Brace yourself, vivid season is on it’s way!
Spring/summer 2020 is filled with warm shades of reds and oranges, meantime calmed down by blue hues and muted neutrals. Each of these is memorable on its own way.
Flame Scarlet is the more subdued red shade that complements most skin tones beautifully and exudes confidence without being loud.
According to Pantone, this super-bright red symbolizes “confidence and determination,” which is appropriate, considering its appearance on sharp suiting and show-stopping gowns.
Saffron is an amber-yellow shade named after one of the most expensive spices. It is an appetizing color that is extremely flattering on darker skin tones. It is warm and vivacious but never loud – a perfect shade for summer.
This particular shade of yellow is a touch more golden than mustard, but still universally chic, as evidenced by iterations of it on cinched dresses and covered in micro dots.
Classic Blue is a deeper and more saturated true blue, like a sapphire gemstone, with a similar level of elegance.
“Vast as the open sky” is how Pantone described this shade of semi-dark shade of blue—arguably the most sartorial versatile of all 12 colors.
This green-heavy aqua color is very lively and cheerful, but it’s not frenetic the way the warm summer 2020 color trends are. It showed up in a wide range of collections, in every category and for every formality level imaginable.
It’s all in the name: This minty green hue, named after the bay in Spain, is ultra-covetable on leather trenches, chiffon gowns, and sequined body-con numbers.
Though it is much darker than its namesake, Chive is a deep, warm shade that is just a hair darker than an army green, but just as fierce.
Militarism wasn’t as big for spring as it had been in winter and autumn, so the examples of Chive were actually very streetwear-inspired.
Representing a “healthy and restorative harmony,” this dark green is sleek, polished, and a bit utilitarian.
One of the more subdued of the summer 2020 color trends was Faded Denim, a gentle blue shade that is calming and easy on the eyes, to counter all of the extreme brights and vivids.
Exactly like a pair of trusty blue jeans, this shade represents comfort and ease, especially when seen on a buttery leather trench coat or a draped dress.
Orange might be a winter fruit, but the color itself is all summer sunshine and brightness. Orange Peel is the brighter orange of the summer 2020 colors, so it has a lot of yellow tones in it, and it seems like the perfect shade for fun daytime separates and summer dresses.
This orange isn’t as loud or blinding as a neon, but tangy, nonetheless—and especially good with a touch of turquoise.
Mosaic Blue is a vivid and bright color that reminds us of the sky on the clearest, hottest days. This makes it a unique tone that isn’t quite as cooling as other blue shades.
This teal blue emits “mystique, grace, and depth of feeling,” according to Pantone.
Delicate and soft, Sunlight is one of the few more subdued spring/ summer 2020 color trends. This lovely creamy yellow shade is a great choice for the hot seasons, because it fits into the warm color palette but also has a soothing effect.
Evoking “happiness” and “pleasant cheer,” this sunny, pale yellow is an easy and non-aggressive way to approach color.
This warm peachy-pink tone is sweet like a ripe, healthy fruit, and to us, it is a perfect fit for spring.
This color was also utilized in a way that was perfect for the season. Resplendent and voluminous dresses took up space while feeling airy, and Coral Pink skirt and blouse set made us long for a vacation in a sleepy beachside town.
Akin to millennial pink, this soft shade ran the gamut from sultry to polished to purely joyous.
Cinnamon might be the flavor of autumn, but this spicy color worked its way with ease into the spring 2020 color trends. It’s a brown tone that holds quite a bit of red in it, making it far too vivid to act as a neutral. It pairs best with shades like coral and blush.
This earthy, burnt-orange-like hue made the rounds at Valentino, Marc Jacobs, and more heavy-hitting shows.
Sweet but mellow, Grape Compote is a deep purple that is cooling and calming to examine. It’s an easy choice for elegant dresses, but designers also loved it for oversized suits this season.
This plummy hue is a combination of “mysterious” and “mellow” shades of purple, and looks especially chic in party dress form.