Thursday, February 6, 2014

PANTONE Proud

The Spring 2014 PANTONE colors were announced several months ago. Way back when we were focused on comfy sweaters, cozy coats, riding boots, crocheted beanies and holiday shopping. Now that warmer months will be arriving, hopefully sooner than later, I figured now was a good of time as any to bounce around online to see if my favorite brands and retailers were listening to Ms. PANTONE (I am assuming PANTONE is a women because how many men like to play with colors? I am guessing they are few and far between.) 

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Freesia Cardigan (14 color options) // Sand Clutch // Cayenne Flats (3 color options) // Dazzling Blue Earrings // Placid Blue Scarf // Violet Tulip Dress // Celosia Orange Necklace // Paloma Pleated Skirt // Radiant Orchid Wellies // Hemlock Belt (6 color options)

I was pleasantly surprised that my tried and true stores were indeed listening. I discovered that almost every color on this year's list was offered on their websites. If it weren't for this whole marketing ploy, announcing a "color" list every year, I would go about my business thinking, "That yellow cardigan is fun", "Love those pink flats", "Ooooh, that grey pleated skirt can go with so many things". I haven't even used of some of these words in a sentence until PANTONE published them. Celosia? Hemlock? I guess I can consider it an educational lesson. I am all for learning something new.

Anyway, a few weeks ago I did my first post on playing with color palettes for your wardrobe. Even though I didn't share a personal style or outfit inspiration today, after looking at all ten shades side-by-side, I have come to the conclusion that the Spring PANTONE line-up makes quite the happy family.

Last September, I did a post on this same topic. I was head over heels for the Fall 2103 shades, but they didn't quite mesh together for me. As in, I didn't think there were countless of options in terms of combining colors.

The upcoming season is a whole other song and dance. I already dreamed up several combinations with the pieces rounded up today. This PANTONE go-round offers vibrant brights, natural neutrals and soft, feminine tones. It's a fashion lovers dream. Okay, maybe I am coming across as a little too excited.

Or maybe it's just because I am ready for bare legs all day, sandals, Easter eggs, warm sunny skies, green grass and some color on my skin.

We are in the home stretch, ladies. I promise!

Shanna

36 comments:

Chelsea Oliver said...

I cannot even WAIT until spring! I love colors so much and it's harder and harder to actually care about what I'm wearing with all this dang snow! Boo!

-Chelsea
chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

Samantha Curtis said...

Ohhhhh so excited for spring!!!! This mama needs some new clothes and a tan!

Susan Jeffries said...

I am just ready for temps above ten degrees and a weather forcast that does not call for a winter storm!! These colors are gorgeous and they all coordinate so nicely! Thanks for the tips! Susan

Rachelle (http://pinksole.com/) said...

I love these colors, they are really giving me shopping fever.

xo
​PinkSole​

Kelsey Long said...

Ahhh! Love all these colors! Thanks so much for sharing!

xo

Kelsey

www.excusemyblog.com

Nina Piccini said...

Kind of ingenious, especially for us fashion obsessed people who (maybe I'm only speaking for myself here...) will find any excuse to run out and grab a new top or accessory. Love all the pastels! I always thought they reminded me of my precious moments wallpaper growing up but they're truly stunning!

xo, Nina
afterthe40barfinish

Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} said...

Such a fun post! BRING ON SPRING!

Hallie Oceanside said...

Hands down one of my favorite seasonal color swatches.
Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!

thedailylace.com said...

thank you for the update!
lovely items!
Irene
www.thedailylace.com

TaraMixandMatch said...

Sprint needs to come...like now! Love the bright yellow and purple you chose!

My-cliffnotes said...

I agree I love all the colors this season!! We are supposed to get snow today :(

Charnele Michel said...

I cant wait to try all these colors in the spring!

xo,
ChaChaTheFashionGenius.com

The Girl who Loved to Write said...

Loveeee these colors!

Sarah Tucker said...

I'll take spring over these snow flurries we are getting today!!

Rebecca Lately said...

I love these colors and their names! But, I'll always just say 'yellow' or 'pink.' I doubt I'll remember hemlock!

Lauren {Fizz and Frosting} said...

I am REALLY digging these colors, especially the purples and blues!! Bring on Spring weather!

TheTinyHeart said...

These spring colors are so pretty! It kinda cracks me up though that Pantone announces the colors with a new name as if they were never seen before.

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I wear color all year, but there's something awesome about wearing it in spring.

Pamela Runsick said...

Love these colors! So fun and bright! The perfect spring palette!!

<3,
Pamela
http://sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

Kelly @ turned UP to ELEVEN! said...

It cracked me up that an ink company is the standard for fashion and what will be trendy. As a graphic designer I LOVE IT. I have a favorite pantone color, I use the scale every. single. day! SO when they announce the color of the year and colors for seasons I just adore it, but it still makes me giggle.

I am coveting those Hunter boots in that deep purple. I love it.

Jennifer Romero said...

I love your picks! I like most of the this coming season's colors, I just can't get behind the orchid... I mean, I am sure it looks great on some but on me blah...no thank you!! lol
oXo
Jenn

Stesha said...

This is an awesome post Shan! Woohoo, I am getting excited for Spring & Summer!

xxS

Caroline said...

THE PURPLE HUNTERS. Too darn cute. I live in my white ones, which are fun because I get to buy all kinds of different patterned wellie socks for them!

Helene in Between said...

I'm so ready for spring and bright colors and happpppy! haha i love the yellow and purple, and well, it all!

Carly said...

Love this, the colors are PERFECT for spring!

Misty C. said...

It's been a rough winter. So ready for spring!

Niki {Glossy Blonde} said...

I am loving all of these colors, but give me Freesia anywhere and everywhere!

Amanda Elizabeth - Meet @ the Barre said...

Oh I am loving that pleated gray skirt and those Hunters are major swoon worthy!

~Amanda
Meet @ the Barre

Just Another Shopaholic said...

I am so ready for Spring and can't wait to wear some cute colors like these.

mamaboot said...

Love all of these, but the yellow is my absolute FAVORITE! :) I decorate with it every chance I get!

Erika

Michelle said...

Those colors just make me happy...it has been a long, long, cold winter in Nebraska this year!

LRB said...

Love those lapis earrings.

www.littleredbook-thatshaute.blogspot.com

Merrie K. said...

Me too! I think I love all of them except for sand, and that's bc it's too close to my natural color...you need some contrast :)

Tammy Jo said...

Radiant orchid is THE color for weddings this season :)

Sarah said...

Yes to those colors and yes to Spring!! I neeeeed it!

Janice @ The JRaabulous Life said...

I'm loving all these colors!! I can't wait to play around with them. I just wish it would warm up soon!!!!

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