{Fashion} Spring’s Sunset Shades: Bright Pink and Red

Hurrah, it’s spring! Now slowly back away from those pastels. The colors of the season are BRIGHT. Specifically, bright pink and red. We saw these hot hues peeking out from under coats and jackets throughout Fashion Week.

The key to wearing them: don’t be over the top, but don’t be too tentative. Head-to-toe pink and red will leave you looking like FOFBarbie. But one pink bangle is a snooze. Instead, invest in a few fab pieces and use them two-or-three at a time to pull a basic look together.

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Picture these beauties with a bright pink sweater, blue jeans and neutral flats.
Splurge: Watercolor silk scarf from Ann Taylor, $98.
Save: Made of me double dot scarf from Nordstrom, $29.

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Summer staple jewelry that you can wear with linen pants and a t-shirt, a simple shift, a dress suit…you get the idea. Don’t forget to pair them with that gorgeous scarf (above) or any of the other pieces (below).
Splurge: Adreena Bangle Set by Amrita Singh from PinkMascara, $115
Save: Cara Mixed Media Bangles from Nordstrom, $58

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Meet your new neutral summer bag. Believe it or not, you can pair these with just about anything in your closet. Bonus points for mixing in another bold hue such as neon yellow or electric blue.
Splurge: Flicker-Tenley Patent Crossbody Bag by Kate Spade $178
Save: Small Patent Crossbody Bag from Steve By Steve Madden, $78

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Swap these for your regular jeans or khakis and suddenly you’ve got “a look.” Especially great with nautical striped tops, khaki blazers and latte-colored accessories.
Splurge: Alisha Skinny Stretch Jeans by Not Your Daughter’s Jeans from Nordstrom, $104
Save: Signature Colored Denim Flared Crop Jeans from Talbots, $79.50

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Like the bags, these beauties are a surprising neutral. Wear them instead of a basic black flat with all your summer faves.
Splurge: Erin Patent Leather Ballet Flat by Michael Kors from Neiman Marcus, $150
Save: Patent Ballerina from Zara, $39.50

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Swap this for the neutral spring cover-up you normally wear (we’re all guilty of wearing a navy or grey cardigan just a few days too many–it’s ok). Even better, pair the pink top with your red pants and visa versa. Add gold accessories and you’ll glow like the sun…or, better yet, the sunset.

Splurge: Cashmere V-Neck Cardigan from J.Crew, $178
Save: MOD.lusive Roll Sleeve Cardigan from Nordstrom, $42

{Street-Spotted} Mary Valentine and Cara Rowe Groenings

FOFs Mary Valentine and Cara Rowe Groenings share a very close friendship and a very preppy wardrobe. Cara (right) works for the Ralph Lauren store in Greenwich, CT, and Mary (left) is Cara’s client and friend. (Mary is also the daughter of former Brooklyn Dodgers pitcher Ralph Branca and the wife of former Mets manager Bobby Valentine). FOF spotted the pair outside the Ralph Lauren show wearing–you guessed it–head-to-toe Ralph Lauren.

Names: Mary Valentine (left) and Cara Groenings (right)

How would you describe your style?
Cara
: Tweed, casual and elegant.
Mary: Connecticut…. Comfortable, wearable, stylish.

You guys do look comfortable.
Mary:
We are not victims of heels today.

How long does it take you both to get dressed in the morning?
Cara: It depends…
Mary: Are we counting makeup or not?

Let’s say, without makeup
Mary: When you have a closet full of wonderful Ralph Lauren clothes you can mix and match in five minutes.
Cara: I’d say without makeup, five minutes. Longer, if you have a blouse with, like, 25 buttons.

On Cara and Mary:
Ralph Lauren (all items)

{Poll} Which look do you like best?

Amid the sea of beauties bundled in black, these fabulously stylish FOFs stood out at Fashion Week thanks to their colorful coats. Tell us, which look do you like best?

What she’s wearing:
Coat
— Vintage Geoffrey Beene
Turtleneck
Alice + Olivia
Earrings
David Webb
Bag
Lambertson Truex
Boots
Manolo Blahnik
Fur Collar
Paola Quadretti
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What she’s wearing:
Coat — Lilli Ann
Bag
kit + lili
Shoes
— Vintage Ann Klein
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What she’s wearing:
Coat
— vintage
BagBCBG
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