Spring 2021 Top Fashion Colors

Picture from Pantone.com

That Pantone chose Ultimate Gray (or Pandemic Gray) and Illuminating Yellow as the 2021 colors of the year says so much about the psyche of our nation and world as we still face an alarming death toll from the Covid19 Pandemic while cautiously and anxiously hoping for brighter days. It has always been interesting to me how colors in both fashion and design often mimic the political and social climate from which they come. This spring’s color palate is both earthy and exuberant, indicating a need to feel both grounded and hopeful.

Perhaps it is because I am a Wyoming girl with strong roots in this state (my dad’s family homesteaded here) or because I am a mountain girl dreaming of backpacking next summer that this season’s key colors remind me of a field of lovely spring wild flowers. I’ve seen open fields in late June adorned with flowers in these same bright pinks, oranges, yellows, blues and purples. And yet, there is also the toasted coral and rust as well as the warm tan and olive that remind me of the forest floor layered with pine needles and organic matter that cushions my feet as I walk across it. For me, there is no place more serene than the mountains, and after 2020, I am looking for serene wherever I can find it. I am excited about both extremes in the color palate for spring 2021, as I too am finding myself seeking both grounding and hope.

As you plan your spring wardrobe, I hope you will add colors from both categories this year. All of the top colors in the picture above can be used for tops or as accents. “Raspberry Sorbet,” “Illuminating Yellow,” “Green Ash,” “Mint,” “Cerulean,” “French Blue,” and “Amethyst” will all pair beautifully with “Ultimate Gray” or “Inkwell.” For a warmer palate, choose “Burnt Coral” and “Rust” and also “Marigold,” and pair them with the lovely “Desert Mist” tan or even the warm olive “Willow.” The easy to wear “Buttercream” also makes a lovely choice as a neutral bottom and would be especially pretty with “Burnt Coral” and “Desert Mist.”

To see examples of these colors, watch my live Wednesday Wardrobing video tonight at 6 p.m. MST. To watch, join our VIP Facebook Group called Fashion Crossroads Fashionistas.

Spring 2018 Color Trends

spring-2018-color-palletteIt’s nearing the end of January, and I spent yesterday skiing with my family.  It was really a beautiful day with a warm winter sun.

Despite my fun in the snow, however, February is an absolutely rotten, no-good, horrible month in Wyoming.  There is nothing redeeming about February: it’s cold, grey, snowy and, usually, windy.  Which is why I relish the new spring arrivals at this time of year because they are a reminder to stay strong…spring is on the way.

Take a closer look at the Pantone color palate at the top of this blog post so you can see just all you have to look forward to this spring.  It includes Meadowlark yellow (which I love because that is our state bird), Cherry Tomato, Little Boy Blue, Chili Oil, Pink Lavender, Blooming Dahlia, Acadia, and Ultra Violet.  From earthy and warm to soft and cool, spring’s palate is sure to have you clamoring over at least one color.

My color crush for the season is Blooming Dahlia.  We just received our new Tribal Sportswear, and within our January collection are several pieces in Blooming Dahlia. It is such a wonderful, peachy pink.   It pairs beautifully with soft olive and navy blue, as you can see in the pictures.  Of course, it is always great with white too.  Best yet, it is a decidedly feminine color that just makes a girl feel pretty.

I would love to hear about your color crush for the season in the comments to this blog post, and in the mean time….stay strong.  Spring is coming!

Find Your Equilibrium This Spring

Working in the back room the other day, I startled when the buzzer rang.  Opening the door, I welcomed our UPS driver in as he began to pile box upon box of varying shapes and sizes.  I quickly signed for the delivery, and  opened the box to reveal springtime!  The yellows, oranges and blues were a welcome sight.  While everyone else is just fully embracing winter, we in the clothing industry are embracing spring.

Pantone.com is my favorite website for finding out what the trendiest colors for the season will be.  According to Leatrice Eisman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute, “this season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium.” What a beautiful thought.  Equilibrium means being in a state of rest and balance.  It occurs when two opposing forces cancel each other out resulting in stability.  The key colors this season are a blending and balancing of both soft and vivid.  Thus, two opposing forces, or in this case, colors, work together to bring stability.


The key tranquil colors are Placid Blue (sky blue), Violet Tulip (lavender), Hemlock Green (similar to spruce green) Paloma (dark grey) and Sand.  I love the Big Horn Mountains, so when I think of these colors, I imagine a hike through a field blooming with flowers and towering mountains in the background.  Picture it -a soft blue sky contrasted by the dark grey cliffs in the distance and the grey-green of a spruce tree just in front of you, all accented with wild lavender hyacinths. Just imagining it brings a sense of rest to my soul.


But to have equilibrium, you also need a contrasting force of equal power.  So, now add into the mix Freesia (vibrant yellow), Cayenne red (just like the spice), Celosia Orange (like a really ripe orange), Radiant Orchid (the purple of an orchid) and Dazzling Blue (the color of the deep ocean).  Freesia, Cayenne Red and Celosia Orange make me think of India and the mustard and red colors of curries.  But to get a sense of these colors, you could also imagine the progress of a sunset and how the sun turns a deep yellow and the sky transforms from orange to red to violet and then deep blue.

Before you chuff and say this is too much ado about nothing, be reminded that color affects your mood.  Red is the color of passion, blue promotes a sense of calm, green makes you feel refreshed,  yellow lifts your mood and makes you feel happy, and orange can bring out your creativity.  For more on this topic, check out “How Color Affects Our Mood” in the Huffington Post   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/27/how-color-affects-our-moo_n_1114790.html.  Indeed, research shows the first aspect of a product a consumer responds to is color.  I’m sure you’ve had the experience of walking into a store and having an article of clothing jump off the rack.  You might have even heard yourself utter, “I love this.”  More than likely, you were responding to the color.  So I encourage you this season to think about the colors in this new palate that bring about that response in you.  Take a copy of this color palate with you as you shop and choose clothing that brings you equilibrium.