Wear the Palette Right!
SATISFYING OUR GROWING DESIRE TO REJUVENATE AND REVITALISE, GREENERY SYMBOLISES THE RECONNECTION WE SEEK WITH NATURE, ONE ANOTHER AND A LARGER PURPOSE.
Looking into Pantone's 2017 Colour Profile
The season is changing as winter slowly fades out, while summer knocks on our doors with warm temperatures and a golden heart. While the weather settles down into a more sultry look, it is also time to perk up our wardrobes with new styles and—most importantly—the fresh colours of Pantone's 2017 Spring Report.
From shades that standd out strong on their own, to those that bring us closer to nature—the colours that Pantone has chosen for 2017 come with something for every mood and personality. "Reminiscent of the hues that surround us in nature, our spring 2017 fashion color report evokes a spectrum of emotion and feeling. From the warmth of sunny days with PANTONE 130755 Primrose Yellow to the invigorating feeling of breathing fresh mountain air with PANTONE 18-0107 Kale and the desire to escape to pristine waters with PANTONE 14-4620 Island Paradise, designers applied colour in playful, yet thoughtful and precise combinations to fully capture the promises, hope and transformation that we yearn for, each spring said leatrice eiseman, executive director of the pantone color institute
This new range of ten colours—namely 'Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut, Island Paradise, Greenery, Flame, Pink Yarrow, Niagara, Kale and Lapis BlueBlue'—has definitelytely secured a spot for itself in the world of fashionshion for the rest of the year, at least. However, we understand that the sheer variety of this brandrand new colour palette can seem intimidating, especially as one tries to include it all in theireir daily style directory. Here are a few ideas on how to make the 'not so common' coloursrs of 2017 work for you:
MUST-HAVES FOR 2017
Greenery— allotted as the colour of the year by Pantone, the company describes the shade as a "tangy yellow-green that speaks to our need to explore, experimentnt and reinvent ,speaking about this shade,eiseman said, satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalise, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek withh nature, one another and a larger purpose.”.”
Greenery is a pop of colour on this year's palette that not many people envision in their wardrobes. However, the uniqueness of this shade is exactly where its strength lies. Use the shade paired with muted tones to create an outfit that stands out in both vibrancy and diversity.
For those confident of the shade, add more of it to your daily fashion—mainly in the form of dresses, skirts and summer jackets. The unsure can ease the colour into their lives in the form of accessories—jewellery, scarves, footwear or anything small that will add to the overall look of your outfit.
FOR THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL
Pantone's 2017 colour palette has a range of bold shades for those with an outgoing and extrovert personality. Primrose Yellow, Flame and Pink Yarrow stand out on the palette as fun-loving and eye-grabbing colours that can be fun to play around with, if styled properly.
Primrose Yellow— the colour of summer is described by Pantone as one which "sparkles with heat and vitality." This warm and bright shade is the colour of happiness and will exude that emotion with floaty summer dresses and flowing skirts to help you beat the heat.
Those looking for a more subdued look can pair Primrose Yellow with muted nude shades of earthy tones. This would work perfectly well
for those who want to take the safer route while experimenting with the shade.
Flame— very true to its name, Pantone considers this colour "flamboyant and vivacious". This shade is perfect for those who love drama and enjoy a theatrical entrance, everywhere they go. The sheer energy that this shade carries with it makes it near to impossible to go wrong while styling yourself using this colour.
Be it a casual dress, a power-packed pair of business trouser or an elegant evening gown, Flame is a shade that will do justice to every look and make sure that you always stand out in a crowd.
Pink Yarrow— another bold and fun shade is this "captivating and stimulating colour that lifts spirits and gets the adrenaline going," says Pantone. Pink Yarrow is an extremely feminine colour and brings out a sense of elegance.
Like its fun loving counterparts, besides being the perfect shade for almost every occassion, this festive shade also works as the perfect colour for bridal wear, adding a dash of traditional versatility.
For those looking to slowly ease themselves into these vibrant shades can try including accessories of these colours to their wardrobe. Belts, shoes, scarves and even purses in these shades will add a dash of animation to an otherwise plain monochrome outfit.
RANGING FROM A MUTED ISLAND PARADISE TO A DEPENDABLE NIAGARA AND AN ENERGETIC LAPIS BLUE, PANTONE'S BLUE SHADES ARE REFRESHING AND RELAXING.
NESTLED IN THE LAP OF NATURE
A large part of the 2017 colour palette is defined by colours are reminiscent of the various hues that surround us, in nature. Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut and Kale represent three different and distinct shades of nature—the softness of flowers, the neutrality of the earth and the richness of the forest, respectively.
Pale Dogwood— Pantone calls this soft shade of pink a colour that "engenders an aura of innocence and purity." The shade is extremely similar to Rose Quartz—Pantone's Colour of the year, 2016—and exudes the same amount of freshness and comfort as its predecessor.
The muted tone of this shade makes it a good choice for both formal and casual wear, suitable to both genders. Additionally, the shade is capable of standing on its own, just as much as it pairs well with darker tones, for overall elegance.
Hazelnut— This colour looks like a mix between a versatile pink and a nude beige that brings out the earthy tones in it. "Unpretentious and with an inherent warmth," says Pantone. The neutrality of Hazelnut makes it the perfect shade for every season.
The personality of Hazelnut largely depends on how you dress the shade up. This tone has the ability to both stand out as well as blend in, making it a great option for those who like their clothes to reflect their moods.
Kale— Similar to the khaki green of army uniforms, Kale is a "lush and fertile" shade, according to Pantone. While Kale is a safe shade to be worn on its own, it biggest advantage lies in the fact that it teams well with almost any colour, both vibrant and neutral.
Kale is another shade that is gender neutral and works well with all personality types.
Like their vibrant counterparts, the earthy and natural hues also work well with accessories, especially shoes—be it high-heeled pumps or lacy feminine boots.
Additionally, depending on the fabric, all three colours can mirror a sense of sophistication, when chosen to don evening wear.
SHADES OF THE OCEAN
Lastly we come to the different shades of blue in the colour palette for the year. Ranging from a muted Island Paradise, to a dependable Niagara and an energetic Lapis Blue, Pantone's blues are refreshing and relaxing.
Island Paradise, an innocent and delicate shade is "emblematic of tropical settings and our desire to unwind," says Pantone. Niagara, on the other hand, is described as a "classic denim-like blue that speaks to our desire for ease and relaxation." Lapis Blue, the boldest of them all, is said to be "strong and confident—imbued with an inner radiance." The infinity of blue as a colour—regardless of its multiple hues—makes this colour one of the few that goes well with every mood, temperament and personality.
Take these shades and make them your own. Be it casual wear, a grand evening gown or a crisp office look—you cannot go wrong with them.