Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Wear It Twice: Pantone Spring 2013

This year’s collection of spring fashion colors by Pantone is a very bead-friendly palette, including the lovely Emerald color of the year. Each hue in the Spring 2013 lineup is fresh and exciting, with lots of bold warm colors, and soft cools. I’m particularly fond of Tender Shoots - a crisp lime green - and this year’s Nectarine orange is much more wearable than Tangerine Tango.

To help inspire some trendy designs for the new year, I put together some collages of necklace and bracelet picks with coordinating outfits for day and evening. It was tough to decide which of the ten colors to drop, and how to mix and match the remaining nine into perfectly harmonious trios.

Pantone Spring 2013 Fashion Colors


I started with Monaco Blue, Poppy Red, and this year’s neutral - Linen. It’s a wonderfully peachy nude that has just the right amount of warmth, and would have looked great with any of the other picks. I chose the two boldest colors for this trio to leave room for the more tropical colors, and ended up with a fun nautical theme. Round beads, buttons, and bangles bring everything together with plenty of curves.

Sailing to Monaco



I can’t resist a fruity palette, so Tender Shoots, African Violet, and Nectarine seemed like the perfect trio. This collage is all about frilly texture softness, and plentiful bunches. I fell in love with the chunky faux-shell necklace at first sight, and paired it with lots of lacy fabrics and seed shapes.

Sweet Spring Bounty



Finally, Emerald takes center stage with some geometric and tribal shapes. Dusk Blue and Lemon Zest bring lots of tropical flavor, perfect for an early spring getaway. Grayed Jade was the only color that didn't make an appearance, although it is a lovely muted green that deserves a lot of attention this year. I'll be sure not to neglect it at bead trio time!

Tropical Tart


Which Spring 2013 color is your favorite?

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