Pantone Spring 2015 Color Report Closet Overhaul

One of the best things about a new year means new Pantone colors! This season they went with cooler and softer colors with some warm tones. To follow their En Plein Air theme, Pantone took their cues from nature with Aquamarine, Scuba Blue, Lucite Green, Classic Blue, Toasted Almond, Strawberry Ice, Tangerine, Custard, Marsala, and Glacier Gray. Here are just a few ways to incorporate my favorite of these beautiful hues into your wardrobe!

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Clockwise from the top left: Aquadesiac, Electric Eel, Aquiver, Freshwater, Improper Copper, Pink Venus, Mythology, Bamboo, Nocturnelle, and Electra

Let’s start with the easiest (and cheapest) way to incorporate the new hues: with an awesome new eye look! At $16 MAC Cosmetics has every color on the planet (including shades similar to the new Pantone hues), and your wallet won’t take a huge hit. Some are pretty bright, but “Improper Cooper,” “Pink Venus,” and “Gold Mine” are more subtle and definitely more functional, but I am all about the brights. It’s an easy way to kick up a black ensemble with a dramatic eye look, which you would definitely have with “Mythology.”

Ok so some of these are a bit more of an investment than the $16 eyeshadows, but there’s always a time for dresses. These guys range from the Marsala-colored Free People Peekaboo lace dress at $78 to the steep lucite green-colored Jenny Packham chiffon gown at $2,235. I personally think that the glacier gray-colored BCBGMAXAZria Kinsley dress is the best of the bunch: the color is timeless, the cut is youthful, the style is totally wearable, and the price won’t kill you at $368.

Ugh, I want every. single. pair. I actually own the J Brand Electric Blue jeans and I love them. They are made with the softest material, so naturally I bought them in black, too. Obviously the most wearable pairs are the marsala-colored J Brand Maria jeans and the glacier gray-colored Hudson Nico jeans (assuming you don’t spill your coffee.) Like the dresses, these guys will take a chunk out of your paycheck (not quite as badly as that beautiful Jenny Packham gown, but still.) Pick a favorite pair that you can dress up for going out, dress down for the weekend, and, if you can swing it, add a blazer and tote to make it somewhat work appropriate (casual Fridays, anyone?)

Ah, on to my favorite part: purses! I look at purses like investments, I mean you carry one every day. I also, personally, look at them as baseball cards because I can’t seem to stop collecting them. All of these purses are pretty muted and the only colors that can’t be worn year round are the lucite green-colored Marc by Marc Jacobs “Mariska” backpack and the strawberry ice-colored Marc by Marc Jacobs “Metropolitote 48” tote. I mean, you can pick a purse, any purse, given that their is such a variety of colors and sizes above. I have a terrible fear of spilling something on light purses (honestly, it’s not as if that has stopped me in the past though), but the aquamarine-colored Rebecca Minkoff “Mini 5 Zip” crossbody bag would be perfect for going out and it won’t kill your budget at $165. I love the tangerine-colored Alexander McQueen “Padlock” duffel, but then again, I don’t have $1,645 to spend. One day.

On to other people’s favorites: shoes. I am not a big fan of shoe shopping (mostly because I am tall enough without heels), but this is a great way to incorporate the new colors into your look. These can all easily be dressed up with a little black dress or paired with slacks and a blazer for a business professional look. Ok, maybe skip the glacier gray-colored Via Spiga “Nariah” platform pumps, but other than that I think you’re good. I think that the tangerine-colored Vince “D’Orsay” pumps would add some serious flair to any ensemble. From my perspective (comfort level and heel height), I really like the strawberry ice-colored Kate Spade New York “Willa” ballet flats. Cute and functional!

Ah, the perfect was to top off this list: sunglasses. Another easy way to incorporate the Pantone Spring 2015 colors is with sunglasses. Like the shoes, they are just a pop of color and not as bold as the dresses or jeans. I really like oversized sunglasses like the marsala-colored Valentino “Rockstud” pair, the Marc by Marc Jacobs oversized way-farers (only $120!), and the Prada “Opal” sunglasses because 1. they are badass and 2. they hide a hangover like no other.

What do you think?