By Jordan Dechambre Special to Published May 05, 2009 at 7:56 AM
It's time to rethink pink.

And purple, blue, green and a host of other eye-popping colors that often fall by the wayside when choosing a dress.

Why is it that we feel so safe in black? It's flattering, of course. But what does it say about you? It doesn't take Anna Wintour to toss on a black dress, pearls and heels. You can do better than that.

Spring and summer are a time for rebirth, and it's time for you to gain a fresh perspective about your personal style. Out with the old, in with the bold.

For the Spring 2009 fashion shows in New York City, designers showed a rainbow of colors paired with sleek jackets, bold jewelry and statement shoes.

When choosing a dress, keep the shape simple, like a basic shift that hugs your curves in all the right places. Then take a cue from the likes of Nanette Lepore, Lela Rose and Peter Som, and try one of these trends for a summer wedding or night out:

  • Bright neon colors of pink, yellow, orange and green
  • Textured, organic materials
  • Sequins (more as a detail than a Solid Gold dancer, please)
  • Color blocking in bold hues
  • Bohemian-style prints
  • Floral, floral and more floral

Using accessories to highlight your dress is a must to pull off this season's looks. Try these popular and chic choices for an instant update:

  • Long, layered and chunky necklaces
  • Oversize handbags in hot spring colors like turquoise and lavender
  • Large, layered bangles
  • Waist-cinching or relaxed, low-slung belts
  • Shoes that command attention: lace-up flat and gladiator sandals; nude, round-toe platform pumps or brightly colored Gucci-inspired platform heels with extras like buckles and metallic trim.

For those chilly nights, please, toss the "wrap." (Side note: Wraps are as outdated as capri pants and Crocs.) Instead, opt for a fitted military-style jacket, menswear-inspired blazer or chic trench.

Get more ideas for summer fashion by checking out Fox 6 WakeUp News Thursday, May 14, at 8:15 a.m., when I'll be dishing on summer fashion.

Jordan Dechambre Special to

Fashionista, stylist, writer and TV personality, Jordan Dechambre, owner of Jordan Dechambre Style, lives for fashion and writing. Her unique resume encompasses everything from a former life as a magazine fashion editor to the current host of Bon-Ton Department Stores’ nationwide New & Now fashion shows. 

Jordan is a brand ambassador for many of the nation’s leading retailers and the official Fashion Expert for the “Real Milwaukee” morning show. She is also a sought-after fashion show producer and stylist, and recently co-chaired a runway reunion of all the designers from season 15 of “Project Runway.” 

In addition to her fashion career, Jordan is a public relations and social media consultant and an avid writer. She has written for Ladies’ Home Journal, Milwaukee Magazine, M: Milwaukee’s Lifestyle Magazine, Wisconsin Bride, among others, and won several Milwaukee Press Club awards.

When she’s not traveling, Jordan can often be spotted enjoying a glass of prosecco with friends, walking her rescue pup Charlie in the Third Ward, drinking way too much tea at Kickapoo Coffee or ruining her diet with a chocolate chunk cookie from Treat Bakeshop.

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