Stylish, Trendy and Color-Savvy


Does the Pantone Color Forecast for 2016 help or confuse you in planning your wardrobe for 2016?


Spring 2016


Pantone Colors for the Year 2016

rose serenity

Volumes will be written on the significance and psychology of color, and how will these colors help in expressing yourself, or building your mood for the day. What you really need to know is

  • What to buy ?
  • What to discard ?
  • Which colors from your existing wardrobe continue to be in fashion ?

And the buying behaviour is exactly what the trend and fashion forecasters are trying to manipulate. They cannot ask all the people about their preferences, and maintain inventories of all colors to suit all tastes. Forecasting is based on market research (demographics, taste, lifestyles) and fashion cycles of the past. Trends do get repeated in a couple of years. It creates trends, sets expectations for the season and influences buying behaviour for the consumer. It helps the manufacturers and traders to plan their business. Color codes remind that all the ethereal, ephemeral, mysterious … whatever colors are ultimately factory goods, and need standardization.

Does that intimidate you, or increase your options ? Your imagination  need not get straitjacketed by the two Pantone Colors for 2016 – Rose Quartz and Serenity.

The best color in the world is that which looks good on you –Coco Chanel.

The colors for the season are many more ( Fall/Winter 2015-16 and Spring 2016– refer pics at the outset), and will practically encompass all the garments in your wardrobe. The wardrobe neutrals help you in creating wearable outfits. The forecast just gives you an indication of what to expect in the stores in 2016.

For the first time, Pantone has chosen two colors as the 2016 flagship colors. These muted shades are a departure from the bright stand-alone Marsala, Radiant Orchid and Emerald Greens of the past. These two colors are easily blendable with other colors in your wardrobe, and represent both warm and cool, male and female elements.  Makes life easier for all concerned.

Creation of color scales is a laborious process, but can help you in creating the combinations that bring out the best in you.  See details on the following weblink.

blue pink combinations


Style is not about being fashionable or trendy.  It expresses your individuality. It is a way to say who you are, without having to speak.

How do you wear these colors without getting repetitive,  avoid dated looks and yet remain true to your individuality ?  Focus on the following elements in an outfit, other than the color.

  1. Texture

Different textures can lend a different feel to the same color, and express your mood and personality.

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2. Patterns

The pattern can represent your mood, personality, the need of the occasion and yet be in the same color. They all look different, and lend variety to your looks.

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3. Combinations

Observe the pictures closely to see how the same color either advances or receded, depending on what is it combined with.

“Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this? no. Just as one can never learn how to paint.”
― Pablo Picasso

4. Personal Color

This impacts the choice in clothes, makeup and nail colors. The latest trends may not look good on you. See how the impact of the color changes with the skin color of the user.

In case of doubt, push the color a little away from the skin, as on nail tips instead of nail beds. Two-toned or ombre looks can be created on clothes, nails and lips, to achieve the purpose.

Be prepared for these colors to invade the cosmetics market, and to see them in your holiday gift bags. Learn how to use them to your best advantage. Feel free to mix shades and create different looks.  Combine with sheer nail paints and lip glosses to make the color look different. Experiment with textures and effects, to balance the total look.

You need to shine in a finished look, not the colors.

5. Gentlemen beyond black

Guys can incorporate these colors in the wardrobe , wherever possible, without looking ridiculous. Occasion, profession, personal color , taste and style will all play a vital role.

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“How do you know, when you think blue — when you say blue — that you are talking about the same blue as anyone else?

You cannot get a grip on blue.

Blue is the sky, the sea, a god’s eye, a devil’s tail, a birth, a strangulation, a virgin’s cloak, a monkey’s ass. It’s a butterfly, a bird, a spicy joke, the saddest song, the brightest day.

Blue is sly, slick, it slides into the room sideways, a slippery trickster.

This is a story about the color blue, and like blue, there’s nothing true about it. Blue is beauty, not truth. ‘True blue’ is a ruse, a rhyme; it’s there, then it’s not. Blue is a deeply sneaky color.”
― Christopher MooreSacré Bleu: A Comedy d’Art


“You know the days when you get the mean reds?
Paul Varjak: The mean reds. You mean like the blues?
Holly Golightly: No. The blues are because you’re getting fat, and maybe it’s been raining too long. You’re just sad, that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid, and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”
― Truman CapoteBreakfast at Tiffany’s



  1. Thanks to Franci for giving it a wider circulation :). If you are okay with it, I will send you a questionnaire. Send the same to me filled up, along with a closeup and full length photograph of yourself. Would love to do a style consultation for you.


  2. Reena, Don’t know how I missed this but caught it on Brew and Spew! Its a good thing we are in the same stylish circles! Thanks Eugenia.. The Fiesta is a color I love, but its not my best color, so I use it to accent with vibrant accessories. I would love a pair of pumps in Fiesta!


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