It was Coco Chanel who proclaimed “The best color in the whole world is the one that looks good on you.” Finding your perfect shade—that’s up to you. Designers big and small can definitely lend a hand by showcasing some of the latest color-based fashion trends, patterns, and styles for the season. Why stick with basic black when you can brighten up with sumptuous shades of blush and interesting patterns? This season’s trends range from flattering color blocking to daring animal prints. Find the one that looks best on you, and you’ll make Coco proud.
There’s a reason that bold blocks of color have stood the test of time in the world of fashion trends. From the mod ’60s to the chic 2000s, slimming panels of color can create a more svelte shape and give you the pop of color you crave. Try a blocked dress with panels of black running vertically down your sides, or dare to wear bright jewel tones when they’re tempered with a neutral. Not sure it’s a trend you love? Try it in a shoe, like the Finely Colorblock Leather Sandal from Michael Kors.
When you think of spring, floral patterns probably pop into your mind, but this year’s incarnation of the seasonal favorite is a little darker than in years past. Graphic floral prints laid over a dark background are surprisingly wearable, and a great transition piece to take you from tights and boots in the winter to bare legs and strappy shoes in the spring. This Carmen Marc Valvo Sleeveless Floral-Print Cocktail Dress is a stunning example.
Just a Little Blush
Aside from the tranquil blue hue named Serenity, Pantone’s other joint Color of the Year winner for 2016 is Rose Quartz—a flirty, flattering shade of blush (search it on Beyond the Rack for some deals that will tickle you pink). It’s a bright nude tone that looks demure and sweet, but can be dressed up with texture and color for a personal touch. When looking for blush tops, remember that the shade of your skin dictates which tint looks best on you. If you’re olive- or warm-toned, go for a light pink with gold undertones. If you’re more cool-toned, a true pink with blue undertones will look great against your face. Blush accessories work perfectly when paired with light neutrals like khaki and ivory. Try a blush watch, or nab a ladylike pink satchel.
Animal prints are bold and can add both texture and interest to an otherwise simple outfit, so be happy to see them as a trending topic for 2016. Since animal prints can be overwhelming, small doses are best. Go for subtle with the MARC by Marc Jacobs Painted Leopard Skinny Scarf, or pick up a pair of tights with an understated pattern. Think beyond leopard, too: snake, zebra, and giraffe prints are all hot this year.
With the arrival of a new year comes new fashion trends. Don’t replace your entire closet, however. Adding just a few key color blocking or bold pieces can make a world of difference. Now you’re ready to meet 2016—dressed to the nines, natch.