The Colors of Spring 2013
Finding out what colors will be hot for spring 2013 is just as important as discovering the trends that are expected to be in fashion. For the upcoming season, expect pops of bright color (as opposed to a monochromatic wash of neon that was big last spring), a high contrast of color by pairing black and white together, and going pale and fresh with a cool mint hue.
An easy way to test the waters of colors that may suit you best is to update and refresh your current wardrobe by working in these new on-trend colors in small ways – first via a handbag, a piece of jewelry, or footwear. Plus, it’s never too early to rev your engine for the upcoming season’s colors, especially if you’re lucky enough to live in a temperate climate and can get away with wearing short sleeve dresses and shorts year-round!
A mix between a suped-up vermillion and red ochre, bright, orangey-red tones have been popping up all over New York Fashion Week on everything from footwear and bags to evening gowns and lips. Referred to by the Pantone spring 2013 color report as “poppy red,” a dress in this hue (as seen on the runway at Tadashi) has truly become the new go-to shade, complimenting a wide variety of skin tones and pairing nicely with the neutrals beige, cream, black, or navy.
Feminine, fresh, and just right for spring, this pastel shade is THE color to introduce into your closet the second that spring flowers are blooming outside. The new iteration of the hue for spring 2013, dubbed Grayed Jade by Pantone’s report, skews a bit more sophisticated thanks to a bit of a dusty undertone with grey and blue-ish tinges. Match a mint top with white denim, graphite, or khaki, or do like Rebecca Minkoff did for spring 2013 with pops of the color on handbags, and on fingernails!
Neon has moved from being back in fashion as an all-over color statement to best as trim and accents for spring 2013. For apparel, balance out the neon look by veering away from a literal 1980s interpretation of the trend by pairing it with a light neutral hue, as seen on the runways at Carolina Herrera, DKNY, and Angel Sanchez. The electric yellow shade that has been surfacing in dozens of shows for spring is a well-balanced mixture of yellow with a bit of green. For best results, keep the hue away from your face.
Black and Cream
A lovely color combination that can do no wrong, black and cream was a popular selection at BCBG, Marimekko, and Norisol Ferrari, with the coupling of the two shades appearing in geometric forms, stripes, or various simple pieces. The pairing offers classic appeal that can be seen as understated. Rely on one of the other on-trend colors of the season such as electric yellow, orangey red, or mint to add some pop to the look. The best thing about these colors? You’re bound to have several items in your existing wardrobe that will work! Create new layering options, add a different accessory, or shoe to make it your own individual take on the trend for spring.
About Julia DiNardo:
DiNardo, a Pittsburgh native and New York City resident, has covered New York and LA Fashion Weeks for the past nine years while penning articles for a myriad of publications, including Clear, Primo, Redbook, and GQ Magazines, AM New York, The New York Sun, BagSnob.com, CoutureSnob.com, AOL StyleList.com, RunningwithHeels.com, StyleCaster.com, BeautyHigh.com, Makeup.com and held the title of Editor at Stylenotes.com. Ms. DiNardo has appeared on New York’s WPIX 11 News as a fashion and beauty expert, has her own web series, “Street Peek” on StyleCoalition.TV, and has been recognized for her editorial work in fashion and beauty by The New York Times, Fast Company, and The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette amongst others. For more info or to work with Fashion Pulse, please email Julia at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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