Update your Wardrobe with Pantone's Spring Palette

by - Friday, February 22, 2013

Color trends aren't born, they're made. How? Through the dedication and hard work of stylists, designers and color forecasters who pick trendy colors. By now you probably know that Pantone chose Emerald as color of the year for 2013. Did you know Pantone also picks seasonal colors? They do—and they've got some fun, flirty picks for spring.

Introducing the Spring Colors

Colors for spring include: Dusk Blue, Monaco Blue, Grayed Jade, Tender Shoots, Lemon Zest, Linen, African Violet, Poppy Red and Nectarine. These run the color gamut of cool to warm, light to dark, pastel to bright. Which means there's a color that flatters everyone.

How to Wear Them

There are many ways to rock these colors, so where should you start? Color-shy fashionistas should start slow by picking a cardi, plain tee or skirt in a spring shade. Even a Plain Jane T-shirt looks stunning in Poppy Red. Try the red tee with your go-to skinny jeans and a simple black or navy blazer. If you're feeling bolder, red flats or pumps complete the look.

Let's say you want to color block your outfit. Pick a couple trendy hues that complement one another. Nectarine and Poppy Red will have you looking fiery, but not in a good way. Instead, pair Nectarine with Linen or Dusk Blue, Poppy Red with Lemon Zest or Monaco or Emerald with Monaco Blue or Linen.

It should be easy to put together an outfit that incorporates color picks. Maybe an Emerald dress with African Violet shoes? Or Lemon Zest capris with a Poppy Red and Linen blouse? Experiment and see what you like. If you want lots of color, patterns can help you work it in. Think flowers, plaid or abstract pieces that include four or five hues.


There's such a thing as tasting too many colors of the Pantone rainbow. You want to look chic but not like a clown. Where do you draw the line?

Break down your look by accessorizing and keeping neutral hues in your palette. Accessorize a Linen sweater and Emerald skirt with Monaco Blue shoes, a Grayed Jade statement necklace and a pair of stud earrings in African Violet or Tender Shoots.

The key here is fun. Use the rules to get started, but don't be afraid to follow your heart and take fashion risks. That's what making your own style is all about.

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