After a long, blah winter, I am more than ready for some warmth and color. Bring on sunny yellow, grassy green and sky blue, please. Until warmer weather officially begins, though, the color geniuses at Pantone are brightening my mood with their Spring 2013 Fashion Color Report.
For spring, they’ve selected ten gorgeous colors – like Linen, Poppy Red and African Violet – that we’ll be seeing everywhere, from clutches to costume jewelry. If you’re craving a little color, here are some fun selections using three of my favorite hues from the Pantone report (that aren’t emerald!)
Nectarine (Pantone 16-1360) – Just like its namesake, nectarine is a bright and juicy shade. Think of citrus fruits, or a fizzing, bubbly glass of orange soda. Don’t you feel happier already? No wonder, because this color is believed to have a stimulating and energetic effect.
This gauze-print scarf and pair of sherbet colored flats, both from Old Navy, will put an affordable spring in your step. For comfy days, brighten your outlook with these vivid Express colored jean leggings. While an Ark & Co studded shift dress will brighten up any office – so crisp and cheerful. If you just want a hint of nectarine, a Marc by Marc Jacobs Henry Dickey watch will provide the perfect pop of color.
Lemon Zest (Pantone 13-0756) – Another cheery, spring-is-coming hue. We’re not talking a neon-yellow here. It’s more of a warmer, subtler tone – like Meyer lemons or the ruffles of a daffodil. It, too, is viewed as having energizing, brightening properties.
If you could use a little sunshine, this Express cowl neck striped dress would serve you nicely – and a perfect accent might be this bright and sunny necklace from ModCloth. For just a taste of yellow, this Prabal Gurung for Taget clutch is layered with sunny lace – so pretty! I am also coveting these ModCloth yellow striped flats – they basically ensure that you’ll smile every time you look at your feet. And if you have to be on your phone constantly, you might as well get a nice little jolt of color – like the cheerful shade of this Kate Spade iPhone cover.
Dusk Blue (Pantone 16-4120) – A soft, soothing blue with hints of gray. This color makes me think of fog over the ocean, or the morning sky. If you need to decompress, this is the shade to wear; blue is often associated with a sense of calmness and relaxation.
For an appropriately no-fuss outfit, try mixing a range of blues. This ModCloth Ikat inspired dress has a flattering shape and covers almost every color in the Pantone forecast. If you want to carry some calm wherever you go, here’s a dreamy clutch wallet from Fossil – such a soft blue, with the added whimsy of subtle polka dots. An interesting counterpoint to the clutch would be these mesh and suede flats from French Connection – aren’t the scalloped edges pretty? And when the sun starts to shine, be ready with these Vince Camuto dazzling blue sunglasses; I love the modernized cat-eye shape and smoky blue hue.
Readers – What are your favorite shades from the Pantone Fashion Spring Color Report?
Amity writes and teaches in Central PA. Her obsessions include: Rodarte (she can’t afford any Rodarte, mind you, but a girl can dream), espresso, books, vintage/thrift fashion and fountain pens. She thinks you should dress like a weirdo once in a while, just to shake things up.