Ode to Color: The Best Tones On Spring’s Palette

March 20, 2010 • Magazine

Ode to Color: The Best Tones On Spring's Palette

Ode to Color: The Best Tones On Spring's Palette

Mon, 2000-03-20 01:00

Andra Naylor

We at Second City Style write a lot about color. Whether we’re advising our readers to buy more of it, try a fun combination or avoid tricky shades, we’re always thrilled to share the latest with you. I’m especially excited about this spring’s palette because there’s something for everyone – blushing nudes if you dare, vibrant brights for the optimists or fatigues-worthy earth tones that are practical for anyone. And the best part is learning how these fabulous color families work together to create dynamic, unique looks.

Ballerina Perfection
If you watched the Oscars, then you know that nudes and blushes are very in. This color doesn’t have to be scary and it won’t wash you out if you choose your pieces wisely. The key is to look for dresses or tops with embellishment – something that the eye gravitates to and adds interest to the soft tone. ASOS’ lightweight tunic dress is a great example – it’s embellished with metallic sequins and has an unexpected cut-out back ($102.56 at asos.com). Take inspiration from Erin Fetherston’s 2010 Spring collection, which showed looks in pink champagne, cherry blossom and raspberry pink. When it comes to accessorizing, stick with a simple “ballet” palette and offset the nudes with white, black or navy.

Bold & Punchy
Nothing says spring like a deliberate dose of bright color. This year’s brights go by the lovely names of “rich berry”, “crocus”, “indigo blue” “pink poppy” and other delicious sounding descriptors. Laila Azhar’s One Shoulder Dress ($395 at shopbop.com) in a fresh coral shade is perfect for the season, as is Trina Turk’s “Etiquette” dress in a very sunny yellow ($248 at nordstrom.com). Take a cue from Shopbop’s styling and pair bold brights with neutral accessories like camel heels and sand hued handbags.

Khaki Neutral
Among all the color that graced the runways was a subtle re-emergence of earthy tones that either went the way of military and safari inspired khaki or leaned more toward tribal with deep purples and warm browns. I like Kenzo’s nod to the Sahara which paired a gold embellished dress with an unbuttoned tan linen shirt. The key is adding that little extra something to keep the look from being desert drab. If you want to spice things up a little, try an ethnic-inspired print like a print tunic dress by Kas Designs ($99 at edressme.com). Have fun with this style – you can layer prints, pile on beaded jewelry and play around with funky footwear like gladiator sandals or heels with fringe.

1. Asos Petite Exclusive Embellished Front Dress $102.56
2. Erin Fetherston Spring 2010 Ready-To-Wear
3. Laila Azhar One Shoulder Cascade Dress $395
4. Trina Turk ‘Etiquette’ Dress $248
5. Kenzo Spring 2010 Ready-To-Wear
6. KAS Designs Tribal Print Tunics $99

Image Layout: Tiffany Carlin

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