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Kaleidoscope of Color

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Representation of the 10 pantone spring 2015 colors for women
Representation of the 10 Pantone Spring 2015 Colors for Women

I remember way back yonder when I was just fascinated with kaleidoscopes. The way the shapes, colors and light worked together to create different patterns when rotating the tube was simply magical.

Remember the aluminum Christmas trees? Well my grandparents had one and as a little kid I thought it was spectacular. There was a revolving yellow, green, red and blue color wheel light source that shone under the tree. The colors of the light against the reflective aluminum created a color burst effect that was wonderfully delightful.

If Kaleidoscopes, pinwheels and crayola crayons were considered low tech then the color wheel and the aluminum tree were as high-tech as it got back then. That is until I learned how to mix two primary colors together to achieve a different color; a trick so cool it was awe-inspiring.

It’s no wonder with my early appreciation of color that I adored the spring and autumn seasons of the year. Apparently Pantone, the color authority (I like to refer to them as the color people), appreciate color so much that for the past 15 years they celebrate a color of the year.

#1 Khaki and Coral
#1 Khaki and Coral

This year’s color is described by Pantone as “Marsala enriches our mind, body and soul, exuding confidence and stability. Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us into its embracing warmth.”

What is Color?

There is a very scientific process involved in the development of color as well as a psychology on how color affects us. Crayola explains it this way “To see color, you have to have light. When light shines on an object some colors bounce off the object and others are absorbed by it. Our eyes only see the colors that are bounced off or reflected.”

Of course for those of you who have never seen color the challenge is how can it be described in such a way so that you can dress based on how you feel. For example the color blue is often associated with depth and stability. It symbolizes trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven.

#2 Yellow, Blue & Coral
#2 Yellow, Blue & Coral

So if you were going on a job interview you would want to wear a color that not only represents, but projects a positive image. While there are literally millions of colors in the world I believe generalized descriptions of groupings of colors could be helpful to those of you who are interested in the image you are projecting at any given time. I’ll see what I can dig up but in the meantime following are the 10 colors for women (with brief descriptions) identified by Pantone.

  1. Aquamarine – airy, ethereal blue with a cool, dreamy feel. Evokes thoughts of soothing, tropical waters.
  2. Scuba Blue – restores our sense of carefree playfulness, while invigorating the body and mind.
  3. Lucite Green – a soft, serene green offers a fresh sense of clarity.
  4. Classic Blue – with its waterborne qualities, is perceived as thoughtful and introspective.
  5. Toasted Almond – a sun-tanned neutral, offers timeless, comforting warmth reminiscent of the sun on our skin in the spring and summer months.
  6. Strawberry Ice – a light, nurturing coral tone.
  7. Tangerine – an energizing, non-jarring take on orange that adds a bold pop of color for spring.
  8. Custard – an all-encompassing yellow for the spring palette.
  9. Marsala – incorporates the satisfying richness of a tastefully fulfilling meal while its grounding red-brown roots point to a sophisticated, natural earthiness.
  10. Glacier Gray – a timeless and unobtrusive gray that adds a sense of graceful relaxation as another practical neutral.

The trend I want to share today are jumpsuits and I will describe each of the two outfits below:

#1 Khaki & Coral

  • Gathered crossover top jumpsuit | Zara | Sleeveless khaki surplice jumpsuit, gathered at the shoulders and waist, 2 side pockets.
  • Short crepe jacket | Zara | Red/coral collarless cropped jacket, crew-neck, sleeves a little longer than three-quarter length. Top closure is a turn-key, three snaps closures follow. 2 front facing pockets.
  • Tahari Camelot Pump | DSW | Nude, leather pump asymmetrical instep strap with an adjustable buckle, 3 inch covered heel, pointed toe.
  • Guess Sunglasses | Macy’s |Grey/brown gradient, cat-eye style.
  • Simply Vera Vera Wang Bead Marquise Drop Earrings | Kohl’s | two and one half-inch in length, fishhook, silver-tone, with mint and black beads. Bead are inserted in two silver-tone diamond shapes. The smaller diamond contains black beads and the larger shape contains the mint beads.

#2 Yellow, Blue & Coral

  • Zara Cutaway Sides Jumpsuit | Zara | Indigo sleeveless jumpsuit, cutaway sides aren’t completely cutaway as there is a band that connects each side to the back. The back dips into v right before the lower back. Side zip closure and two faux pockets in the back.
  • Printed Flowy Crepe Kaftan | Zara | Shades of blue, khaki and cream. Wide, collarless, open-front, flowy, three-quarter length sleeves, jacket is hip length, Print consists of very detailed floral-like medallions.
  • BCBGeneration Gaminkha Reptile Pump | DSW |  Faux reptile-embossed leather upper, Pointed toe, 3 inch covered heel.
  • Stella & Max We Go Together All I Need Clutch Wallet | Macy’s | Coral, flap with magnetic snap closure, faux-leather, goldtone hardware.
  • Simply Vera Vera Wang Cluster Necklace | Kohl’s | Clustered metallic and clear beads, silver-tone 20 inch necklace with adjustable lobster-claw clasp and oval links.

Located at the top of this article is a representation of the 10 colors referenced in the post. The bold classic blue, scuba blue, tangerine and marsala are nicely balanced with the remaining softer shades. When I look at this it reminds me of cotton candy.

“Your attitude is like a box of crayons that colour your world. Constantly colour your picture grey, and your picture will always be bleak. Try adding some bright colours to the picture by including humour, and your picture begins to lighten up.” ~Allen Klein

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