As spring inches closer, a young woman’s fancy turns to… spring fashion trends and colors! The color authorities at Pantone have released their 2016 spring palette. As beautiful as these colors are – and they are a breath of fresh air after a long, dull winter – it’s important to find the ones that will look best on you.
Yes, I admit I’m a sucker for pink. I love rose quartz jewelry. I love, love, love this color. The soothing, calming nature of colors in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months. This color looks best on Light Warms, Warm Clears, Clear Warms and Soft Warms. It was often seen on the runway paired with Serenity.
The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family. I would describe this color as more of a coral than a “peach,” but Pantone didn’t ask for my opinion. Peach Echo looks lovely paired with Rose Quartz in an analgous color scheme or paired with Limpet Shell in a complementary color scheme. Like Rose Quartz, this is a color for the warm-toned ladies. It will look best on the same groups: Light Warms, Warm Clears, Clear Warms and Soft Warms.
Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space. If you anticipate a stressful day, this is the color you want to wear! Serenity is a cool, light color and will work best when worn by Light Cools, Cool Softs, Clear Cools and Soft Cools. Notice the Rose Quartz scarf on the first model.
A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones. Warm season palettes are known for lighter colors. Thankfully for those of us who can’t wear pastels, warm weather also brings some fun, bright colors. This bright blue looks best on cool skin tones and will look stunning on Deep Cools. It will also look great on Light Cools and Clear Cools.
Really want to make Snorkel Blue pop? Pair it with complementary Buttercup.
Did someone say “perky?” While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place. This is definitely one for the warm skin tones and will look best on Light Warms, Deep Warms, Warm Clears and Clear Warms.
A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility. This is one of those changeable colors that can shift, depending on lighting. It can be worn by Deep Cools, Cool Softs and Soft Cools.
As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in, Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade. This is such a beautiful, subtle color and it will look fantastic on Soft Cools. Light Cools and Cool Softs will love it, too.
The high energy Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales. A strong and fiery, yellow-based red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette. This one’s for the spicy Deep Warms, Warm Softs and Soft Warms.
Latte lovers rejoice! A transitional color that will take us through the seasons, Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette. Iced Coffee will look best on Light Warms, Warm Clears and Soft Warms.
Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers. This is the color for Light Warms, Deep Warms, Warm Clears and Clear Warms.