This is the first blog post in my February Spring Trends series. Today, we will talk color trends. Next Wednesday, 2/8, I’ll be covering Spring 2023 Style Trends. The following week, 2/15, I will be in Las Vegas for the Magic Apparel Show and will be taking photos of the colors and styles as they are represented in clothing. I will end the month, 2/22, with Spring 2023 fabric trends. Each blog post will be accompanied with a live video broadcast in our VIP Facebook Group at 6 p.m. MST and then posted on our YouTube Channel.
Doing a color trend report at the beginning of each season is one of my favorite things to do. I find the way color reflects our social, emotional and political climate completely fascinating. We are now in full realization of the ways the pandemic has changed our lives. Not a day goes by where I don’t hear a news report talking about the effects of the pandemic on our children, the educational system, the health system, and our work lives.
The truth is, some major things have shifted. In Eiseman’s quote from above, she mentions “blending escapism and realty.” Is it any wonder we are swinging between escaping and being grounded. When you look around, do you see “extreme contrasts in mood?” Don’t we all seek a less angry and painful world? Don’t we want to find “play” and tranquility again? This season’s color palate reflects all of those desires and offers a solution, at least in the emotions a great outfit creates within us and how its colors makes us feel on the inside.
Looking at the color palate above, can you guess what colors connote escapism and what colors connote reality? Which colors speak “wholesome” to you? Which ones speak “joy?” Here is a quick breakdown of each color and the emotion it creates.
Fiery Red: Color of vitality and energy, connoting power
Beetroot Purple: Fuchsia that harkens images of summer flowers, connoting escape
Tangelo: Rich orange that is a cross between a tangerine and orange, connoting health
Peach Pink: Warm, peachy pink that is soft and gentle, connoting nurture
Empire Yellow: The color of summer and all things sunshine, connoting joy
Crystal Rose: Gutsy pink that is still feminine and soft, connoting romance.
Classic Green: The color of grass and summer, connoting health and vitality
Love Bird: Rich, lime green that is not neon, connoting the exotic
Blue Perennial: Dark denim blue that is lighter than navy, connoting grounding
Summer Song: Light blue like that of a summer sky, connoting tranquility
Skylight: Medium deep aqua, connoting cleansing
Vanilla Cream: Creamy ivory, connoting rich and decadent
Grey Lilac: Greyed Lilac, connoting a sunset after a storm
Leek Green: Medium and warm olive, connoting vegetation
Macchiato: Warm, rusty brown, connoting the perfect cup of coffee
Looking at this color palate as a whole, you can see the vibrant colors that infuse us with joy: red, bright oranges and yellow. Contrasting that, we have the grounding greens and blues. The romantic pink acts as an anchor between the two. Then, on the bottom, we have the softer and earthier shades that make us feel tranquil.
You will be seeing some color play this season with designers pairing unlikely colors together. Examples of this might include pairing the bright red and pinks together or the orange and yellow. The goal is that we feel the freedom to “play” and express our individuality. At the same time, look for soft color palates that combine the peachy pinks, leek greens and macchiato browns.
If you would like to see examples of these colors, watch my Live Wednesday Night Wardrobing video tonight at 7 p.m. MST. Be sure to say hello if you watch live, or comment with #replay if you watch it later. Let me know what questions you have too. I will be happy to answer them! You can watch here.