Spring 2013: Pantone Picks the Colors; I Pick My Outfits

I purged my closet after I lost weight. This is the result.

Are you gearing up for some spring clothing and accessories shopping like I am? Do you know who sets the official color palates for the seasons? Check out Pantone’s Spring 2013 color palate to see the 10 colors that you’ll find featured this spring in fashion and beauty. I review the featured colors ahead of my seasonal shopping trip(s) so I can narrow down the color choices to those that I know will flatter me. I hate fashion surprises and wasting time in stores either (1) moaning over the fact that I’m in love/not in love with the featured colors and/or (2) my skin tone looks good /bad against the featured colors. With a little pre-planning I know what I’m looking for before I go.

A handful of Pantone’s Spring 2013 colors — grayed jade, dusk blue, african violet, tender shoots and nectarine — are what I consider more subdued (think grayed out) versions of classic colors, while the others — poppy red, Monaco blue, and emerald — are more of the classic bright shades. The neutral for Spring 2013? Linen.

I  don’t  look great in every color (hello jade). Or in some shades of a particular color (hello pale yellow). And I won’t wear clothing in some colors (hello white). I’m sure you have some firm thoughts on what you think looks best on you, right?  That’s why I peek at the colors ahead of time. So I’m mentally prepared. You should too.

I say, “Know before you go, shopping that is.” I take a look in my closet with an eye toward which featured season’s colors will looks good on me as either a piece of clothing or as an accessory. And I look at what colors might make my go-to separates “pop” in a fresh, new way. Then I’ll look for pieces in those colors. I don’t buy a whole bunch of new clothes every season. Sometimes a new accessory or two is all it takes; I’m a sucker for interesting bracelets and rings, for example. And I will wrestle you to the mat for an outstanding bag.

I need to find some tops for under some of my go-to sweaters.

This spring I’m looking for a few new tops that will make my go-to sweaters look fresh. Poppy red, Monaco blue and linen are colors I’ll be looking toward. And I’m looking for a new bag. I’m in my mid-50s and mostly classic in my clothing choices. That’s why I often choose to feature the spunkier of Pantone’s colors palate in my accessories. For me, I get a fashion pop without feeling like a fashion victim.

How about you? Do you stick to the same color palate (black??) in your clothing and accessorize with the season’s featured color(s)? Or do you  look for separates in the season’s featured color(s)? After I lost more than 30 pounds last year, my sister Cindy told me to try on a lot of different styles of clothing to see what I looked good in. “Branch out,” she said. I’m trying, but old habits die hard. I still gravitate toward classic cuts of pants and shirts, then bling out on my accessories.


Did You Know? Pantone LLC, an X-Rite company, has been the world’s color authority for almost 50 years; the company provides professional color standards for the design industries, and it has chosen a Color of the Year since 2000. In early December 2012, Pantone officially announced the Color of the Year for 2013: Emerald Green. Pantone puts a lot of thought into naming the Color of the Year. The company searches the globe looking for color influences from the likes of the entertainment and film industries, new art and artists, popular travel destinations, and even socio-economic conditions. The company also considers factors like new technology, the availability of new textures and things that impact color, among other influences.

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8 Responses to Spring 2013: Pantone Picks the Colors; I Pick My Outfits

  1. First of all, big congratulations on your weight loss and maintaining it. I agree with your sister. You need to get out there and try something NEW. Maybe go to Nordstroms and let a personal shopper help you (they are free). They will bring you clothes that suits your tastes and needs and then help you get out of the box you are in as well.

    PS. Consider booting your Captcha system.

  2. OpinionsToGo says:

    I am so happy to know a real live ‘fashionista!’ You have definitely done your homework. Looking forward to more posts.

  3. Grace Hodgin says:

    It does feel great to loose weight and keep it off. I lost 30 pounds several years ago and had to go clothes shopping and loved every minute of it.

  4. Interesting Pantone choices. I’ve seen a lot of Emerald Green lately–I guess ok for younger women but not for me!

  5. I can’t even think about spring shopping yet with the frigid weather we have been having. However, I will definitely keep this in mind when I’m ready.

  6. Ellen Dolgen says:

    I’m OK with emerald green… I saw more than a few combos I really liked…

  7. Joyce says:

    I always learn the color of the year because it makes for a good Hodgepodge question. I included it a couple of weeks ago and people seemed to love or hate it. Personally I love it : )

    Hope you’re staying warm!

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