There is no denying that we are in spring, though the weather doesn’t always agree. But it’s almost April so it’s here and honestly thank god. I can not stand the winter. The lack of sunlight is what really gets to me but we don’t have to deal with that for at least 6 months.
But let’s celebrate both the end of winter and the start of spring with the colors that will be dominating this season. Twice a year the color geniuses at Pantone release their Fashion Color Report. This collection is released for spring and fall. These reports are produced by trend forecasters and are often totally accurate.It is released 6 months before the season, similar to how spring and fall fashion week happens 6 months before the actual season. This also means that Pantone has released the Pantone Fashion Color Report Fall 2017.
But fall is still far away so let’s focus on spring. For spring 2017, Pantone has predicted 10 colors. All of which I am totally in love with and I think you will fall head over heels as quickly as I did.
These 10 colors may look hard to wear side by side but I have found pieces in every single one of these colors that you will fall in love with. They come in all styles and price ranges. There is something for everyone.
~ PANTONE 17-4123 // Described by Pantone as; Comfortable and dependable, Niagara leads the PANTONE Fashion Color Report as the most prevalent color for spring 2017. Niagara is a classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation.*
This will be the easiest to integrate because you probably already own plenty of this color. It is a classic denim blue and is a color we all already know and love year round. But this spring I challenge you to try it aside from your jeans or your comfort zone in an unexpected way.
~ PANTONE 13-0755 // Described by Pantone as; By contrast, Primrose Yellow sparkles with heat and vitality. Inviting us into its instant warmth, this joyful yellow shade takes us to a destination marked by enthusiasm, good cheer and sunny days.*
This magical yellow falls somewhere between sunshine yellow and mustard yellow. Its vintage feel can add a new element to your style. This yellow is bold but not extremely bright, it comes off neutral enough to be worn in your daily life. It won’t make you feel like a banana and will give you feelings of flowers and sunny afternoons.
~ PANTONE 19-4045 // Described by Pantone as; Conveying, even more, energy is Lapis Blue. Strong and confident, this intense blue shade is imbued with an inner radiance.*
This strong royal blue brings feelings of Greece and tropical islands all over. It isn’t as vibrant as a cobalt blue or as dark as navy which is perfect for the soft feeling of spring. This is a great color for someone who isn’t ready to jump outside their comfort zone. It is similar to colors that are standard in most people wardrobe, it’s like dipping your toe in bold colors.
~ PANTONE 17-1462 // Described by Pantone as; A red-based orange, Flame, is gregarious and fun loving. Flamboyant and vivacious, this wonderfully theatrical shade adds fiery heat to the spring 2017 palette.*
Orange is a color that few people dabble in but this flame color will make you feel like you are ready to camp in the dessert or run around the fields of Coachella. Flame is a perfect balance between scarlet and peach, it’s a happy color that will make anyone light up a room.
~ PANTONE 14-4620 //Described by Pantone as; Island Paradise is a refreshing aqua that calls to mind a change of scenery. A cool blue-green shade that speaks to our dream of the great escape, Island Paradise is emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind.*
Island Paradise is a subtle take on the middle school favorite, aquamarine. It’ll look beautiful on Easter or Mother’s Day with its whimsy and elegant beauty. This is one of the colors I think of when I imagine spring but hasn’t been featured in as many clothing options as this year so take advantage while you can!
~ PANTONE 13-1404 //Described by Pantone as; Continuing the tranquil mood, Pale Dogwood is a quiet and peaceful pink shade that engenders an aura of innocence and purity. The unobtrusive Pale Dogwood is a subtle pink whose soft touch infuses a healthy glow.*
This lovely color will look beautiful for all occasions; weddings, brunches, and beach trips will feel more feminine in Pale Dogwood. This peachy blush color evokes feelings of walks in the sunset and fresh flowers. It’s soft and subtle and is a lovely neutral that will be wearable for years.
~ PANTONE 15-0343 //Described by Pantone as; Bringing forth a refreshing take, Greenery is a tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experiment and reinvent. Illustrative of flourishing foliage, the fertile attributes of Greenery signals one to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.*
This color of the year will give your spring outfits an unexpected yet natural pop. This color is so beautifully natural it almost becomes a neutral color in the spring. I can guarantee this is a color that will fit seamlessly into your existing wardrobe. It is honestly one of the most difficult colors to find. Many of the pieces I found were top designers, so this color is one favored by the fabulous. If you find it at a good price I would grab it because it’ll sell out before you know it.
~ PANTONE 17-2034 //Described by Pantone as; Tropical and festive, Pink Yarrow is a whimsical, unignorable hue that tempts and tantalizes. Bold, attention getting and tempestuous, the lively Pink Yarrow is a captivating and stimulating color that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going.*
This bright bold pink will bring new life to any look. It is a wonderful balance between magenta and hot pink. I love that this color was included in the collection because it stands out against the softer colors of the collection. It adds an element that will make you feel effervescent and will transition into summer with ease.
~ PANTONE 18-0107 //Described by Pantone as; Evocative of the great outdoors and a healthy lifestyle, Kale is another foliage-based green that conjures up our desire to connect to nature, similar to the more vivacious Greenery. And, just as we see in nature, this lush and fertile natural green shade provides the perfect complementary background to the more vibrant tones in the palette.*
At this point, we are all sick of hearing how great kale is for you but I doubt you’ve thought about how beautiful the color will look in your closet and in your Instagrams. This color doesn’t loose any life though it is significantly darker than most of the other colors for spring. It also has the added bonus of being a color that will look great with the rich tones that we will see again in the fall.
~ PANTONE 14-1315 //Described by Pantone as; Rounding out the spring 2017 colors is Hazelnut, a key neutral for spring. This shade brings to mind a natural earthiness. Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth, Hazelnut is a transitional color that effortlessly connects the seasons.
If you have been holding out on buying those iconic YSL nude heels or a Burberry trench this season is the one to splurge, and while those will always look good it never hurts to have them be on trend when you first grab them. But regardless of if you can afford the luxury brands this light nude color will look great from bags to shoes to dresses. It will also give you a great foundation to accessorize with the other colors of spring that you may not feel comfortable wearing.
And it’s that easy to be a trendsetter.
These colors are exactly what I think of when I think of spring. And while many of these colors are outside my and maybe your normal color range spring is the season of rebirth and rejuvenation. It is the perfect time to mix in some new pieces that are totally unexpected. We often fall into a rut in the winter, the short days and the lack of sunshine can suck the life out of us all but now is the time to break out of that and start a new. Let the sun wake you up and let the spring bring your closet back to life.
I hope you found inspiration in the pieces and colors I showed you today. Let me know what color is your favorite and how you’re going to work it into your style in the comments.
I hope your days pop, nights fizz, and your drinks are strong.
*color numbers and descriptions of colors are from Pantone.com