Thursday, January 10, 2013

Capsule Wardrobe 2013 Accent: Nectarine, in a warm palette

Someone asked "Why all the focus on Pantone colors?"

Well, for no reason that I understand, Pantone is the organization making color "recommendations" twice a year which seem to be heeded by a wide variety of businesses. Housewares, bedding, clothing - all sorts of things will be manufactured in these colors in the next 2 years.

From our perspective, if one of these colors is a favorite, this is the time to start looking for it to appear in stores!

Sweater – Malene Birger, cardigan – Designers Remix, tee shirt – Proenza Schouler, ballet flats – Stuart Weitzman 

Top row – L.L.Bean, cream shirt – Kitsune, peach blouse – Chloe, cardigan & v-neck sweater – L.L.Bean, brown long-sleeved tee – La Garconne, tan pants – Jil Sander, cream jeans – Les Copains, brown pants – Maison Martin Margiela

Pantone Spring/Summer 2013

If you are interested in seeing more, you can find the latest Pantone Color Planner and other documents in the Planning Documents section of the website.


  1. Sadly, I am not to fond of the Pantone colors this year. Thankfully manufacturers are not taking a literal interpretation of Pantone Emerald. There are some lovely things popping up whose color mirrors that of a dark clear green emerald. I am loving seeing a few greens that are not yellow greens.

    Regardless of the colors used, these posts are excellent examples of the variety and impact of an accent color on the core of 12 wardrobes. I look forward to seeing what you include in your casual core of 12 for Summer. The items already there will work for all but the warmest climates in Spring.

  2. And time to start stashing items. Any of these cool, dusty, muted colors are perfect for my color palette, so I'm eager to see these hit the stores!

  3. I am not too crazy about these colours either, but since I've joined the no-shopping club, it makes no difference one way or the other. I do like the peach with the dark brown, though.

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