Many of you have mentioned that you’re struggling to find “your” colors this season. (Especially those who favor cool, bright colors.)
“I can’t find anything in ‘my’ colors…”
It’s not your imagination. I suspect that brands/retailers have decided to play it safe over the last few seasons. Scroll through page after page of many large retailers’ websites, and you’ll see a predominance of grays, black, and faded “non-color colors.”
While trends aren’t as clearly defined as they once were, I do find that colors in fashion are still very much cyclical. For the first several months after I had my color analysis, I was unable to find much of anything in my warm, bright palette. Everything on the racks seemed to be in cool, soft hues, or muddy earth tones. This season I’m finding a (slightly) better selection of warm, bright colors.
Style tip 👉 As not every color in your palette will be available every season, my advice is to stock up when your favorites are available. 😉
There are a lot of nuances to color theory, and different systems define color seasons differently. So to keep this from going too deep into the weeds, I’ll keep it simple and group by Cool or Warm. Cool colors are those with blue undertones; warm colors will have yellow undertones.
Where to find colorful clothes this season
First, I’d recommend checking out Kettlewell Colours for good quality basics in an amazing selection of colors. If you know your season you can shop and filter by season, or shop by a specific color. They are limited to standard sizes at this time. I also found their explainer on tonal analysis very helpful!
Below is a sampling of tops, jackets and sweaters from other brands in cool and warm colors. There’s much more in my COLOR SHOP…
What I’m mostly seeing available in cool colors this season are pinks (raspberry, fuchsia), violets (orchid, lilac), blues (cobalt, cadet or “French” blue), and the occasional cool, soft yellow.
A note: colors can look different on different monitors. In describing colors below, I’m going by how colors appear on my monitor.
Below are just a few examples. Style tip 👉 If you see a color you like, make a note of the color name, then search by brand and color name to find other styles in that color.
Lightweight jackets are one of my Spring (and Summer) wardrobe essentials. Here’s stretch linen blazer in a gorgeous bright rose hue.
Moving toward the softer side of the cool palette, mid-blues like this one are another versatile color choice, and pretty widely available. This (wool-free) cotton blend sweater is available Misses and Petite sizes, also in a pretty orchid shade. Here’s another style in a marled version of the same color, offered in Misses, Petite, Plus and Plus Petite.
I’m still seeing smatterings of emerald, teal and spruce greens. This brighter version of emerald doesn’t feel too heavy for Spring.
For those who prefer warmer shades, you’ll find lots of earthy tones (especially a brownish orange I call “adobe clay”), some peach, yellow, and a smattering of green.
Although this “terra cotta” almost falls into that “non-color color” category, I’m showing it to you because I find it’s a versatile shade that can play either a neutral or color, depending on what you pair it with. Available in sizes X-Small to 3X. (There’s also a Dark Terra Cotta, which is a nice redwood.)
Finally…can’t decide what color to wear? Why not wear them all? 🌈 This fun pineapple 🍍 print sweater is 100% cotton, sizes XS-XL.
What colors do you wear most often? Do you prefer brighter or softer colors?
(And if you favor neutrals, I’ll be working on a roundup soon!)