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Pantone Spring & Summer Fashion Colors

by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)

It's a new year. It must be time to start lusting after those new spring colors for updating our old outfits. Pantone has come up with some gorgeous colors for spring and summer.

I Love to Shop Online

Okay… you got me!  I’ll admit it!  I love-love-love to shop online.  I think it’s a combination of laziness and hatred of skinny salesclerks.  No… Haha…  That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but I do like shopping from my den while cuddling up to my nice, warm computer, in my soft Hoodie-Footie pajamas.  And, I don’t really hate those poor salesgirls.  I was a shopgirl once… or twice... during my skinny lifetime.  So, I know it’s not the easiest job in the world.

Examples of Pantone Colors for Spring-Summer 

Baby, I love color.  I love writing about colors… and I think it's because I grew up in the Pacific Northwest.

When you don’t get much sunshine in midwinter, you either have to go to Hawaii to stock up on vitamin D – or you have to dream about (and maybe buy some) bright, sunny colors.  And, that’s how I’m feeling right now.  Hey, with interest income at zero, I think I’m better off charging a couple of items than trying to talk dear husband into taking me to Maui right now.

Okay, I promised examples of colors and here they are:

1. Pantone Emerald: pantone colors spring summer 2013

I was never a big fan of green until I realized it brought out the color of my eyes and it made a great backdrop for my pinkish, peachy lip gloss.  So, now I’m sold on green.  And, Pantone Emerald is on the bluish side of the spectrum, which makes it flattering to my skin tone… and probably to yours, as well.

So, thank you, Pantone!  I’m always happy to see a few jewel tones, because I’m fairly pale and I need some depth of color to light up my face.

2. Pantone Dusk Blue:

pantone dusk blue color photo sweater jumper exampleA favorite hue of my mother and sister, this pastel blue is just a little too pale for me on its own.  However, I would love to see this paired up with Emerald in a scarf or a print.  You do remember that all the Pantone colors from any season are chosen so that they go with every other Pantone color from that season (or that year).

Of course, I never need permission to wear unusual color combinations.  If I had a nickel (well… maybe a dime) for every time some woman has come up to me and said, “I didn’t know you could wear those two colors together,” I would probably have enough money for a Grande Frappuccino.

3. Pantone Grayed Jade: example grayed jade color clothing green shoes

To me Grayed Jade looks like a softer, silkier version of Emerald.  And, it seems to be a playmate of Dusk Blue, as well.

There are three greens in this spring’s palette.  Of course, I have always felt that all greens go with every other green on the planet.  For example, when you walk into a florist’s shop or enter a garden, do you ever feel like the foliage clashes?  No, I didn’t think so.

4. Pantone African Violet:

pantone colors spring summer 3013Wow.  Nice touch Pantone people.  This lavender hue really goes with everything and I don’t mean just everything on the color list.  I mean that this grayed, pastel violet will go with 98% of the colors in every woman’s closet.

I hope I am explaining this correctly: In ColorSpeak, a grayed color means that a bit of the exact opposite (or complementary) color has been added to get rid of the brashness of the original hue.  And, when graying is done right, the new grayed-down color looks wonderful next to tons more colors (to use technical terms) than the original hue.

Hey, I’m not a big fan of crayon colors like bright red, true green, blazing yellow, etc.  They don’t look good on me, and even more importantly, they don’t look sophisticated.  Give me blended, strong jewel tones or grayed-down colors any day, and save the harsher tones, like orange orange, for the kiddies in grammar school. (article continues)

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Tina Boomerina (AKA Christina Gregoire) is a Baby Boomer born at the end of 1952. Her mission is to make the internet a kinder and gentler place for Baby Boomer women around the world. Tina's specialty is fashion for women over 50.

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    Where can we get that nectarine jacket? :)

  3. Hope

    Where can I find the red dress? Thank you!

  4. Tina


    The red dress is from Betty Barclay. I think I emailed you, but I'm not sure so I'm putting the answer here as well.

    Tina Boomerina