," says style expert and creative director of TheStyleHouse.ca, Afiya Francisco.
From bright reds, light blues, yellows, coral and everything in between, the right pair can spruce up your warmer season wardrobe. But if you're a little unsure of how to pull off the bold look, just keep it simple, says Anthony Casalanguida, general manager of Yorkdale Shopping Centre.
"You can play it safe; match a skinny red pant for example with any top in a peach, camel or light grey and it's a simple way to sport the trend," Casalanguida says.
"If you want to be a little more adventurous, use the colour wheel ... Move closely to the colour of your pants, so a lavender jean with a pale yellow sweater or an orange bottom with a navy top and then you can work your accessories to this colour palette as well."
Francisco also recommends using the hue of your pants and matching lighter or darker tones with that colour.
"We're seeing the pastel from head to toe, the yellow jean for example - it would be completely appropriate to see that paired with an equally vibrant or toned-down yellow depending on the hue, or looking for a pattern with a little bit of that colour in it to give some cohesion between the top and the bottom," she said.
Both experts also agree -- you can't go wrong with a pair of bright pants and a simple white tee and blazer.
The colourful denim and fun patterns aren't new however, says Greg Moreau, director of Stores for GUESS Canada, it's just fashion recycling itself. GUESS recently marked its 30th anniversary and brought back a Capsule Collection featuring some of the brand's most iconic looks, including Gingham-patterned pants and Daisy-printed denim.
"These are timeless looks and pieces we wanted to bring back. Women can still mix and match these items and no one would know they originally came out in 1989," Moreau said.
This trend is not just for the ladies. Colourful hues have made their way into the men's department at Zara, Topman, American Apparel, H&M, Gap and many other retailers, Casalanguida adds, and the same styling tips apply to the fellas too, he says.
The trend is also doable without going broke, although a fabulous pair of denim can tip the price scales.
"We're seeing coloured denim as low as $30, and as high as $270 and upwards of $300 so that really runs the price gamut," Francisco says.
"If it's something you think you will continue to enjoy past spring and summer I would say go ahead and indulge. Otherwise if it's a trend you're not too sure about but want to test it out, the less expensive jeans are doing a really good job in terms of manufacturing."
Just because you're sporting bright bottoms, also doesn't mean you have to go colour-crazy.
"Let the denim be the stand-out piece -- you don't have to go head to toe colour," Francisco said.
Using chunky bangles or a patterned scarf over a simple T-shirt can easily add to your wardrobe, Casalanguida advises. Choose softer colours first, like a light blue (that look like light jeans) to help ease into the style.
"If you match and pair it accordingly, even individuals who are 'colour virgins' we'll call them, will be fine with it," he said.
"The most important thing is to not be afraid to experiment -- you're wearing those bright pants anyway -- go bold."