Pantone Colors Spring Summer 2019

The Warms Have It!

Happy day, reader dearest!

If you (like me) are in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be experiencing the winter greys… It’s that time of year when, even if your temperatures aren’t cold, all the color seems to have drained out of the landscape and the sky. There’s a good reason skies are termed “leaden!” At writing, we have had a stretch of grey, grey days, and so it’s time to add a little color back to the world! In the form of a chat about the Pantone Spring/Summer 2019 Color Trend Report… This is not new news, the report came out back in September, but since most of us aren’t retailers planning two seasons ahead, I waited until now to get to the subject.

So who cares what Pantone predicts? Well, retailers and fabric manufacturers do. And as consumers, it’s always helpful to know what will be showing up in the stores. Shopping is always less frustrating when you are prepared, and it looks like we cool complexioned lovelies may struggle to find lots of color choice this coming spring and summer. Don’t get me wrong, there is always retail lag; there will still be lots of last year’s purples and lavenders around. That will help, but this trend report is all about the warms! (And tons of colors we associate with fall.) If you need more information about what I mean by cool and warm colors, here’s a post to help, all about undertone and overtone!

Warm Colors

I’m not kidding when I say the palette in this trend report is predominantly warm, I am not kidding! No surprise to you if you are a runway watcher. The Spring/Summer 2019 shows were heavy on sunset colors, like you see in the top row of the image above, frequently blended with shades in the same family. Now unlike orange, which is always warm, greens and other colors can have a warm undertone, or cool. This year’s greens are definitely warm. Think palms and warm weather vegetation, rather than cool spruce and fir.

You could easily build a capsule wardrobe using all these warm colors. There are four neutrals here, Toffee, Terrarium Moss, Soybean, and Sweet Corn. Any two would be great to use as a capsule base, accenting with the other brighter interest colors, adding Sweet Corn as your white. I’d love to see Toffee, Terrarium Moss, Living Coral, touches of Mango Mojito, and Sweet Corn. Add a pile of brass (or gold) jewelry, some citrine gems, and there’s gorgeous for you!

Cool Colors

The math here for the cool complexioned is pretty simple. Sixteen colors total less ten colors with warm undertones leaves us with only six colors in the trend report with cool undertones. We don’t even have a white! Fortunately, the six are all relatively classic colors. (Classic as in lasting the seasons, not Classic personality!) The surprise here is a cool brown. These are hard to find, so brown lovers, rejoice!

These, too, would make a great basis for a capsule, although one with far fewer choices. Let’s build the base with the two neutrals, Brown Granite and Eclipse; any of the other four make great accents. I need to add white/soft white as another neutral, to create balance for high and low value contrast dressers. If you want a nautical vibe capsule, pull together Eclipse, Jester Red, Princess Blue and White. Make sure to add a big canvas tote! I might try building one on Brown Granite, Eclipse, Pink Peacock, Sweet Lilac and a soft white; add some pewter and silver. Presto! Coordinated wardrobe. (If capsule wardrobes scare you because the ones you see on Pinterest look very black/white/grey/denim, take a peek here!)

The biggest challenge I see with both of Pantone’s warm and cool selections is that the majority of these colors are very intense (bright or dark) which is not the most flattering for those of us with light, softer or more muted complexions, but manufacturers will be making many shades and tints of these colors, so we should find more variety in the shops. For the turquoise/teal and purple lovers out there, this is a rough trend forecast, with nothing in your wheelhouse, but there will still be some to be found…

So how about you? What colors are best on you? Warm or cool colors? Which do you like best? Do Pantone’s warm shades seem out of character for Spring/Summer to you, or like sunshine and tropical cocktails? Do let me know your thoughts in the comments below… I love to hear from you!

Stylishly yours,

Many thanks to Gail at Is This Mutton? for hosting her #wowonwednesday Link-Up! And to Cherie at Style Nudge for her Shoe and Tell Link-Up… Because you know how I feel about a good pair of shoes!


  • Angie

    Hi, Liz
    This is a very insightful Pantone color post. I’m with you about waiting until spring to get use out of the colors of the season. 😉 I have a warm complexion, so it’s good to know exactly which colors are cool so I steer away from them! Springtime is normally when those of us with spring coloring can usually find our colors anyway, so these are expected. But they are very bright this time, and can be too bright for some spring-toned ladies.
    Thanks for your color insights,

    • closetplayadmin

      You are right, Angie. There is a LOT of bright out there this spring! And lots of deeper colors than we usually associate with spring… Fortunately there are oodles of shades of coral out there for you warm complexioned lovelies. Thanks for the visit! It’s good to see you!

  • ratnamurti

    Gosh, I had no idea that the retailers follow the pantone colours. So interesting. For some reason fuschia seems to be the colour that I use the most, including lipstick. With black. Gotta get me some silver grey garments to offset the black…….

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for visiting! You will always find other colors out there, but when a color is “hot” and it’s one you like and it works for you, it’s a good season to stock up!

  • jodie filogomo

    I’m a warm color girl. And they aren’t always easy to find in the winter, so it’s nice to see that maybe it’ll be easier soon!!
    That’s one of the reasons I love thrifting…you can find other colors than just what’s in style!!

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for visiting, Jodie! I’ll be doing a lot of thrifting this coming season, since I’m a cool, and it looks pretty sparse out there for us…

  • Juhlin

    I’m hoping they mute the warm colors in lots of items! I need a mostly new Spring and Summer wardrobe so will be delighted with the more muted versions of these!

    • closetplayadmin

      Thank you for visiting, Juhli! I bet you’ll find all varieties of warm colors, bright, muted, dark, light. I think it really depends on the manufacturer and their vibe,, for example: JJill and Garnet Hill tend to more muted colors, Land’s End to more bright. It’s just a matter of finding “your” store.

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