April 4, 2014

Shades of Spring: Top 10 Colors of Spring 2014

Top Colors of Spring 2014 via WWD

Top Colors of Spring 2014
via WWD

Gobs of media outlets breathlessly report that such-and-such color is THE color of the season, but Pantone’s Fashion Color Report has math to back it up. Every season Pantone calculates color trends based on how many designers used a particular hue during the most recent fashion week. If you’re tempted to shrug off couture color schemes as relevant to your daily life, I suggest you review Meryl Streep’s scathing and infamous Cerulean speech:

I will never, ever stop referencing The Devil Wears Prada. Ever. Now that you understand the importance of color trends, let’s talk about Spring 2014. Drumroll, please.

The top 10 colors for Spring 2014 are…

via WWD

via WWD

“What’s interesting is we’re seeing exciting and fashionable colors as well as more neutral ones. It’s not as though everyone is willing to wear the bright colors from recent seasons head-to-toe. There needs to be equilibrium, and that is a more serious word than balance. The world still needs the stability of soft neutrals but we’re not just talking about gray, beige and taupe,” Pantone Color Institute Director Leatrice Eiseman told Women’s Wear Daily. “When Placid Blue is redefined as a neutral, more people understand that it’s not just a traditional color but one you can depend on. There is a reason people look outside each morning, knowing the sky is out there and hoping that it’s blue.” So is baby blue the new taupe? I’m not entirely convinced, but I do agree that the concept of ‘neutral’ is constantly being redefined in fashion. It is telling that Spring 2014’s top colors are a mix of deep drama and pale understatement. “It’s all about a sense of balance. All designers want everyone to have fun with our clothes and to enjoy what we’re wearing but there still needs to be a bit of practicality,” Eisemen continued, “Colors talk to the idea of optimism in fashion. The economic standpoint is still very much part of it.”

Trendprovider, a trend analysis service by Fashionsnoops.com, broke down Spring 2014’s must have hues into warm tones…

via Trendcaster

via Trendcaster

and cool tones…

via Trendcaster

via Trendcaster

No matter your style and budget, there’s a way to work Spring’s cutest colors into any wardrobe.

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