The Pantone Fashion Color Report for Spring 2014 puts a spotlight on the color trends of the season. There are 10 spring color trends in the report. These are easily recognizable colors. However, their names may confuse you a bit so let me breakdown what each color actually is to make shopping easier for you this season.
Placid Blue -- Pale Sky Blue
Violet Tulip -- Soft Lavendar
Hemlock -- Light Mint Green
Sand -- Dark Beige or Medium Tan
Paloma -- Soft steel Gray
Cayenne -- Dark Salmon Pink
Celosia Orange -- Basic Orange
Freesia -- Bright Lemon Yellow
Radiant Orchid -- Purple Orchid
Dazzling Blue -- Bright Royal Blue or Cobalt Blue
It is easy to wear all pastels, all neutrals or one bright each day. However, if you want your look to be more modern and stylish then you will need to mix things up a bit. Sure prints always add interest to your look but knowing how pair these colors together is what will make you look fashionably chic this spring. Check out this list of stylish pairings to give you a little fashion color inspiration for spring 2014.
Use your pastels as an equalizer for other colors or colors within the same family. This floral print dress from Land’s End uses mint green as the main backdrop color. It then layers different shades of green within the print for a subtle graphic that is spring perfect.
Mix Pastels, Neutrals and Brights
This spring’s colors work so well that they can be mixed together in one print. This dress from Benetton infuses the pastels, neutrals and a bright from the Pantone Color Report effortlessly. It is a very safe and easy way wear these trendy colors and not look over-the-top.
Orange Used as a Neutral
For spring orange is the crossover color. It can be worn as a bright or neutral. This short jacket from JCPenney when worn with black and white acts more like a neutral toning down the graphic contrast of the black and white pant set underneath.
Orange Used as a Bright
Orange is also one of this season’s brights when worn alone or against a single color like white or a bright like yellow. Be careful when wearing orange as a bright it can be too overpowering on some people. Think about using it in your accessories like a scarf, handbag, or a cute pair of pumps this spring.
Black and Blue
Blue is the hot color of spring 2014. If you are going to adopt any color trend this is the one to jump on. However, there are ways to wear blue that are more stylish and edgier than others are. One of them is to pair it with black. The contrast is rather electrifying adding something special to an otherwise plain look.
Save Your Brights for Graphic Prints
Sometimes wearing a bright color can be intimidating. Pairing them with a neutral color does not always tone them down enough for some. However, prints that feature a bright like Radiant Orchid, can give you that pop of color you want without it overpowering you.
Make Them Removable
Sometimes we are color shy. Other times we have jobs that may frown upon wearing too much color. In these cases, you do not have to forgo trying one of spring’s trendy colors. Just chose an item that is removable like wearing a colorful handbag or putting on a light sweater in a bright yellow when the AC is too chilly at work. You still get to have fun with color but you also get to remove it when needed.