article_wear-brights.jpgFail-safe colors like black, navy, and beige will always have a dear place in our closets. But during the summer, it seems the general consensus is bright, brighter, and brightest—perfectly understandable when we have the warm sun gleaming over our heads.

Wary about wearing such look-at-me colors? Don't be! Here, we take five punchy pieces—the dress, the top, the trouser, the skirt, and the shoe—and show you how to wear them for work, party, and weekend. Click "next" for our suggestions.

a_wear-brights.jpgTHE BRIGHT SHOE
Have some hesitations about going all out bright? Start slowly with a statement shoe.
Lime cross-strap heel, P1,700, Forever 21

Work: You can't go wrong with a monochromatic trouser suit to show you mean business. Ease up on the severity with pops of color via your shoes and accessory.
Black blazer, P3,345, Dorothy Perkins; black camisole, P1,345, Warehouse; black trousers, P2,545, Dorothy Perkins; lime stud necklace, P385, Forever 21

Party: Encase those wonderful curves in a clingy midi dress with embellished shoulders. The navy hue works as a neutral, allowing the heel to stand out even more.
Navy sequin shoulder midi dress, P1,850, Plains & Prints; gray teardrop earrings, P540, Parfois

Weekend: A pair of jeans and a t-shirt are standard downtime essentials. Bring them to newer heights by going for a quirky cat print tee, lilac skinnies, and an armful of colorful bangles.
Cat print shirt, P815, Forever 21; lilac skinny jeans, P995, Regatta; pastel bangles, P505, Forever 21

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- Dorothy Perkins is available at SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, The Podium, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, and Robinsons Place Manila.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, and SM Cebu.
- Plains & Prints is available at Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alabang Town Center, Ali Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Gateway, Market! Market!, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Star Mills, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, SM Bacoor, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Lucena, SM Pampanga, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Marilao, SM Masinag, SM Lipa, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
- Regatta is available at Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Place Manila, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM Fairview, Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Greenbelt 3.
- Warehouse is available at SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, The Podium, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, and Robinsons Place Manila.

b_wear-brights.jpgTHE BRIGHT SKIRT
This organza skater skirt brings to mind Molly Ringwald in Pretty in Pink—never a bad thing in our book.
Hot pink skirt, P3,095, Miss Selfridge

Work: You can't beat the combination of pink and some very girly pieces. Think a chiffon blouse, elegant earrings, and a beribboned pump for an outfit that's bound to steal hearts at the office.
Cream pussy bow blouse, P2,035, Dorothy Perkins; old rose knot studs, P279, Parfois; nude bow heel, P3,999, CMG

Party:
Girls' nights out are all about getting in touch with your inner coquette. For a naughty but nice streak, test drive a corset top and a highlighter pink heel with your skirt.
Floral corset, P2,295, Topshop; black heart studs, P279, Parfois; hot pink slingback, P999, So! Fab

Weekend:
In the mood for some retro references? Look to the '50s when getting dressed this weekend. A button-down knotted at the waist is a cute way of offering a sliver of skin.
White sleeveless button-down with contrast trim, P895, Regatta; floral ring, P225, Forever 21; nude lace wedge, P1,499, Ferretti

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- CMG is available at Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Midtown, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Gateway, Glorietta, Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and Trinoma, among other locations.
- Dorothy Perkins is available at SM Mall of Asia, Power Plant Mall, Trinoma, The Podium, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Magnolia, and Robinsons Place Manila.
- Ferretti is available at Glorietta 1, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Robinsons Place Cagayan de Oro, Gaisano Mall Davao, and Gaisano Mall General Santos.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- Miss Selfridge is available at Greenbelt 5 and Robinsons Magnolia.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, and SM Cebu.
- Regatta is available at Alabang Town Center, Eastwood Mall, Glorietta 3, Robinsons Place Manila, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM Fairview, Trinoma, Gateway Mall, and Greenbelt 3.
- So! Fab is available at Glorietta 1, Market! Market!, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alimall Cubao, Greenhills Shoppesville, SM Clark, SM Manila, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Southmall, Ayala Cebu, and SM Cebu, among other locations.
- Topshop is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, The Podium, Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, and Ayala Center Cebu.

c_wear-brights.jpgTHE BRIGHT TOP
Transition the hardworking peplum to summer by opting for one in a lightweight fabric and minty hue.
Duck egg blue top, P1,895, Miss Selfridge

Work: Balance the top's flounced shape with a slim pencil skirt in vertical stripes that elongate the frame. Unobtrusive patent pumps complete the look.
Black and white striped pencil skirt, P1,550, The Ramp; silver rhinestone snake ring, P479, Parfois; black peeptoe, P2,799, CMG

Party: Take the top for a spin on the dance floor by pairing it with sky-high sandals and leg-lengthening shorts. The former's metallic material and the latter's bouclé fabric add a touch of extravagance.
Cream bouclé shorts, P2,795, Miss Selfridge; gold mixed material necklace, P580, Parfois; gold studded sandal, P1,799, So! Fab

Weekend: Pumped up kicks are all the rage these days. Floral wedge sneakers and crisp white shorts make for casual Sunday wear.
White denim shorts, P895, Plains & Prints; lime bangle, P505, Forever 21; floral wedge sneaker, P2,090, Forever 21

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- CMG is available at Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Midtown, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Gateway, Glorietta, Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and Trinoma, among other locations.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- Miss Selfridge is available at Greenbelt 5 and Robinsons Magnolia.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, and SM Cebu.
- Plains & Prints is available at Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alabang Town Center, Ali Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Gateway, Market! Market!, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Star Mills, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, SM Bacoor, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Lucena, SM Pampanga, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Marilao, SM Masinag, SM Lipa, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
- So! Fab is available at Glorietta 1, Market! Market!, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alimall Cubao, Greenhills Shoppesville, SM Clark, SM Manila, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Southmall, Ayala Cebu, and SM Cebu, among other locations.
- The Ramp Crossings is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Trinoma, Glorietta, and Quezon Avenue.

d_wear-brights.jpgTHE BRIGHT TROUSER
Embrace summer's bohemian spirit in these paisley pants. The structured fit makes up for the eccentric print.
Coral trousers, P1,850, R.A.F.

Work: The humble suit gets updated for summer in a dizzying pattern. A word of advice: this look may be best left to those working in creative environments.
Coral paisley blazer, P1,850, R.A.F.; white v-neck shirt, P445, Bayo; cream disc earrings, P280, Forever 21; gold cross-strap sandal, P2,499, CMG

Party: White may be an unexpected choice for night, but who's to say you can't wear it with aplomb? Besides, with pants this head-turning, the delicate top makes for a balanced look.
White appliqué top, P2,595, Miss Selfridge; gold bangles, P395, Plains & Prints; tan glitter peeptoe, P1,299, So! Fab

Weekend: If the Spring/Summer 2013 shows are any indication, the midriff takes center stage this season. Dare to wear a white crop top for a decidedly '90s feel.
White camisole (styled as a crop top), P495, Bayo; gold chain necklace, P840, Parfois; metallic ankle strap sandal, P899, So! Fab

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- Bayo is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, TriNoma, Alabang Town Center, Greenbelt 5, Power Plant Mall, Eastwood Mall, SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, Robinsons Galleria, Greenhills, Gateway, Podium, Glorietta 3, Market! Market!, Festival Mall, Robinsons Ermita, Sta. Lucia East, SM Fairview, Robinsons Metro East, SM Manila, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM Bicutan, SM Marikina, and SM Cebu, among other locations.
- CMG is available at Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Midtown, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Gateway, Glorietta, Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and Trinoma, among other locations.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- So! Fab is available at Glorietta 1, Market! Market!, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alimall Cubao, Greenhills Shoppesville, SM Clark, SM Manila, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Southmall, Ayala Cebu, and SM Cebu, among other locations.
- Miss Selfridge is available at Greenbelt 5 and Robinsons Magnolia.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, and SM Cebu.
- Plains & Prints is available at Trinoma, SM North EDSA, Alabang Town Center, Ali Mall, Eastwood City Walk, Gateway, Market! Market!, SM Megamall, Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Place Manila, Robinsons Metro East, Glorietta 5, Glorietta 3, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Mall of Asia, Robinsons Star Mills, Robinsons Sta. Rosa, SM Bacoor, SM Fairview, SM Manila, SM Lucena, SM Pampanga, SM San Lazaro, SM Southmall, SM Sucat, SM Sta. Mesa, SM Marilao, SM Masinag, SM Lipa, and Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall.
- R.A.F. is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, SM Megamall, SM Mall of Asia, Trinoma, and Eastwood.

e_wear-brights.jpgTHE BRIGHT DRESS
A simple shift dress is a wardrobe staple you'll wear over and over. This particular style's double slits offer a tasteful flash of skin.
Fuchsia dress, P1,850, The Ramp

Work: Slits and missing sleeves may be too racy for the office. Take the conservative route by throwing on a light trench with contrast piping.
Cream trench with black piping, P1,490, The Ramp; pink firework ring, P580, Parfois; black ankle strap sandal, P2,795, Ferretti

Party: On its own, the bright frock speaks volumes. Take it to cocktail hour with the addition of a jet black necklace and platform sandals.
Black enamel necklace, P735, Forever 21; black textured sandal, P1,499, So! Fab

Weekend: A throwback to your collegiate days, the varsity jacket is the perfect cover-up solution for effortless off-duty style.
Denim varsity jacket, P4,395, Topshop; gold two-finger snake ring, P479, Parfois; black metal tip loafer, P1,999, CMG

Looking to buy? Use our store directory for easy shopping:
- CMG is available at Robinsons Galleria, Robinsons Midtown, Power Plant Mall, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alabang Town Center, Gateway, Glorietta, Greenhills, SM Mall of Asia, SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, and Trinoma, among other locations.
- Ferretti is available at Glorietta 1, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall, Robinsons Place Bacolod, Robinsons Place Cagayan de Oro, Gaisano Mall Davao, and Gaisano Mall General Santos.
- Forever 21 is available at SM Megamall, SM Makati, SM North EDSA The Block, SM Mall of Asia, SM City Cebu, and SM Lanang Premier.
- Parfois is available at Glorietta 4, SM Megamall, SM Southmall, Gateway Mall, Abreeza Mall, SM Davao, and SM Cebu.
- So! Fab is available at Glorietta 1, Market! Market!, Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Alimall Cubao, Greenhills Shoppesville, SM Clark, SM Manila, SM North Edsa The Block, SM Southmall, Ayala Cebu, and SM Cebu, among other locations.
- Topshop is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Power Plant Mall, Alabang Town Center, Bonifacio High Street, Greenbelt 3, SM Mall of Asia, The Podium, Robinsons Place Ermita, Robinsons Galleria, Trinoma, and Ayala Center Cebu.
- The Ramp Crossings is available at Shangri-La Plaza Mall, Trinoma, Glorietta, and Quezon Avenue.

(Photos by Dakila Angeles. Styling by Patricia Dayacap. Assisted by Marianne Salazar. Layout by Mike Dee.)

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