A fun sartorial antidote to the glum economic news is bright denim: jeans in bold hues like lemon yellow, vibrant aqua, cool coral, emerald green, cotton candy pink, royal purple, and luscious tangerine. To rock the look like a pro, the style experts at Cotton Incorporated recommend keeping the rest of your ensemble toned-down. "When wearing bright denim, your jeans are the focal point. Pair it with tops, cardigans, and tees in neutral colors." Also, to balance the brightness of the color, keep the cut body-conscious, skinny, and ankle length. "Baggier cuts in bright and bold colors can be overwhelming, causing you to look larger than your actual size." If you're feeling more daring, add a burst of color with a cotton scarf, a cotton tunic in a contrasting color, or even a shade of nail polish from OPI's BrightPair collection (designed in conjunction with coordinating Paige Premium Denim crops and shorts); alternatively, a graphic black-and-white zebra print looks fab paired with a bright. And don't forget to care for your investment: before laundering turn your jeans inside-out, wash only in cold water with a color-safe detergent, and NEVER use bleach. For more tips and cotton care tricks, check out TheFabricOfOurLives.com.
- Lesley Scott