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The Colors of Fall: 5 Shades for a Stylish Season

Fall is rich in color. Changing leaves and autumn décor surrounds us with vibrant scenery. Many people like these colors so much, they choose to infuse their wardrobes with fall colors, too.

Most of the time, traditional fall colors include burnt oranges, rusty browns and deep reds. But for 2014, designers have opted for a diverse, playful palette.

Here are the five colors that will have you looking stylish and turning heads this season:

  1. Gray

A strong neutral, gray can be worn from head to toe for a classy, sophisticated look. It’s strongest however when complemented by a drop of color. Think of an orange belt, for instance, or a plum blouse beneath a gray coat. Such combinations allow for a subdue look that still stands out.

The trick is finding the right shade of gray. You will want to find something that matches your complexion. For instance, a blond with light skin tone may want to go with something soft and pale, while brunettes may choose deep tones, like charcoal.

  1. Orchid

Radiant orchid is 2014’s Pantone Color of the Year, making it a top color choice for every season.

Orchid is a fun color to play with, allowing for many creative options. Have fun trying them out. One combination sure to pop is orchid and cognac. The look is elegant and classy, striking and unexpected.

  1. Orange

More often than not, orange seems to be the color that defines fall. However, just because it is widely accepted doesn’t mean that it is easy to pull off. As with gray, the secret to orange is skin tone. Match the right shade of orange with your unique coloring.

Also, remember that a little orange goes a long way. An orange belt. An orange handbag. The effect this accent color has can be striking.

  1. Green

The color green is all around us. Look at nature for a second. There are millions of different colored flowers, all with green leaves and stems. Bright forest green is particularly in fashion this year.

When choosing outfits that include forest green, use contrasting colors to complement it. Think navy. Think plum. You definitely don’t want your colors to clash, and green is extra tricky in this regard. If you go soft with green, go deep with your complementary color, and vice versa. An outfit sure to win is green combined with gray flannel or tweed.

  1. Yellow

Don’t shy away from yellow this year. It is the colorful touch you need to brighten up this season. But subtlety is important; don’t go overboard. Know that yellow is especially effective as an accessory.

Yellow has an interesting effect on people’s minds. It’s strongly associated with laughter, happiness, and the sun. These associations can affect our moods and perceptions. Therefore, wearing yellow may give you the ability to brighten people’s days in more ways than one.

These five colors are not your only options for fall, of course. When you wear colors that compliment your skin tone and natural coloring, anything can go. Get experimental and have a little fun. Use the above tips to get started, but add your own flair. Fall 2014 is going to be a great season for the daring stylist.

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Pantone’s World of Color

Pantone's World of ColorThe New Year brings about new trends.

The world looks to midnight on January 1st as the dawn of a new year. Similarly, many people look to Pantone® to announce the year’s hot color trend.

Pantone is the authority on color. Much of the world acknowledges this company as the primary source of information on trending and complimentary color systems. Ironically enough, before deciding on the “Color of the Year”, Pantone surveys the world.

Searching for the Color of the Year

Pantone looks to entertainment, popular travel destinations, art exhibits, new artists, and various socio-economic conditions before choosing the color of the year. They also consider technology, textures, and worldwide sporting events before landing on the exact hue. Once Pantone’s decision is published, it influences fashion, interior design, branding, graphic design, product packaging and more.

Communicating with Color

Individuals and companies wait in anticipation for Pantone to reveal its color of the year. Color is one of the most powerful communication tools. Those who want to be seen and heard are sure to consult Pantone before crafting visual messages.

Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2014

Inspire and be inspired by Pantone’s Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid. Radiant orchid is said to be “…a captivating, magical, enigmatic purple….” In order to have a colorful year, however, it is important to have more than a single color option. This is why Pantone publishes entire color schemes that are appropriate for each season.

10 colors have made the cut for Spring 2014, also known as “A Season of Colorful Equilibrium”.

And for those who want to be perfectly color coordinated in fashion, décor, and more, check out Pantone’s color swatch book 35 Inspirational Color Palettes.

Very few aspects of life are black and white. We live in a colorful world. And Pantone is the global authority on color. See what will be trending next. Stay up to date with Pantone.

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