There’s a simple way to pull off blazing reds, electric blues, and eye-catching oranges—just pair them with your favorite understated denim for the right calm-and-bright balance.

Carve Your Own Niche.

To roll right in a pair of eye-popping chinos—like these ultrasoft, stretchy, and perfectly slim-fitted electric blues from Tommy Hilfiger—you need to contain the color with something low-key. Try this dark and breathable lightweight cotton trucker jacket from 7 For All Mankind. And if you’re really carving concrete on a skateboard, take it from us: Lose the standard-issue Vans and go full Marty McFly. In other words: white Nikes.

Do The Retro Gun Show.

Some say the classic polo is perfect just the way it is. We beg to differ. Take this retro orange version from Original Penguin: It’s not only a colorful upgrade over the age-old navy polo, it’s also cut perfectly for the fit guy, with shorter sleeves and a flattering, thinned-out midsection. Pair it with some slightly broken-in Gap jeans and classic, no-frill Timberland sneaks.

Bring The Heart.

Yes, you can rock a ballsy, screaming-red sports jacket. Why? Because: 1) It’s bold but doesn’t take itself too seriously; 2) The superlight, comfortable cotton blend it’s constructed of keeps things casual; and 3) Why the hell not? Just ground it with a pair of laid-back Levi’s, some desert boots, and a soft denim shirt like this AG number, with fabric so fine you’ll think you’re wearing a dress shirt.