Yay for the start of spring!
It comes as no surprise that many of us, all around the country, are ready for warmer weather. (I’ve been waiting for it to warm up so I can get out to Tennessee and practice more!)
And at the start of every new season I like to look to Pantone – who are, as always, dedicated to predicting and reporting colors – to see what hues will be trending in the coming months. Groups like Vogue, top design houses, and (of course) fashion conscious girls like ourselves, like to harmonize with these trends so we can always be our most stylish selves in and out of the show arena.
“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium…while this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations,” explains Executive Director of Pantone, Leatrice Eiseman.
This palette, which those at Pantone are calling a “Season of Colorful Equilibrium,” contains a balance in the selection of a medley of pastels, neutrals and brights. These colors all mix well together, yet they also have no problem standing out on their own.
As it is a spring palette, some of the colors were undoubtedly inspired by nature and blooming flowers (florals for spring – groundbreaking!). Yet, according to the report, these colors were also inspired by “travels abroad and strong, confident women.” Sounds good to me!
Here’s a list of all the Pantone spring colors and how you can use Show Seasons fabrics to make sure you are up to date with all these latest color trends –
“Three very adaptable pastels sit on one end of the palette and, because we are so accustomed to seeing them as nature’s background, they can be creatively combined with any other color in the spectrum.” They are Placid Blue, Violent Tulip and Hemlock.
Evoking feelings of peace and calmness, Placid Blue, is a soft and dreamy blue, while Violet Tulip – a vintage, romantic, delicate purple with a hint of gray – evokes wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock is a summery, ornamental green, which is very different from the vibrant Emerald green that was 2013’s Color of the Year. Pair any of these pastels with a bolder hue (such a yellow, orange and red) for a hip look. I especially love Hemlock. I think this would be a beautiful suit color on any chestnut.
The perfect neutral for spring and summer, Sand is a beautiful, lightly toasted and amiable neutral that – just as its name implies – conjures images of the warm sandy beach. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance in the show arena.
Paloma – the new black of spring – is the ideal neutral for the warm spring and summer months. This subdued color great when combined with any color for sophisticated show ring combo. It would look amazing on grays.
The spicy red hue, Cayenne, is a bold break from the season’s palette of pastels. Wear it with neutrals to add a dash of spicy heat, or try mixing it with Freesia, a warm and energizing yellow – evocative of tropical flowers – that is sure to illuminate wardrobes and show outfits this season. Freesia can also shine just as brightly when paired with Dazzling Blue, as well as illuminate muted colors like Violet Tulip, Hemlock and Paloma. Personally, although I know this color seems really bright, I think it is a super fun, standout color to have worn as a tie or in a patterned vest.
Celosia Orange is another lively color for spring. This captivating hue conjures images of a summer sunset and brings a touch of optimism and spontaneity to the spring palette. Celosia Orange pairs well across the entire palette, but it is especially captivating with Violet Tulip and Radiant Orchid (a lovely blend of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, and the color of the year).
Strong and vibrant, the final color of the palette is Dazzling Blue, which is the perfect color for a staple blue suit, as well as companion to pastels, white, and other bolder shades.
Overall this new palette signifies a major transition from the brights and neon colors that have dominated the last few Spring seasons. With so many options, I am for sure inspired to start styling!