According to these celebs, the brighter the better

By Alex Apatoff
Updated April 06, 2016 05:23 PM

When the weather warms up and you can finally ditch the tights for your favorite springtime dresses, you might be tempted to reach for everything colorful that’s been just sitting in your closet all season. Great news: This year, that impulse couldn’t be more on-trend. Check out six oh-so-fresh way stars are pairing their brightest heels with their boldest dresses, then let us convince you to get crazy with your own color combinations.

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Reason One: The contrast adds edge to a sunny shift dress: As Reese Witherspoon demonstrates, a lemon-meringue-sweet dress (hers is Draper James) would be over-the-top with matching accessories. The contrast of the petal-pink pump and bag give it some sass.

Reason Two: It’s never too early to plan your summer holiday outfits. Jessica Biel (in Chanel) can recycle her Ellen outfit when Memorial Day and the 4th of July roll around. Pin the look now, then copy her totally non-cheesy red, white and blue ensemble when the holidays roll around.

Reason Three: It makes a vintage-style dress look of-the-moment: Lupita Nyong’o’s ’70s-inspired mint Gucci shirtdress gets a fresh update thanks to the pointy pastel pink pumps.

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Reason Four: The surprise factor instantly makes it cool: Rumer Willis could have easily gone for a simple nude heel with this yellow eyelet dress, but the unexpected metallic lavender instantly upgrades the outfit to something more memorable.

Reasons Five and Six: A hot/cool contrast is so easy and so impactful: Ready to try the trend, but not sure where to start? Follow the leads of Lily Aldridge (in Victoria Beckham dress and Gianvito Rossi heels) and Zendaya (in Monique Lhuillier) by choosing a shoe as bright as the dress — but make sure it’s from an opposing color family. Their fiery dresses are perfectly offset by their icy blue shoes.

Will you wear colorful pumps this season? Share with us in the comments below.

— Colleen Kratofil