The Most Wearable Trend Colors This Spring

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We’ve all heard the expression “going green.”  This year it takes on a whole new meaning, given that “Greenery” (a.k.a. a variation of pea green) is the Pantone Color of the Year.  This is quite a big deal, given the selection process. You see, Pantone combs the world looking at every conceivable color influence. Everything from the entertainment industry to art to technology, as well as socio-economic and environmental conditions, is carefully considered so that the ‘chosen one’ reflects the world we are living in.  What’s more, its influence is far-reaching, across multiple industries such as accessories, apparel, beauty, interiors, paint, home goods, lighting and many more.

So while its selection in always significant, some years the color of the year isn’t the easiest one to wear.  This is one of those years. While very pretty, this particular shade of green has quite a bit of yellow to it.  When worn close to the face, it will make some of us look absolutely fab while it will make others of us look less-than-well.  (Notice my diplomacy here.) The good news is that each season Pantone gives us 10 colors to choose from.  So while this particular shade of green may not be your cup of tea, you’ve got 9 other hot hues to choose from.  Not sure what’s right for you? Read on for my take on the 5 most wearable colors of the season.

Island Paradise

Nothing gives a nod to warm weather like this shade of aqua blue.  Wear even a small accent of this color (even at your fingertips) and you get a sense of peace and tranquility. I love this color for a flowy blouse, summer-weight sweater or transitional pashmina.  If the color itself feels too ethereal, consider grounding it with your favorite black bottom or wearing it in a print.  This color offers a wonderful opportunity to embrace the feeling of spring, even if it’s still several weeks away.  (Blouse available at Banana Republic.)


This color may feel familiar to you, as a version of it probably lives in your closet.  This classic, medium “denim” blue hue is not only easy to wear and pair, it sends a message of ease and relaxation. Because this spring denim is hotter than ever, this color is easy to adopt. Whether you sport it in head-to-toe denim (an important trend this spring) or simply pair your structured blazer with a chambray shirt, this trend color will be one to wear long after the season is over.  Note: I love the idea of replacing a black or brown winter bag with this equally as useful, but more laid-back option. (Bag available at Shopbop.)



Who doesn’t love a great neutral?  It pairs effortlessly with any other color (even other neutrals) and provides a wonderful canvas to show off your most fabulous accessories.  This spring why not step away from black and embrace the season’s newest neutral? Think of Hazelnut as khaki 2.0.  (I’m not sure why we ever stepped away from Khaki, but it is back with a vengeance!) Look for Hazelnut pant options in slim to wide-leg silhouettes. And if you’re a fan of the shirt dress, you’re in luck as this season you’ll find some great Hazelnut options.  And let’s not forget the khaki (oops…I mean Hazelnut) trench that’s either already hanging in your closet or on your most wanted list! (Trench available at Bloomingdales.)


I know what I said earlier about green.  But Kale is actually closer to a military green and acts like a pseudo-neutral, meaning that there’s not a color that won’t work with it.  I’ve seen warmer and cooler versions on the selling floor, so you are sure to find a Kale color that flatters your skin tone. This season Kale has been rendered in everything from a casual bomber jacket to cargo pants to some fabulous accessories. And let’s not forget its appearance in many of this season’s playful camo prints. (Watch available at Nordstrom.)

Lapis Blue

Zippier than your typical navy blue but less understated than royal, this mid-tone blue may be just the infusion of color your wardrobe needs.  Inspired by the stone lapis lazuli, this shade of blue is luxe and lovely. If you are a less-is-more kind of gal, opt for it in a strand of beads or a classic carry-all.  But if this new blue is for you, consider this color for a blazer, blouse or dress.  Note: this spring hue has been spotted in some of the most spirited stripe prints of the season. (Dress available at Nordstrom.)

A change of seasons is always exciting, especially when we’ve got a new palette of colors to play with!  If you’re looking for more color inspo, check out my curated collection and my additional picks for some fabulous (and wearable)  pieces rendered in all of the season’s hottest color trends. Whether you opt for greenery or one of its on-trend color counterparts, here’s a colorful spring – outdoors, on the selling floor and in your closet~

Carol Davidson is a style strategist, life coach and fellow Tomato. She helps people better manage their lives, create fulfillment and develop a plan to love their look and their life. Her expertise has helped hundreds tackle their careers and personal lives with confidence and enthusiasm. To learn more about her wardrobe and life coaching services and how you can work with her virtually or in person, please reach out to her at For more shopping picks and lifestyle tips, please visit Carol on FB: Carol Davidson Life Style Strategy and follow her on Twitter @CarolDavidson.



  • Carol Davidson

    For over 15 years, Carol Davidson has helped women transform their appearance, wardrobe and self-esteem. Her style and life coaching advice has helped women tackle their careers and personal lives with confidence and enthusiasm. Clients have told Carol they look better and feel better about how they look and the life they lead. They move forward with greater ease and confidently show up for matters most. Carol is an educator at the Fashion Institute of Technology and has been quoted in countless media outlets including:,,, SmartMoney and Real Simple. While she calls NYC and South Florida “home,” her reach includes the Tri-State area and beyond. Her Skype consultations and easy-to-use, private, online closet, shopping and lookbook platform allow her to work with clients across the country and around the world. For more of Carol’s style picks and lifestyle tips, please visit her at: and like her on FB: CarolDavidsonLifeStyleStrategy. You can also find her on twitter @CarolDavidson.

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