May 14, 2021
Just when it feels as if we’re NEVER going to wear warm weather clothes, and when all of my things start to look… too familiar… some new colors (ahem…) are introduced! Some fresh accessories could brighten up our cold-weather clothes as they finish their run, or could be all you need for warmer weather!
yes, there are THREE shades of blue in these 10 colors – I used these sandals more than once, because frankly I really like them! They look comfortable…
Great happiness – if you look good in yellow, GO FOR IT! The rest of us like it but don’t wear it to our best effect…
I love this next color – with navy it would be glorious, but against white, in hot weather, it would be great fun…
yes, I’ve included masks. Many of us don’t have to wear them as often as we were, but I suspect many of us are going to want to have them handy for the indefinite future. I’m surely going to wear one next winter, for warmth and for protection against colds and flu…
Why yes, this soft pink is screaming my name…
Wouldn’t these 5 pieces completely change the complexion of a strict black and white wardrobe?
A darker, slightly muted red – almost rust…
Seriously, isn’t this color just really REALLY DARK navy blue?
Denim! What a relaxing shade of blue this is… I picture this with grey linen…
Why yes, this mask reverses to a blush shade that’s perfect with the scarf; sometimes that just happens!
My wardrobe is in a distressing state of “neither fish nor fowl” right now – I’m still wearing sweaters and jeans, but I’m starting to iron and steam summer clothes.
What a mess! But having enough clothes means that accessories are my most fun option for the upcoming warm months…
p.s. Four years ago, I was in New York, and I noted that you really only need 4 pairs of shoes to live there – at least in May!
Rootbeer, Firewhirl, Pale Rosette and Leprechaun. Although it would be nice for a Pale Rosette with a grey and beige summer wardrobe, the other 3 feel like cold-weather colours to me, perfect for Autumn.
Adobe, Fire Whirl ( as long as it does not become too bright in saturation ) and Spring Lake and perhaps Mykonos Blue are the colors that would work for me. Even Root Beer is now too dark , though it is a warm color .
Sheila Harden says
Since there isn’t a purple, Leprechaun just shouts my name. Would look great to accent either my black or navy. I have a couple of green tops, and am trying to decide if I look good enough in it I should introduce more to my wardrobe :) BTW – Off topic, but as I was walking my dogs yesterday, i was thinking how happy I am you chose more affordable items for the six scarves this year – the ruana I already had, and the Mt. View scarf is just lovely. A few years ago I tried to follow one of the Hermes wardrobes, but of course couldn’t afford the actual scarf, so tried to “sub” one and it just never worked for me. I ended up abandoning the entire thing. Have a great weekend ladies.
Blue, blue, blue for me!
I would love a job giving names to colours. I just love the name ‘leprechaun’ for green and ‘root beer’ for brown.
We are into our first week of hot weather, so I don’t need anything new just yet, but I do love that blue scarf with the leopards on it. What a great accessory round-up!
Have you ever read/looked through the OPI nail varnish colours? I’m not sure you would have a clue what to expect from the name alone, but they are great fun.
Beth T says
Mykonos Blue, Spring Lake and Pale Rosette are my favourites but more for spring and summer. Pale Rosette looks beautiful with silver grey or light denim.
I’m pleased to see Root Beer as it has been a long time since proper brown was fashionable. So as my experiment for autumn is to add dark brown into my wardrobe, I hope to see this in the shops, particularly shoes and bags.
I am perplexed by Rhodonite as natural Rhodonite is a beautiful pink and grey stone. No blue at all.
I’m glad your look back has covered shoes – I probably have too many…. but I do wear them and they last a long time.
I’m puzzled why they named the dark Navy blue Rhodonite too!
That root beer color! I’m not drawn to browns, so I’m not likely to buy it, but it’s beautiful. I can’t wait to see it on friends who wear browns well. Nice to see real yellow… if only designers would drop that color which is halfway between yellow and orange and give us the real deal. And call it rhodonite or dark navy? Just bring it on!
Linda in Bluffton says
Love these colors from the world of Pantone! My favorites here are Mykonos Blue, Adobe, Fire Whirl, and Root Beer. I wear those all year and, especially, in fall. Illuminating is so optimistic (timely) … but not a good fit for me. I took a look online at all 20 of the colors in their “collection”. I really like Daylily (orange-infused yellow), Green Bee (bright green), Ibiza Blue (bright sky blue), Tomato Cream (just like the soup), and Winery (just like my favorite beverage) – they speak more closely to my palettes.
Thanks for the great post! Inspiring!
Linda in Bluffton says
sorry .. typo … 25 colors in the collection. Olive Green and Ultimate Grey are fabulous also!
Hi Linda, could you post a link, please? I’ve searched up hill and down dale but I can’t find the full collection! Thanks.
I found this list of Top 25 Fall Pantone Colors from NYFW and LFW
I’ve been patiently waiting for some years now for dark brown to come back around. I do hope clothing makers get on board with ‘Root Beer’.
Thank you for the accessory inspiration. I am feeling that same in-between blah, so this helps. Lots of nice colors! I am happily snapping up all the fuchsia and bubble gum pink (slightly deeper and cooler than the one pictured) I’m seeing right now. All the blues are great, as well as that Leprechaun. I actually really like Adobe as an accent to my black, navy, white and blues. It really goes with almost everything.
I agree that what Pantone is calling Adobe really does go with pretty much everything–they’ve just re-branded the classic color known as Cognac.
Sally in St Paul says
Any or all of these blue colors would fit well into my wardrobe. The Fire Whirl is lovely but mostly a “below the waist” color for me as I like it more than it likes me…coincidentally I am wearing a similar color of pants today (rust).
This weekend the warm weather clothes are coming out to play as we are expecting highs in the 70s up to 80 F next week! It’s funny, May 16 is the start of my sartorial “spring/summer” season (which is probably what I would have thought of as “spring” when I lived in the southern US), and it looks like the warmer weather is arriving right on schedule this year.
Your first paragraph captures my current mood exactly! London has been so grey lately. I feel like we’ve only had two days of real spring weather this year.
Pale Rosette is basically one of my favourite colours to wear (although of course it never existed until Pantone invented it). So pretty and suits me. Leprechaun and Mykonos blue definitely speak to me but I know they wouldn’t suit me. I shall fantasise about decorating in those colours instead!
Also a message for Shrebee – thanks so much for mentioning Imogen Lamport in the comments a couple of posts ago. I have been exploring her site and having a lovely time.
Liking the spring lake and mykonos blue colors the best, but also really like the scarves chosen for these palettes. Very rarely will I wear a scarf, however these smaller, less cumbersome versions might just be the ticket!
I think there is something for everyone here, and many of colour choices could work across the seasons.
Fuschia Fedora forever! Bright cool colours suit me best. And that bright blue in the scarf is so pretty.
Unfortunately I find it difficult to have a sophisticated wardrobe using brights – Mykonos Blue and Pale Rosette would be much easier to work with, if only they didn’t make my skin look like death warmed over :)
Beth T says
Who says that you can’t look sophisticated wearing bright colours? Remember that fashion mags are just trying to sell clothes.
Take your cue from brightly dressed and powerful women like Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi or even our 95 year old Queen who wears all the colours of the rainbow and looks amazing. Classic cut clothes and outfits in the colours that suit YOU will always look sophisticated,
stylish and ‘put together’. Go for it Marie. Wear Fuschia with Navy and look fantastic. I know because people have complimented me on that combination. We need more women to stand out from the crowd!
Illuminating ? post.
I would love a post on how to handle wearing scarves and eating. I can’t wear scarves at work, and any outing where I would wear a scarf seems invariably to involve food. I’m a bit busty which doesn’t help a bit. I have a couple of higher priced scarves that I’m practically afraid to wear. How does one deal with scarves and food?
Beth T says
It depends on how the scarf is tied. There are lots of little videos of scarf tying on Pinterest and YouTube which create a neat knot well out of the way of food. Failing that, I just take off the scarf during the meal and put it back on afterwards. I have the same concern with dangling necklaces.
Thank you ?
When food shows up, I swing my scarf around to the back so that it’s draped down my back; I saw a woman do this in Paris and I shamelessly imitate her!
For scarf tying, check with Mai Tai Picture Book – a beautiful French woman shows a million ways to tie scarves. She’s even got an app!
Ah ha! Swinging it around is a great idea. Sometimes I’m afraid if I remove my scarf it will catch on something in my purse or slither out of a coat sleeve without my noticing.
I have Mai Tai’s Scarf Art app and love it. Especially the diagrams of what parts of your scarf will show in each knot depending on how you fold it.
Linda P says
Hi Everyone! With the exception of the shade of illuminating yellow, I could wear all these colors.
Thank you for the inquiry about scarves and food, as I fear mine becoming a bib for wayward stains.
Yes! A bib is exactly what I picture in my mind when trying to work up the courage to wear a scarf.
I too am in limbo. It was so hot a couple of weeks ago that I got out all my summer wardrobe, pressed everything and hung everything on nice new wooden hangers. I got rid of things that didn’t fit well or looked shabby and sorted everything by colour. My closet is a thing of beauty.
Luckily, I kept a few warm things out when I packed the winter wardrobe away. Yesterday it snowed here in Calgary!
Isn’t that the way of it????