If the last time you saw pastel pink paired with pastel blue was at a baby shower, get ready for this. Both of these soft, dreamy shades have been co-named Pantone’s color of the year.
This spring we’re going to be seeing a lot of this gentle combo, officially known as Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue.
WHY PASTELS NOW?
What’s the reason for new softer shades? Leatrice Eiseman, Pantone Color Institute’s executive director, says, “With our hectic lives and the frenzy around us, there is an increasing demand for tranquility.” That’s exactly what these colors deliver.
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WHAT ARE THE TOP PASTEL SHADES?
Rose quartz is a pale, sweet pink, but it is far from sappy. Serenity Blue is a calming, quiet blue that is gentle and grounding. Together they produce a soothing effect and offer an escape from the chaos of today’s hectic world. “Wearing both of these hues at once is like returning to the weightlessness of your youth,” says Eiseman. “The combination of a cool and a warm color brings a sense of balance.”
WILL PASTELS MAKE YOU LOOK OLD?
Pastels are typically seen as colors that can make you look weak and fragile. This is especially true if you are on the other side of 40, 50 or more. Pale shades can make you look you are one of the Golden Girls, or that you are headed to the senior’s home.
But this popular new color combo just goes to show, that as color trends change, so do the attitudes towards those colors. What were once seen as weak, dated shades are now poised to be a very fashion forward duo.
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DO PASTELS SUIT YOU?
I love brights, but this is a nice change. It’s good to feel you have some choice for those days when you want to feel softer or more feminine. A blue like this is very flattering for everyone, and the pink adds a soft blush to mature skin, which can often become quite pale. This pink makes the skin radiate.
I also like the other new shades that are being combined with Rose Quart and Serenity Blue. Limpet Shell, a light blue color with a quiet green twinge, has popped up. It’s so fresh and pretty. Lilac Gray is new too. It has a touch of purple and is the perfect neutral anchor for these lovely pastels. A soft orange called Peach echo is also climbing in popularity.
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HOW TO WEAR PASTELS OVER 40, 50 AND MORE
I’ve given you a few examples of how to wear these new pastels in real life and not look old. It’s only February, but you can start incorporating them slowly into your wardrobe now. Favorite combos include any of these pastels worn with white or cream. These look great if you live down south, or are going on a sun holiday.
You can also wear these shades with gray. Navy looks sharp too, so try these pastels with your jeans if you are up living up North, and white or cream pants feel too premature. Of course, black goes with everything and adds an edge.
Let me know what you think of Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue -Pantone’s Top Colors for Spring. Wimpy or Wonderful? Now take a look at this sunset and breathe…..ahhhh!