The Spring 2011 runways exploded with vibrant shades paired together for styles that were both playful and avant-garde. From color-blocked frocks at Prabal Gurung to mixed separates at Jil Sander to neon ladylike looks at Proenza Schouler, this season's take-home message is go bright or go home!

Feeling a little hesitant about venturing into brighter territories is perfectly normal -- no one wants to risk looking like a walking pack of highlighters, after all. Fortunately, once you know a few key styling secrets, you can become a color-blocking master in no time.

Whether you want to dip your toe into the color-block pool or dive right in, the video above will provide you with essential tips to create rich-hued looks.