Every year, designers around the world flaunt their new styles and, in general, what happens on the catwalk, stays on the catwalk. As a typical woman, living in a typical neighborhood, I cannot pull off the feathers and fluff like the models. Nor can I walk my son to school or show up to work looking like a Lady Gaga wannabe. But what the designers decide to put on their models will most definitely trickle down to the Targets, Kohl’s and Macy’s in your neighborhood in the way of basic shapes and colors. Colors are key to being in style. You will begin to see a host of fresh colors to go along with the watered down looks from New York Fashion Week.
Pantene Color Institute, the global authority on color, studied the designs and came up with the 10 colors which make up the key color palette for spring and summer of 2011. A few items from this exotic mix of colors can easily punch up a wardrobe. Accessorize or add a shirt or two from the top color list and instantly be up-to-the-minute in style.
1. Honeysuckle. The color of the season, this vibrant pinkish red, flatters most skin tones and is a feel good color. It works well with standard basics like black, navy and charcoal, but can also be played with up against a green or brown for contrast.
2. Coral Rose. This is a warm orange that welcomes Spring. The spicy undertones are influenced by the colors of Africa and Asia.
3. Beeswax. Honey yellow, it takes its cue from the spice, saffron. According to Pantone, yellow is gaining momentum in the fashion world. This soft, warm version is a good transition color for those not used to wearing yellow.
4. Regatta. A cool, teal-like blue that has a calming effect on people. Blue is consistently ranked as a favorite color for men, and it comes in second with women.
5. Lavender. Lighter and more romantic than purple, lavender pairs nicely with the coral rose and beeswax shown this season. Include a splash of lavender with a silky scarf if you aren’t ready to jump on the purple bandwagon.
6. Blue Curacao. Picture a glistening Caribbean sea, that is Blue Curacao. Close to turquoise, this color looks wonderful on most skin tones, wear it on a blouse for a bold shot of color. It also looks striking against the other top colors.
7. Peapod. Not my personal favorite, but this spring-like yellow green does remind me of spring and will look amazing on my green-eyed, blond daughter. Green is being shown as a neutral this season and will have a much bigger section in the department stores.
8. Silver Peony. A delicate pinky silver is slightly peachy and feels very romantic. This sweet neutral can easily update your wardrobe.
9. Russet. Something like Spanish clay, this is a soft mix of pink and beige with a peachy undertone like the Silver Peony. This complimentary color can be used the same way, as a neutral to update your wardrobe.
10. Silver Cloud. Soft and timeless, this silvery hue is a great background color for the season. Gray-tones can be a fashion staple for those with the right skin tone, taking you from season to season.