The colors you’ll want to live in this spring are just as refreshingly friendly and relatable as the Pantone Color Institute predicted. The color experts served up a Spring 2020 palette that updates comfortable tradition with youthful energy. Spring means green, and this year the shade is an unexpected minty aqua that’s prettiest paired with pink and edgiest teamed with black. Yellow symbolizes light, and S/S 2020 warms with shades ranging from creamy pastel to vibrant saffron. From classic blues to counter-seasonal deep reds, these are the colors that express the many moods of spring this year.
The Gamut of Green
Biscay Green dominated the runways replacing last year’s pistachio and neon green. This unexpected shade is a light minty green that’s cool and refreshing with a hint of aqua that flatters many skin tones. Wear it with pink or black for a pretty springtime look. Try it in a pair of strappy sandals or midi dress. Chive is a richer, darker shade of green that serves as a great neutral. This herbaceous stunner pairs beautifully with a range of colors. Try teaming it with saffron.
Grape compote is a color that will make you hunger for spring. This very mellow shade is not a strong purple but very reminiscent of last fall’s dusty lilacs. Think of grape compote as a go-to neutral to use instead of beige or grey this season. The creative possibilities will breathe a note of freshness into your wardrobe. Pair this feminine shade with this year’s go-to shades of green, blue and yellow.
Spring is the season of returning warmth, and it’s fitting that orange is back in a big way. The spicy color has been bringing the heat to the runways for the last decade and orange peel is the latest biggest, boldest tonality. If you’re not shy about standing out in a crowd, wear this shade head to toe in variegated textures. For a restrained approach, add a pop of color to your outfit with a bag or shoe in orange peel.
Sunlight Yellow and Saffron Yellow
Yellow matches the mood when sunshine starts to brighten our days. Two trending shades capture the spirit of spring: Sunlight Yellow and Saffron Yellow. Falling on the lightest pastel end of the spectrum, Sunlight Yellow is the perfect soft but not saccharine shade for the spring coat you’ll wear over jeans and boots. Saffron Yellow reflects the most brilliant rays of the sun. Wear Saffron Yellow head to toe for a standout look but vary textures to break up the monochromatic palette. Try teaming a corduroy skirt with a silk blouse.
Flame Scarlet is another of the spring 2020 “here-I-am, look-at-me” shades. Bold, bright, energetic and warm, this fiery red is a proven confidence builder that gives voice to your determination. Mix solids and patterns when choosing this shade. Consider layering a coat in a solid, deep red over a multi-patterned dress.
A Slew of Blues
Faded Denim is as comfortable and approachable as your favorite pair of jeans. Although this baby blue shade works with every color, you can punch it up with bold and vibrant Saffron or Flame Scarlet. While the deep dark navy of Classic Blue exudes a calming influence, the steadfast shade offers vitality and hints of possibility. Mosaic Blue is a teal-ish shade that is more complex and sophisticated than most blues. This graceful shade hints at mystery and depth of feeling.