10 Colors to Wear This Spring, According to Pantone's Color Report

While it may not feel like it, Spring is officially two days away. And this year, it's not just about soft pastels. It's all about mixing those traditional light-colored hues with brighter, more vivid shades. According to Pantone's Spring 2014 Fashion Color Report, this year's color array, which ranges from subtle blues to bright oranges, was "inspired by blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women."

Leatrice Eismean, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes this season's color report as the following:

“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium. While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colors allows for experimentation with new looks and color combinations.”

Here are the 10 colors you should incorporate into your fashion and beauty palettes come March 20.


Petite Drapey Chambray Softened Shirt, $25, Loft

This soft blue shade has a hint of lavender, adding a subtle purple tone to an otherwise baby blue color. Think: chambray shirts and light blue denim jeans. Pantone describes it as "a picture perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky [inducing] a sense of peaceful calmness."


Essie Nail Polish in Using My Maiden Name, $9, Essie

We can't wait to picnic on the grass, wearing this blue/purple shade on our nails and toes. It's not a true pastel purple, but a deeper, more "romantic, vintage purple," inspired by tulips and irises.


Merona Skinny Belt in Mint Green, $13, Target

This warm, light green shade may remind you of the jade and mint colors that have been popular in spring seasons of the past. But this time, it's a touch darker, and is meant to be paired with bolder, brighter colors.


Michael Kors' High-Low Knit Sweater, $120, Neiman Marcus

When you think of sand, you picture summer, not spring. But it's exactly the toasty, almost caramel color that Pantone predicts will be big this season.


Alexander Wang Prisma Backpack, $657, Net-A-Porter

Don't put away those gray garments from fall and winter. This elegant shade of gray is a definite staple for spring and can be worn alone or combined with Pantone's palette of brighter colors for a perfectly balanced ensemble.


Halogen Linen Blend Scarf, $29, Nordstrom

If you get tired of your pink-colored pieces and are looking to spice up your outfit, look no further than this bold, high-pitched red. It's the same shade as the spice it's named after and adds the same kind of heat in an ensemble, too.


See by Chloe Blouse with Tie Waist, $525, Shopbop

Brighten up your closet with this blazing yellow hue. It's less Easter egg yellow and more tropical and floral-inspired. If you've been too afraid to wear yellow, let this season be your introduction into this cheery color.


Karen Walker Super Worship Sunglasses in Orange, $280, S hopbop

You may not be familiar with celosias, but they're those gorgeous and colorful spire-shaped flowers. The orange ones always stand out, so it's no surprise that they inspired this spring's shade of orange.


L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick in Purple Prelude, $10, Walgreens

Unlike violet tulip, radiant orchid — which is also Pantone's 2014 color of the year — is a warmer shade of purple with a hint of magenta. If you're feeling more playful, pair it with lighter shades, like sand or hemlock, so it really stands out.


Michael Kors Petite Rose Golden/Cobalt Stainless Steel Watch, $195, Neiman Marcus

The complete polar opposite of placid blue, dazzling blue is brilliant and bold. If you're reluctant to wear a whole dress or a blouse in the bright blue shade, choose accessories, like this blue-faced watch.

Image: Pantone