Blooming Bloomers: Finding The Perfect Bright-Colored Pants For Spring

April 4, 2011 • Magazine, Runway To Real Way

Alia Rajput

Spring has sprung! And while the weather may not yet reflect it entirely, there are plenty of ways to kick your wardrobe into high gear for the season. Sure, a sundress or two will do the trick, or that first floppy hat for those sunny days to come. But one piece of clothing people generally don’t run out to buy as soon as the temperatures start to rise is pants. After hiding our legs under fabric for months, most of us are thrilled to throw off the shackles of winter and let our bare legs free. Besides, there are not many cute options for springtime pants anyway, right? Wrong! Playful trousers in every color of the rainbow are the hottest item this spring. In fresh bursts of pink, green and yellow they pop in every kind of ensemble and are a welcome reprieve from the humdrum lineup of khaki, olive and denim. The spring runways were brimming with these candy-colored bottoms (and tops!) and we can’t help but follow suit.

What better color to associate with spring and (and the oncoming of summer) than bright, sunny yellow. As if to say, “To heck with cloudy days!” a yellow cascade of fabric will put a smile on the faces of even the sourest skeptics. Max Mara nailed the look by using the same color in two different ways. The vibrant yellow bottoms complement the subtler, shimmering top and the result is one cohesive ensemble. Another fun and flirty option comes courtesy of Paul & Joe, who poured their sunshine into a haltered, wide-legged jumpsuit. The simple one-piece boasts little else to compete with the vibrant hue, so belted, scarfed or with a little bolero—this is an instant dash of springy sass.

They say that blue is calming. And how could it not be, as it’s the color of tranquil tropical waters lapping at your toes. Channel that Zen-like quality into your everyday life with deep, sapphire-toned slacks. The monochromatic set that Costume National sent down their runway conjures up images of the early 80’s power suit, but in a sleek and decidedly more modern way. If you’d like to keep your bold blues below the belt, Diane von Furstenburg serves up an exotic option that’s wrapped and cropped like a sarong-perfect for both hot summer nights and cool sandy beaches with that water at your toes.

One of the few colors that are practically reserved for warm weather is coral. Some form of yellow is good for fall (mustard) or blue for winter (with silver bells), but coral is really only perfect for spring. The color of Easter egg hunts and spring break bikinis, coral is a celebration of all there is to come. Jil Sander gets this in her simplistic and clean-lined outfit, balancing the proportion of the juicy color with an oversized top and slim-fitting trousers. Those trousers will quickly become like a neutral in a spring wardrobe, working equally well with white, black and beige. Luckily, Vanessa Bruno’s tapered option comes in an of the moment silhouette and will be comfortable enough to last through this season and into the next. But once those fall gusts pick up, pack away your coral little secret for next year.

Who better to follow into the world of bright color than the queen of envelope-pushing herself, Betsey Johnson. Just from looking at her, there is no question that the legendary designer is pretty much always having fun. Bike riding and cart wheeling down a runway don’t lie! So throw caution to the wind and dare to wear Kelly green—outside of St. Patrick’s Day. Johnson’s green on green was expertly styled to reflect both a city landscape and a day at the public pool with her cutout bikini top and sheer leggings. If that pairing happens to be a little too risqué for you (and we don’t blame you!) then simpler feats can be achieved. Alice + Olivia provide a sophisticated alternative to wearing green—something between a drunken Irish t-shirt and a country club sweater—with their slouchy and sleek Arthur Pants. The rayon/viscose blend makes them totally breathable for warmer days. And working with anything from a camisole to a cropped blazer, these—along with any of these other kicky knickers—may just be the hippest staple to find it’s way into your closet this season.

1. Yellow Pants
Runway: Max Mara Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Paul & Joe Jaspire Silk-Crepe Halterneck Jumpsuit $1000
2. Blue Pants
Runway: Costume National Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Diane von Furstenberg Sarong Pants $345
3. Coral Pants
Runway: Jil Sander Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Vanessa Bruno Tapered Crepe Pants $425
4. Coral Pants
Runway: Betsey Johnson Spring 2011 RTW
Real Way: Alice + Olivia Arthur Pants $198

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