Don’t you just love fresh colors at the start of a new season? Pantone has been busy updating its Autumn/Winter 2022-2023 colors, and they were on full display during New York’s Fashion Week. Let’s look at how to incorporate some of the freshest colors available into your wardrobe.
Pantone is the authority on color, and this autumn and winter they have chosen some great options for us for everything from women’s sweaters to blouses, pants, skirts, and more. The palette includes luscious brights with names including “Lava Falls," “Samoan Sun," “Orange Tiger," “Rose Violet" and “Amazon." The gorgeous core classics they have chosen include “Arctic Wolf," “Autumn Blonde," “Polar Night," “Loden Frost," and “Chiseled Stone." Colors for Autumn/Winter 2022/2023 contrast our competing desires for calm and comfort with energy-boosting vitality through a range of restful and restorative colors, in tandem with exuberant tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.
Playing with color is fun! Check out the Pantone website for information about how they became the authority on color for both fashion and business. Another fun way to play with color is seasonal color analysis. By learning the colors of the “season” and the year, you're guided toward hues that work with your skin tone, eye color, and hair color to make you look and feel fantastic. Once you have the basics down, you can explore new Pantone seasons of color opportunities and curate your wardrobe to meet your needs and preferences.
Start with the basics. If you make sure that you have wardrobe staples like dress pants, skirts, jeans, and classic tops in neutral colors that look great on you and fit well, you’re on your way to looking and feeling great every day. What neutral colors work best with your skin tone and eye color? Black is a great choice, but not everyone looks great in black. If you're a “winter," chances are you will look fabulous in black. If you're a “summer," perhaps a midnight blue will work better as your “black," Polar night is a unique color and the darkest of blues. Chances are you will want to check it out. If you're an “autumn” and look great in colors with yellow undertones, autumn blonde or loden frost may make you look fabulous.
Whatever colors you choose, make sure that your wardrobe includes basic pants and skirts in dark neutrals and some tops in both light and dark neutrals. One garment no woman’s closet should be without is a women’s white blouse. You can dress it up, dress it down, layer it, or wear it solo with almost anything.
Bright colors can make such a fun pop for autumn and winter! Check out Pantone’s bright colors online and see which ones will look great with your skin tone and eye color. Perhaps you're a “summer” and know that most hot pinks look great on you. Why not consider a new cardigan or women’s blouse in rose violet? You can update your wardrobe while continuing to look great—and if rose violet looks fabulous on you, you’ll want to keep it as a pop color for years to come. Do colors with yellow undertones work better for you? Maybe orange tiger will be your new autumn pop color!
While you’re choosing your new bright colors, also do an autumn to winter wardrobe inventory. It’s a great idea to try on each autumn or winter garment that you haven’t worn since last year. Does it still fit? Does it need alterations? Has your taste outgrown a given garment? You’ll want to make sure that the clothes hanging in your closet are the ones that work for you and make you look great now. If there are clothes that don’t fit now that you would like to save for later, take them out of circulation by putting them in storage or moving them to the back of your closet. You'll want to see the lovely array of current clothes when you get dressed.
There are some beautiful soft shades in Pantone’s Autumn/Winter 2022 palette, too. Nosegay is the prettiest of pinks, and waterspout is a gorgeous hue, almost a robin’s egg blue. These can make lovely pastel pop colors perhaps as cashmere sweaters paired with black dress pants or a skirt. If any of the soft colors look especially great on you, be sure to buy them this season while they will be plentiful in stores. That way you can wear them this year and next, too.
Have a colorful and cozy autumn and winter!