Top 10 color trends for spring 2012


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Top 10 color trends for spring 2012

  1. 1. Top 10 Color Trends for Spring 20121. Tangerine Tango (Pantone color number 17-1463) A bright, juicy, happy color that is wonderfully flattering on all skin tones. I have had a lovely time over the last few days pouring over a plethora of combinations this particularly vibrant color will work with. My personal favorite, and by far the most popular, is tangerine, white and navy. I just LOVE this combination! Particularly matched with denim, tangerine’s brilliant color attracts a lot of attention – it just screams ‘World, look out ‘cuz here I come’ through a megaphone.Doesn’t everyone need a pair of tangerine espadrilles? They say “I am fun but don’t mess with me”.How can you NOT be empowered to do the best at everything that comes your way? I’m just saying….Look for additional colorful pairings with black, off-white and lighter neutral colors.2. Solar Power (Pantone color number 13-0759) Yellow, from mustard to marigold, is one of Spring’s hottest color trends (pardon the pun!) and this golden yellow channels its warmest undertones. Along with its partner tangerine, (which is seriously EVERYWHERE this Spring), the bright hue is adding a “little ray of sunshine” to wardrobes that are otherwise dominated by lots of gray and even more black…. Not too keen on rocking a bright yellow top? If yellow scares you, it’s understandable but take it from me, find a way to incorporate yellow into your wardrobe. Start small, by adding ashopper tote or textured bag or my personal preference, a pair of fabulous “Hello, I’m here and have wemet yet?” kind of shoes in this high-wattage color. I’m just saying……Still too big of a risk, then accessories are a great way to add a pop of sunshine color whether throughbangles, a whimsical necklace, or cocktail rings. And of course, an awesome yellow umbrella would be adelightfully, sassy way to brighten any old rainy day!3. Sodalite blue (Pantone color number 19-3953) For those who love a nautical navy in the springtime, the cool blue tones in this color really matches the rich royal blue undertones of its mineral namesake. Whether you’re sporting the nautical trend with navy blue and white stripes, or sticking with a simple all-blue shift dress, navy blue is a complementary color on almost all skin types and tones. Look for sleek, form-fitting dresses, French cuff shirts and dark wash jeans in this color to round out your wardrobe. We all know that navy “anchors” the traditional, basic nautical colors but tangerine and
  2. 2. yellow will give you new twist to the nautical theme. Adding Cabaret (October 24) and Margarita(November 7) can give a whole new dimension to the trend. Knowing ways on how to wear the nauticaltrend can definitely bring the best out of the new season. This is a trend that will never go out of style. Itis a classic look that can definitely make you stand out among the crowd. It probably doesn’t hurt thatthe Duchess of Cambridge (aka Kate Middleton) frequently wears similar colors. After all, her husband isin the Royal navy….I’m just saying…..4. Cabaret (Pantone color number 18-2140) Cabaret is literally a hot pink. Don’t you love hot pink? I do. It’s a “Look at me now” shade of pink that’s extremely flattering, warms pale skin tones and contrasts well with darker complexions. The key to making this vibrant color work for you is to pair a hot pink dress with decidedly adult shoes like sophisticated black pumps or strappy nude stilettos. A simple, black or metallic clutch works best too. If the idea of drawing a lot of attention to yourself makes you quiver, you can access the trend with an accessory. Switch it up with a studded, pink suede evening bag,fabulous shoes or show stopping earrings. Lipstick or blush which will add an instant edge to anythingyou wear. Oh, and keep in mind that a woman in hot pink can’t be a bore. You had better have somezingers if you plan to swan around in hot pink. Think Holly Golightly…….I’m just saying….5. Starfish (Pantone color number 16-1120) This deep khaki is the perfect backdrop and works well as a solid base with dynamic accents such as Sodalite, Tangerine Tango, Solar Power and Cabaret. This practical neutral radiates warmth so naturally that it will be one of the major players for Spring 2012 for both women and men. Khaki makes me think of sandy beaches…and hot dessert retreats. The color is the perfect transition from the cold winter season. Starfish should become a staple in your wardrobe – you can take your look casual or sophisticated depending on how you pair itwith accessories or the other pieces of your wardrobe. I like it because it is adaptable in many styles andeasy to jazz up with the vibrant colors associated with the Spring 2012 collection. Incorporate this shadeon top of your brighter colors or try a layered look for a more feminine touch. Whether you choose akhaki trench coat or earthy suede clutch, neutral colors can work for anyone and with any spring look.6. Margarita (Pantone color number 14-0116) This toned down version of a margarita is a subdued yellowish green that lifts spirits with its refreshing and stimulating glow. The hue reminds one of the classic combination of lime and salt….yum…and just like the combination, using this color should be done in moderation. As a fun fact, the original Margarita was invented in 1948 by socialite Margarita Sames. According to the legend it was during a party at her cliffside hacienda in Acapulco that Margarita began experimenting with
  3. 3. ‘the drink’. Looking for something to cut the dust of a hot afternoon, she mixed Tequila, Cointreau andfresh lime juice. Her cocktail kept the party going for two weeks and today the Margarita is the #1 mostpopular cocktail in the U.S. So, the moral of the story ladies is attitude…..So, go ahead, salt and lick myrim….I’m just saying…..7. Sweet lilac (Pantone color number 14-2808) Lilacs where I grew up were known as the harbinger of spring. When the lilacs bloomed, all was right in the world! This luxurious, romantic and floral-inspired lavender shade flatters all skin tones. Seen in various fabrics from cotton wovens, silk embellished ruffles and striped jersey knits, this versatile color translates from casual to evening and is perfectly soft and pretty. One can’t help but think of Mila Kunis’ stunning lilac Elie Saab dress at the Oscars as a catalyst for spring’s softpurple hues. I love that the super flattering hue is richer than a typical pastel ‘cuz it might energize youto play with lilac’s trademark sweetness to vamp it up a bit with edgier pieces to add some punch toyour look. Sweet yes, but sassy, hell yes!…..I’m just saying….8. Driftwood (Pantone color number 18-1210) Natural, versatile neutrals add practicality to this season’s vibrant colors. Driftwood, an adaptable blend of beige and gray with a slightly weathered feel won’t brighten a dull day, but this moody gray can help balance out some of the bolder spring colors. Neutrals have the advantage of never really going out of style, mainly because they’re so versatile, but also because many women feel more comfortable wearing neutral colors than they do very bold colors like tangerine, yellow or purple. By definition, a neutral color is not warm or cool, soin theory, neutral colors are meant to work with any other color – choosing a focal piece of yourwardrobe in a neutral color allows you to change your accent pieces at a whim….I’m just saying….thatnever again will you be saying, “I have nothing to wear.”9. Bellflower (Pantone color number 18-3628) One of my favorite colors for spring, it has been described as “a distinct ornamental purple, exudes uniqueness and creativity.” Named after a violet blue flower, this purple will light up many skin tones and is a fresh springy take on purple. Okay, so by now, you all know how I feel about the importance of adding a little color to your wardrobe this spring (Tangerine Tango, hello????) but you shouldn’t overlook a cute purple dress or skirt either. Mix it up with cowboy boots and giant shopper toteto add your own touch to the look. Unlike other colors that add a pop to your wardrobe that may fade inpopularity, purple is a timeless standard and can be recycled easily for summer and fall. Purple is officeappropriate, and also great for a day at the beach, and is way cooler than pink. Purple is so easy to pull
  4. 4. off, make it a must for your spring shopping list…flirty, feminine and oh-so versatile, a purple dress is aserious must this season! No one will accuse you of being a shrinking violet…I’m just saying….10. Cockatoo (Pantone color number 14-5420) This blue-green shade looks less like a bird and more like the Mediterranean Sea. It will look refreshingly like the ocean and pop beautifully with some of the more subdued neutrals. From sandals to shoes to jewelry and home decor, this blue-green shade is the fresh color for Spring 2012. Spring is all about fun colors and feeling fresh. This unusual hue of blue-green just makes me think of: nature, fresh, growth, abundance, life, youth, renewal, hope, peace, balance – all the wonderful promises we think of for springtime. Cockatoo is such aversatile color that can be accented with a plethora of colors like tangerine, yellow, pink or even lilac.That’s it. We hope you enjoyed our review of the top spring colors for 2012! Let us know what youthought. What is your favorite of all the colors? Search Salon from all over USA: Read More about Salon Tips at :