9 Ways to Wear Brightly Colored Pants

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Wear Bright Skinny Jeans with Something Preppy.

Kate Middleton in coral skinny jeans.
Kate Middleton in coral skinny jeans. Chris Jackson/Getty Images

Steal a page from Kate Middleton's style book and pair your brightly colored skinny jeans with something classic and preppy like a navy blazer (it works for the Duchess of Cambridge!)

Orange and coral skinny jeans and pants go back beautifully with dark neutrals like navy (but black looks too Halloweenish), white, denim and other brights like yellow or cobalt.

Shop for Kate Middleton's tangerine skinny jeans from JBrand

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Wear Red Pants with Pink.

Ali Landry in red pants
Ali Landry in red pants. Valerie Macon/Getty Images

Match the intensity of red pants with another bright, like hot pink: the effect is a hip color-block effect that would also work well with another bright like yellow or orange (maybe bring it in the form of bright shows or handbag.) Shop for red pants

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Pair Brightly Colored Pants with Prints.

Ashlee Keating in red pants paired with a print.
Ashlee Keating in red pants paired with a print. David Livingston/Getty Images

Want something that can hold its own against a bright color like red pants? Try a bold print that contains the color so it really pops.

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Wear Brights with Yellow.

Garcelle Beauvais in cobalt pants and yellow top.
Garcelle Beauvais in cobalt pants and yellow top. Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Yellow goes well back with every bright, from hot pink to cobalt to red. Use it as a top for a colorblock effect or just as a pop of color (wear it in shoes or a bag.) Shop for cobalt pants

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Pair yellow pants with white.

Julia Malik in yellow pants
Julia Malik in yellow pants. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

You can't go wrong wearing any brightly colored pants with white. Paired with a classic white shirt, yellow pants look high fashion and professional at the same time. Or add other white pieces like a white leather jacket to tone down bright skinny jeans. Shop for yellow pants

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Wear Bright Pants with Black.

Leigh Lezark in red pants
Leigh Lezark in red pants. Pascal le Segretain/Getty Images

Not too long ago, brights with black was considered too '80s. Not any more! Pair your brights with a black leather jacket, like Leigh Lezark has done, or a simple black cardigan to let the brightly colored pants take center stage.

Two brights you might not want to wear with black? Orange or yellow; orange and black looks like Halloween and yellow and black can look like a bee (unless you have a very deft styling hand.)

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Mix Bright Bottoms with Neutrals.

Laetitia Casta in blue pants.
Laetitia Casta in blue pants. Jemal Countess/Getty Images

Another way to let the brightly colored jeans or pants take center stage is to pair them with neutrals. Worn with menswear-type neutrals, they look polished enough for the office; worn with white they look vacation ready.

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Pair Bright Pants with More Brights.

Chelsea Kane in pink pants
Chelsea Kane in pink pants. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

Brightly colored pants pair nicely with more brights. Orange and pink, cobalt and yellow, coral and cobalt: you get the idea. Add bright top in the same intensity (like hot pink and bright orange) is a more flattering look and will chop up your silhouette less than colorblocking would (like wearing hot pink pants with a yellow top.)

Shop for pink pants

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Wear Red Pants (and Other Brights) with Black and White.

Marla Robles in red leather pants.
Marla Robles in red leather pants. Carlos Alvarez/Getty Images

The perfect partner for bright pants? Black and white, of course. The pairing of almost any bright -- lime, coral, cobalt, red, hot pink -- with black and white (including stripes, which take on bright pants well) is a classic.

Shop for red leather pants

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How to Wear Red Pants

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How to Wear Orange Pants

How to Wear Orange Pants
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How to Wear Yellow Pants

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How to Wear Green Pants

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How to Wear Pink and Purple Pants