Update Your Summer Wardrobe in 5 Steps

Accent With Trends

Trends may be impractical sometimes (neon yellow handbags?) especially when they only last a season. However, that doesn't mean you should ban them from your closet. In fact, incorporating a few trendy pieces is one of the quickest and easiest ways to update a stale or out-of-season wardrobe.

While it might be fun to completely revamp your style according with the trends of each season, it would also be time-consuming and wildly expensive. Save your dough for the classics -- a great fitting black dress, a dark blazer, a cute and comfy pair of shoes -- and choose less expensive versions of more up-to-the-minute styles. That way, if you hate those tangerine-colored ballet flats in two weeks, you won't feel too bad pawning them off on a friend or younger sibling. And who knows -- the converse has been known to happen as well. If you end up absolutely loving the statement necklace you found for a painless $10, you know a similar, higher-end version is a good investment.

Overall, think of trendy pieces as the caramel sauce on top of your style sundae. They're there to add a little extra flair to something that's already great, but no one wants to just eat a bowl of caramel sauce. Weaving trends into an outfit you already like can kick it up to a brighter, bolder, level.

Speaking of bright, summer wouldn't be summer without some heavy-duty color. Read on to find out how to update your wardrobe with some rich, bold hues.