Sleeveless bright pink Charlotte blouse with rosette collar and fabric belt by St. Louis-based Rungolee designed by Anjali Kamra ($289) at rungolee.com;
Sleeveless bright pink Charlotte blouse with rosette collar and fabric belt by St. Louis-based Rungolee designed by Anjali Kamra ($289) at rungolee.com; soft rose tulle skirt by St. Louis-based Melissa Rae Brown ($129) at Penny Rae Vintage, pennyraevintage.com; pink Foster Grants sunglasses ($9.99) at Stop & Shop; asymmetrical infinity loop earrings ($16) and fuchsia wedges ($59.99) both at Kohl's. (David Carson/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/MCT) (David Carson)

BRIGHT COLORS Aside from Popsicles and pedicures, the easiest way to embrace spring is to slip into something colorful. Why should the sun get all the attention?

Let it be your spotlight instead.

Sure, you've been eyeing that orange top, coral maxi skirt, lime belt, neon pink shoe, but you just don't know where you'd wear it. The answer is anywhere, or perhaps everywhere. You don't need a special occasion to flirt with color. You just need to know that color is your sassy, outspoken friend. White can be bold in a dainty sort of way, pastels are lovely with their polished lady charm, but brights are unexpected and unpredictable, i.e. hard to ignore.

People will stare. People will talk. People will smile. Children will admire you. So go with your gut. You know your taste and you know your style. If you look in the mirror and bright beautiful colors make you happy -- that kind of happy that makes you smile and want to do a twirl -- then I'd say all the naysayers can just strut off in their ho-hum cream and gray.

The youthful energy of color is infectious. Sourpusses don't wear neon strawberry.

Maybe you aren't the woman to don an orange sweater and skirt tied with a red patent leather bow belt and patent leather orange and coral shoes, but maybe you won't know until you try.

As far as we're concerned, we're out to make rainbows jealous in vibrant hues infused with sunshine. But our first stop will be the Popsicle truck (cherry, please) on the way to our pedicure (Fly, an intense aqua, by OPI nail studio).

--St. Louis Post-Dispatch