There’s no better time to be inspired by color than spring. And there’s no better place to look for stunning shades than the red carpet, where celebrities are turning heads in brightly colored looks. We’re talking way beyond a pop of pastel here. This new spring trend doubles up on the wow-factor by incorporating *two* bold hues in one outfit. It’s just the inspiration we need to shake up our looks for the season and help us land on an A-list of our own. Scroll through to see the best celeb-approved spring color combos, plus ways to wear the power duos IRL.
Salmon Pink + Lavender
Mixing pink and purple in one outfit can tend to give off some major Lisa Frank vibes, but at the Australian premiere of Cinderella, Cate Blanchett pulled off the youthful color combo in the most elegant way possible. All it took was a punchy pastel update. Take this girly color combo to an edgy place with a lavender moto jacket and a pink gradient fringe necklace.
Brit + Co x Polyvore Tassel Necklace Kit ($25) + Pixie Market Lavender Neoprene Cropped Biker Jacket ($79); Photo via Lisa Maree Williams /Getty
Teal + Fuchsia
Taylor Swift’s red carpet Grammys look did more than just sparkle (and show off those “$40 million” legs), it featured an updated take on the classic style pairing of green and pink. Turn her gown and platforms into an everyday-ready look with a teal striped shirt dress that’s work-to-weekend ready and walkable fuchsia heels that you can wear to alllll of the weddings you have to attend this spring.
Tangerine + Burgundy
At this year’s Film Independent Spirit Awards, Olivia Munn channeled her inner ’90s babe with a moody color combo of burgundy and tangerine (+ porcelain pale skin and a wine lip, *swoon*). Keep that vibe alive with a breezy sherbet blouse and berry body-con wrap skirt that would look equally rad on date night with clunky Doc Martens or sporty platform sandals.
Baby Blue + Black
You’ll never think of black and blue as a fashion faux pas once you peep the lacy cocktail dress Anna Kendrick wore to the BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party. Although the colors come out through delicate embroidery on her red carpet frock, the combo doesn’t have to be so airy IRL. Baby blue is actually one of the most refined ways to complement black, so don’t be shy: layer a powdery, made-for-spring suede jacket over a casual LBD for the most perfectly elevated weekend look.
Lime Green + Hot Pink
There was no not noticing Zendaya in her indulgently ’80s-style hot pink and lime bandeau dress— a look truly made for a pop star — at the iHeartRadio Awards. But that doesn’t mean this wild color combo should remain off limits to real girls when you can put a subtler spin on the look with a pair of electric green tailored trousers and pop of bright pink on your pout with a velvety lip tint.
Orange + White
You won’t find any candy cane references here: Kate Bosworth hit a hole in one with her crater-filled orange and white outfit at Dior’s Mid-Winter Gala. As you can see, crisp white elements help dress up any look — we’d pair a full pair of white culottes with an orange sweatshirt to create a work-ready look that feels effortless and glamorous at the same time.
Cotton Candy Pink + Espresso Brown
Thanks to the ’70s revival trend, earth tones are in this season. Leave it to Rihanna to make those neutral tones look incredibly sexy in her grungy-glam outfit at the celebration dinner for the opening of Fendi’s flagship store in NYC. Keep these muted tones feeling flirty in a slinky blush tank and an espresso A-line mini skirt in a look that’s ready to hit the dance floor.
Ash Blue + Red
We’re big, big fans of Hilary Duff’s mermaid hair makeover, especially when she pairs her “faded denim”-hued hair with a vampy red gown that screams grown-ass woman (go girl!). Take the color combo to a more playful place with a fiery red popover sundress and festival-ready mirrored sunglasses in a trendy tinted blue shade.
What are your favorite offbeat color combinations for spring? Tell us which celebs you look up to for style inspo in the comments below.