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The Most Wearable Color Trends You’ll Love This Spring

Spring colors are just what the doctor ordered to perk up both our wardrobes and our spirits after months of dreary, cold, and drab winter weather. As someone who loves and wears neutrals most of the time, these shades are a breath of fresh air and are inspiring me to try new things. Pantone is the “authority” on what colors will be popular each season and reports on the fashion color trends that walked down runways. The trend report for Spring/Summer 2023 for New York Fashion Week describes the coming colors as uplifting brights to ultra-calm tints that are recalibrated, highlighting the expression of individualism in unexpected ways. What does that mean for us? Not a whole heck of a lot if the colors aren’t readily available. Today, I’m joining my friend Susan to chat about some of the most wearable spring color trends for spring 2023.

Uplifting colors

Wearable Spring Color: Vivid Magenta

Pantone has chosen Vivid Magenta as the color of the year for 2023. If you’re on social media, you’ll already find 1.8M posts for #magenta. It’s described as powerful and empowering. Pantone calls this “a nuanced crimson-red tone that presents a balance between warm and cool.

With spring right around the corner, I’m seeing some red in the stores, but not a ton. Most are in red and white stripes, which is a classic spring pairing. If you have a winter seasonal color palette, you may love this when it has a blue/cool base. Magenta is typically pinkish red/purple, but what you see in the stores will vary. Brands put their own name on colors, so you should go by your eye and what flatters you. Case in point, this Eileen Fisher top.

Eileen Fisher calls this magenta, but it looks closer to Beetroot Purple to me, which is another wearable Pantone color for spring 2023

If you love brights, you’ll love many things popping up on the racks this spring. I always recommend stocking up on colors you love while they’re trending because you’ll get the most plentiful selection.

Wearable Spring Color: Beetroot Purple

What seems more plentiful than magenta right now, is Beetroot Purple. This is a vivid pinkish/purple which tends to lean cool. This shade flatters cool-toned complexions best, but as always, you should wear what you love that makes you feel confident.

Here are a few pieces I’ve found in this shade-

Wearable Spring Color: Blue Perennial

Blue, specifically Blue Perennial, will be very popular this spring. There’s always a lot of blue in the stores, but I’m seeing more than ever lately. Brands will call these blues by various names, so I would go by how they look on you and choose the one that flatters your skin tone best.

Blue perennial is described as a denim-like shade of blue, which of course, tells us nothing because denim comes in every shade imaginable. There is a flattering blue for every complexion. This shade shown would be great for women with cool undertones and mid-intensity.

More blue things I’ve spotted-

Wearable Spring Color: Classic Green

This reminds me of the green Kate Spade used in some of her original collections. They describe it as a nourishing green with health-giving properties. If you love the preppy style you’ll find lots of classic green pieces to work into your wardrobe plus touches of it on everything from handbags to sneakers.

This green would work for a winter seasonal color palette if the base has more blue than yellow and for a spring if it’s warmer. It’s pretty saturated so it makes a big statement.

More green I spotted-

Ultra-calm tints

Wearable Spring Color: Skylight Blue

Skylight Blue is another trending color that’s described as a “pure and water-cleansing aqua”. This color will flatter those of us with lower personal contrast in our coloring.

Pantone is calling Skylight Blue one of the core classic colors for spring which are calm, quiet colors that suggest a quiet presence. You’ll find it in various intensities.

THIS LONGCHAMP BACKPACK HAS A BIT MORE INTENSITY THAN THE SAMPLE FROM PANTONE BUT HAS A SIMILAR FEEL TO IT.

Here are a few things in shades that appear Skylight Blue. This shade could swing warm or cool, depending on the undertones, and is flattering for women with soft and low-contrast coloring.

See also- How To Find Your Personal Contrast Level And Why It Matters

More pale blue I spotted-

Wearable Spring Color: Crystal Rose

Crystal Rose is a clear pink that’s said to convey modern romance. There’s a flattering pink for every complexion. Much of what I’m finding has more yellow, which makes it warmer like a peach shade.

As we get further into spring, more pinks wil become available.

Wearable Spring Color: Lilac’s

Pantone called out Gray Lilac this spring, but I’m seeing more lilac in brighter shades. This may have something to do with delayed deliveries of last spring’s Veri Peri or simply that so many women love it for spring. I could not resist this one and can’t wait to break it out with some white in Miami.

THIS LITTLE CASHMERE AND COTTON CARDIGAN DOES APPEAR TO HAVE THE GRAY UNDERTONE

Stores are notorious for having yellow lighting, which makes it almost impossible to see the true color of items. Then, of course, we have a few brands who are notorious for colorizing their images for their catalog and website, which changes the color entirely. How fun would these pants be for a wedding this spring or summer?

More lilac I’ve spotted:

I always recommend stocking up on colors you love while they’re trending because you’ll find the most plentiful selection.

If a sweater, jacket, or pants in one of these colors feels too much, but you’d like to experiment with it, try adding a touch of it in your accessories

Let’s check out what Susan is thinking about the new colors for spring here at une femme d’un certain âge.

What colors appeal to you for spring/summer 2023?

43 Comments

  1. I’m such a green lover but don’t love that “Kelly Green”, maybe because it’s high contrast and I’m more low contrast? I gravitate to the calming colors. I do love that blue color and feel it would look good on everyone. I have never liked pink on me.

  2. Lilac (like the flower) is actually quite a varied color, anywhere from lavender blue to lavender pink, misty grey lavender, more towards mauve, or my favorite pastel to bright fuchsia pinks. Obviously it’s one of my colors, and goes with more than you would think!

  3. I have some of these colors in my wardrobe, so uplifting. Thanks for showing even more! I’m a cool mid tone summer, who can wear some winter brights.

  4. Thank you Susan and Jennifer. I thoroughly both of your articles. I do not know what season I am but I will continue to wear the greens, pinks, blues, and purples/lilacs and yellows that make me happy.

    1. That’s the best way to dress!!

  5. I like the ultra-calm tints. I actually got that Coach bag for my birthday!

    1. As a neutral lover, I’m attracted to the ultra-calm tints too

  6. Being a high contrast cool winter with white hair, I love all the bright colors, especially the deep pinks & blues. And I’ve always loved purple but I’m selective in my choice of purple tones. I seems expected that a silver/white haired woman will wear lavender. It’s sort of like the bob hairstyle.

  7. Love these beautiful colors. My favorite is the beet root, greens and blues. Not a fan of lilac because I look awful in it. But these color really scream Spring. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Francesca B says:

    Thank you Jennifer fun post ! I bought the Sam Edelman cut out sandals you posted in pink and l bought the orange which look fun, and l love the price. Thank you for finding such bargains. Happy weekend 🙂

    1. Wonderful! Happy weekend

  9. Love the beetroot purple and the intense lilac — great for my cool winter coloring. The perennial blue is pretty as an accent or accessory, but I need more contrast for a sweater, etc. I’ve seen some dark gray tops with trousers this color and like the look.

  10. I love the spring colors and am happy that I have many of them already in my closet.

  11. Robyn Dussault says:

    I found a fleece quarter zip at Everlane on sale in their beautiful horizon blue. It’s warm enough for the still chilly days ahead but the vibrant color signals spring!

    1. I’ll have to check it out!

  12. Love the green!!! Yeah! More green please!

  13. Love all these colors and so ready for them since our weather has been unusually warm here in PA. Enjoy your Florida vacation!

  14. Such a fun post! Love the blue and lavender shades, as a low contrast summer!

    1. As a medium/ low contrast true summer, I do too!!

  15. I love the magenta color. I bought a top recently on sale at Loft in that exact color, and a sweater last winter at Talbot’s. I am an autumn, but since my hair is a natural silver /white, and my skin is paler from age, I can actually wear a few of these colors. I do have to wear eye makeup, and lipstick, or I get washed out.

    I think the pinks, magenta, and some blue will work for me. I am not sure about lilac. The shade of green is not me. I hope to find scarves in the new colors, to add some color to plain tops and shirts.

  16. Jennifer, great picks here! Like you, I’m seeing a little something for everyone this season…

  17. Blue Perennial is what used to be called cornflower blue.

    There’s so much to love this spring! Everything all at once. Must. Not. Spend.

    1. LOL, I did spend. 😂

  18. The colors are lovely but other than perhaps that Crystal Rose I won’t be wearing them as my color palette is autumn. Technically I could get away with the Classic Green but its to preppy for my personal style. I’ve been in & out of the stores and searching website but haven’t found a single new spring item that fits my palette & style. Glad to hear these colors make others happy.

    1. I’ll keep an eye out for you.

  19. Such lovely colors, especially the magenta, classic green and perenial blue! I need the green cardigan that you styled in an earlier post : )Have a fabulous Friday!

  20. Love these colors. i think almost everyone looks good in blue! Green and lilac are my faves.

    1. I’m loving the lilacs

      1. Pamela Proffitte says:

        I loved seeing the Lilac also. One of my favorite colors I love to wear.

  21. Although some of these colors may not flatter me today, I do love see what’s new this spring. The green and blue shade’s definitely caught my eye. I guess you don’t know until you try on some of these colors if they would. Contrast with my current softer complexion and hair color really plays a huge role in what works for me. While a classic green top may overwhelm me, a clutch in that color would be so fun.
    Have a great trip!

    1. Exactly! Accessories are a great place to add a pop of color that may overwhelm your complexion.

  22. Melinda Beckett says:

    I agree with Susan. I love all the colors. I am a winter palette so I see lots of possibilities. Thanks for the info. Enjoy your trip!

  23. Those winter colours are so me. Love the bright pink especially.

  24. How fun! Found my favorite colors here! Welcome Spring! Thank you Jennifer!

  25. Pat Patterson says:

    Pretty colors, have a wonderful time in Miami, safe travels

  26. I don’t see any colors here that would look good on me. Perhaps that’s why my summer wardrobe is always lacking and I so look forward to fall, when I can find deeper colors in not so clear and bright tones. I want autumn colors in summer weight fabrics lol!

    1. There are lots of pale browns and cappuccino colors this season so keep your eye out.

  27. I LOVE these colors!!! Yeah!

    1. Great roundup. I appreciate your addressing seasons! I also agree you have to stock up on “your” colors when available! As a newly diagnosed deep winter I echo what the previous poster said about transitioning my colors to summer. I stocked up on “my” green this fall/winter. I may add some of the magenta adjacent colors if I can find the right ones. That Eileen Fisher top is already in my cart!

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