The bird has its feathers, the leopard has its spots, and we have a vast world of clothing and accoutrements to make us stand out from the rest of humanity. One way to make sure your outfit gets noticed is to deploy a classic styling trick by wearing a neutral outfit and decorating it with a pop of color in the form of attention-grabbing red shoes or a vivid purple crossbody bag. But wait! This isn’t merely a styling trick – it’s also a psychological trick. Gestalt psychology is its own field of study, and within its boundaries lies the “Gestalt Effect”, a term that applies to visual perception.
In basic terms, the Gestalt Effect says that when objects are grouped together to form a whole – like an outfit, for example – parts of the whole that are different force visual notice. If you were wearing a completely beige outfit and a bright red belt, the contrast would cause someone passing by to stop and evaluate you. Don’t believe us? Check out the super noticeable street-style stars and “It” girls in our gallery, below, to see what a pop of color can do for a neutral outfit.
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Hailey Baldwin maximizes current trends in polka dot tights and a pajama top, but what our eye really travels to is her fabulous red bag.
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Take cues from Julia Sarr-Jamois, a stylist and a style star who loves taking tomboyish pieces and juxtaposing them with flashes of femininity and pops of color.
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Dana Wolley breaks up a sea of eye-popping patterns with touches of fuchsia, which is a foolproof combination if you ask us.
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Dana Hourani always treads the fine line between masculine and feminine so flawlessly. We love how she cinched up her menswear shirt with a matching corset and topped the whole thing off with an eye-catching red Chloe bag.
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Abbey Lee Kershaw does a perfect athleisure look that works double-duty by being both gym and street worthy.
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Denisia Aghiorghitoaie wowed us by employing the subtlest touch of color and keeping the rest of her look the same shade of optic white.
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Anna Jane Wisniewski showcases how to do a great look you can wear on date night or to the office by keeping her clothes casual and her accessories poppin’.
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Nadya Hasan strolls through the streets in an all-white look accented with a mini bag that is the key to perfect summer style.
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Delilah Parillo employs the classic black-on-black for a street-style shoot, but smartened up her look with 1970s footwear and colorful socks.
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Annabelle Fleur perfects flirty fashion in a trendy gingham skirt and tie-front top, completing her subtle, ladylike look with a chic red bag.