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Best Tips to Coordinate Spring/Summer 2020 "16" Fashion Colors copy – Gardina

Best Tips to Coordinate Spring/Summer 2020 "16" Fashion Colors copy

For the past 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute has come to the rescue of the fashion-challenged to pick the most epic colors for the year. For many of us, this helps to take some of the guesswork out of choosing trending pieces to add to our wardrobe (like heavenly Dolce & Gabbana bags and a new dress to match!).

But then there’s the matter of choosing how to coordinate those colors to add impact to every outfit.

Life’s too short to be black and white — here are the colors that are trending in 2020 and how you can put them to work in your wardrobe.

Trending Now: Spring/Summer NYFW Palettes

For 2020, Pantone chose Classic Blue as the Color of the Year, a nod to the Cerulean Blue that became the very first Color of the Year in 2000. The remaining 11 colors also pay tribute to easy tones that convey a sense of familiarity.

The full lineup of this year’s Pantone color palette includes:  



will power and confidence exudes from bright scarlet

Flame Scarlet – - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

add the aroma of brillianceSaffron – - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

evoke the vast evening sky to limitless possibility

Classic Blue – - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors


aqua shade evokes fresh cleansing waters

Biscay Green - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

herbal greens are health and healing

Chive - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

vibe comfortable, dependable easy-going faded denim

Faded Denim - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors


a tasty tang of sunshine

Orange Peel - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

 feel the everflowing depths of mystery and  graceMosaic Blue - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

 light your presence with cheer, happiness, and smiles

Sunlight - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors


coral wraps with warmth and pink embrace

Coral Pink - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

sweet yet spicy, warm earthy Cinnamon Stick

Cinnamon Stick - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

mellow purple and mystery twine into Grape Compote

Grape Compote - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors

    This year’s theme centers around creativity and spontaneity, offering vibrant updates to familiar hues that are optimistic, inspiring, and energizing.

    In addition, Pantone also released four classic colors that complement the 12 seasonal core shades. They are: 


    relaxed, low-key versatile khaki

    Lark - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors


    be calm and confident deep navy blue

    Navy blazer - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors  


    simple is pristine and powerful

    Brilliant white - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors 



    the gray shade is timeless and flexible

    Ash - - NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 Pantone Colors


    Typically, pairing a seasonal color with a classic hue offers a striking contrast, provided they’re not in the same color family (e.g. lark and sunlight wouldn’t be a good match because they both contain dominant yellow hues).

    How to Coordinate Colors Year-Round

    Whether you’re stocking up on this year’s Pantone colors[1] or still trying to get the most from last year’s wardrobe, the color wheel becomes your best friend when coordinating fashion colors.

    The color wheel is made up of primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) and secondary colors (green, purple, and orange). Secondary colors are formed by mixing primary colors. When primary and secondary colors are mixed, they create tertiary colors. The result is a wheel of colors that make it easy to see what coordinates well with another.

    Color Wheel

    Use Color Wheel to Coordinate Pantone Colors -

    To find complementary colors, select a color on the wheel and look at the color directly opposite. In the example color wheel, the blue family is directly across from the orange family.

    Alternatively, you can look for analogous colors — shades that are next to each other on the color wheel. For example, orange fades into yellow, forming an orange/yellow tertiary color which could pair perfectly with a blue hue on the opposite side of the color wheel.

    If you’re looking to incorporate some of this year’s Pantone colors, consider using shading and tinting to inform your choices. This simply means finding coordinating colors on the color wheel and making one or both lighter or darker.

    Shop the Latest Fashions with!

    Pantone’s colors of the year will be all over the runways at New York Fashion Week, and there’s no better example to follow when it comes to trending styles, colors, and all things fashion.

    You’ll also find the latest colors and styles in our hand-curated collections at -  from Dolce & Gabbana bags to Prada to Versace and more! Check out our latest additions and wear them with confidence!



    [1] would like to extend our sincere thanks to for giving us permission to use their NYFW Pantone NYFW Color Palettes in our blogs.