It’s Official: Sad Beige Is Out—Here Are The Summer Shades That Are Having A Moment RN

With the expected rise of Barbiecore, tropical vacations, and sunkissed skin, the “sad beige” aesthetic is making a summer exit. As more color is saturating your social media feeds, you might want to consider allowing it into your closet too.

By Alyssa Vandermeulen3 min read
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The term “sad beige” has been a popular social media term used to describe “boring” beige collections of clothing, home decor, and even children’s toys. While the neutral girlies may be offended by its offhand sarcasm, the truth is that color is here to stay this summer. The typical nautical blues are a natural summer color (hello, coastal grandmothers), but if you need a little more pop in your summer wardrobe, you need to see what other bold summer colors are having their own moments. 

If you’re a self-professed neutral girl (I’m the problem, it's me!), adding bright colors to your wardrobe might register more as shock than summer excitement. However, there are plenty of ways to introduce color into your otherwise neutral wardrobe, starting with accessories and working up to sundresses and pants. And remember, your neutral pieces create the perfect foundation for feminine, classy outfits with a touch of color. 

Ready to see what summer shades are getting all the attention? Keep reading! 

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Barbie Pink

The well-deserved hype surrounding the release of the Barbie film has saturated the fashion market with tons of bright Barbie pink pieces! This feminine pop of color is a summer necessity and is easy to style with a closet full of neutrals. Barbie pink can be worn for any occasion, from wedding guest to Saturday brunch and everything in between. 

Here are a few of our favorite Barbie pink looks to inspire your next summer outfit!

If sad beige describes the current state of your summer wardrobe, here are a few pieces in the cutest pink hue to spice things up!

Abercrombie Sleek Seamless Fabric Cap Sleeve Bodysuit in Pink, $45

Free People Movement Righteous Runsie, $98

Toast Solid High Cut One Piece Swimsuit, $90

Anthropologie The Somerset Pull-On Pants, $98

Abercrombie Emerson Sheer Puff Sleeve Midi Dress, $120


We’re loving an electric shade of green this summer! Soft tones are for spring, and bright greens are for summer – which means you need to add a new dress or two to your collection. There is no better way to show off your summer tan than with a kelly green bikini or maxi dress. 

If a fully green look is a little too outside your comfort zone, you can still participate in this summer trend with a few bold accessories. Green cowboy boots are a fun way to play with color, and green accessories are easy to find and easy to style with a neutral look! 

Not sure how to recreate these cute summer looks? Lucky for you, we did the searching and found five adorable pieces to add a touch of bright green to your summer photos! 

Superdown Ryleigh Strapless Maxi Dress, $88

Pilcro The Zeda Ribbed One Shoulder Top, $38

Free-est Extratropical Maxi Dress, $118

Lovers And Friends Teddy Mini Dress in Kelly Green, $158

Intimately Low Back Seamless Tee, $38


Italian vacations are in, and so is this gorgeous limoncello yellow shade! Swap your beige pieces for a soft yellow to instantly brighten your warm weather looks. Floral prints, simple stripes, and detailed embroidery are the perfect complements for this Insta-worthy summer color. 

From swimsuits to dinner dates, a soft shade of yellow is an adorable way to add color to your wardrobe this summer. If you’re missing the necessary pop of color, check out these wearable pieces for everyday color inspiration! 

Maeve The Bennet Button-Down Shirt Linen Edition, $110

Abercrombie Textured Flowy Maxi Skirt, $80

LA Made Crew Neck Tee in Yellow, $50

Free People Marina Mini Dress, $88

LoveShackFancy Shanti Skirt, $295


A bright, bold shade of orange is another must-have this summer! From bikinis to hats and even shoes, this summertime shade is a gorgeous addition to your everyday outfits. If styling this vivid color seems adventurous, you can include as much or as little color as you like! Add a simple accessory, like a bag or shoe, or go all out in an orange dress. 

There are tons of bright orange pieces begging for room in your summer outfit rotation! A bright orange dress is a great summertime date night look, whereas a bold shoe choice is a fun way to play with your professional attire. Not sure where to shop? Here are our picks! 

Fre-est Twisted Game Midi Dress, $78

Marc Jacobs The Small Leather Tote Bag in Electric Orange, $395

Lovers and Friends In Charge One Piece Swimsuit, $138

Abercrombie Ottoman Cross Back Tank, $50

Bibi Lou Embellished Flats, $170

Closing Thoughts

As the temperatures rise, don’t let your basic pieces and neutral color scheme squash summer color! Add a burst of color to your look all season long! 

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