Pantone’s 10 Colors for Spring / Summer 2014: Mix and Match Fashion
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
I love all colors, but some color schemes for fashion are better than others, so I’m happy to report that Pantone has created a stunning set of mix-and-match hues for spring and summer 2014. But, you already knew that…
I feel a deep, sensory satisfaction whenever I add one or two beautifully muted brights to any outfit – so I’m going absolutely gaga over Radiant Orchid, Cayenne Red, and Dazzling Blue. These colors make me hungry for more.
Every color in the palette is a tiny piece of an intricate, almost cerebral, puzzle. And, I’m happy to see that all of these vivid brights, soft pastels, and complex neutrals will blend (or mix) well with colors from the past few seasons. What this means is that we can update our wardrobes in new and creative ways… for less moolah.
1. Pantone Radiant Orchid: Let’s start with the color of the year and my favorite flavor: Radiant Orchid. If you’re a hip chickadee who loves blue-based jewel tones, try adding this intense, tropical purple to an outfit to light up your face. Yes… I will be hunting for scarves and hats in trendy orchid, because I need to add a bit of color to my aging complexion and I also want to zap my brain with some happy purple energy to keep me going during our eternally gray Seattle days. Bravo! I love you Pantone!
As you may know, if you've read any of my other color articles, I believe that most women over 40, 50, 60, or 70 (notice how the ages keep creeping upward) should wear more color than they usually do on a typical day. Color is cheap, and the right color feels like a facelift.
2. Pantone Cayenne: I totally dig this hot, spicy red, but when I was checking out the new spring color trends, I noticed that every website (even Pantone’s site) shows a different version of “Cayenne”… from peachy pink to ruby red. Of course, red is the trickiest color to get right, so I went to amazon.com and looked at a Pantone Cayenne swatch. Everyone’s monitor is different, but I think this color is somewhat on the cool side… and it’s definitely not strong like a true red. Yep, I saw this hue on some trendy London fashion sites and I think I’ve got it right. Cayenne Red will flatter most women’s skintones and egos.
3. Celosia Orange: The name Celosia comes from the Greek word for “burned” and “refers to the flame-like flower heads” of a plant that originated in Africa… thank you Wikipedia. This hot color is aptly named because it looks a bit like a softer, sweeter version of burnt orange, making Celosia the perfect tangy ingredient for cutting down the sweetness of girly hues like pink and purple… or for adding heat to any shade of blue.
I am really excited about the three colors above. In my opinion, these are colors that will stand the test of time, but the others are great, as well, and you can see them on the next page. (article continues)
Keep reading about spring summer 2014 colors for fashion on page two.