How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year 2017

Pantone's Color of the Year

Pantone announced its “Color of the Year” for 2017 in December, and the looks creative fashion lovers have come up with since then are amazing.

But who is Pantone?

And what, exactly, do they do?

Pantone is a color company that started in 1963 to help identify, match, and communicate color so the graphic arts community could accurately match colors.

Pantone's Sky Blue, color 0821-cMeaning that one person’s “Robin’s egg blue” might be another person’s “sky blue”, which lead to all sorts of confusion.

Pantone discovered that by assigning each color a specific number – such as Sky Blue 0821-c (at right) – it eliminated all the confusion. Each party knew exactly what color the other was referring to.

This standardized the way graphic artists spoke to each other and was so successful that it quickly spread to other industries, including fashion, architecture, and interior design.

Today, Pantone continues to match and categorize colors, but it also creates colors, does color forecasting, help brands come up with custom colors, and much more. If you’re in an industry that deals with colors, you’ve probably used Pantone. They’re the world’s color experts.

Here’s Pantone’s Color Report for Spring 2017:

Pantone Color Report Spring 2017

Pantone Color Report Spring 2017

These are the colors you’re going to start seeing in fashion, home décor, paint, etc., in the coming weeks – if you haven’t already.


Because people crave novelty.

They like new stuff.

So the fashion industry strives to meet those needs. So does Pantone.

So what’s the color of the year?

I’ll allow Pantone to tell you:

An usual choice, perhaps, and one you might think you’d never be able to match.

But Pantone has you covered. Here are some of their recommended combinations:

Pantone Moody Blooms Combinations

Pantone's Forest Floor Combinations

Check out their Pantone Color of the Year page for more ideas.


Psst – Need a cheat sheet for which colors go together? Grab my FREE Color Combinations Chart. You can print it off and put it in your closet for quick reference.

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Not Your Color?

Now you may be looking at this and thinking, “I can’t wear that color!”

But before you click away, scroll down and see how the fashion and home interior industries have incorporated it into some of their designs:

Pucci Spring 2017 Emilio Pucci Spring 2017
Courtesy of Vogue


Michael Kors Spring 2017

Michael Kors Spring 2017
Courtesy of Vogue

Eliza J. Striped Dress

Elija J. Striped Dress
Courtesy of

Social Lifestyle Magazine

Social Lifestyle Magazine

Green MakeupThe Real Style Network


Greenery Nail Polish

From Fashionisers

Diana Vreeland "Vivaciously Bold"

Diana Vreeland
Vivaciously Bold
From Fragrantica

Peacock Chair

Peacock Chair
Hive Modern


Greenery BathroomThe English Room Green Bathroom


Greenery Kitchen Tile

Kitchen Tile
Better Homes & Gardens

Living Room

Elle Magazine

Interesting, ideas, huh?

Which brings me to…

Wearing the Color of the Year

So now that you’ve seen what others have done with this color and palette, what can you do?

Here are some ideas:

Purple with greenery color of the year
Pink with greenery color of the year


Slade blue with greenery color of the year
No, I didn’t initially plan to go with the animal themed bags on these.  I just saw them and thought they were cute…. 😉

So what’s the bottom line?

Even if this particular shade of green doesn’t look great next to your face, you can wear it elsewhere in your ensemble. It’s fun, easy, and right on trend.

Do you have to incorporate this color in your wardrobe?

Of course not!

I’m just letting you know what’s in fashion so you can make an informed decision.

Most people will say, “Oh, that’s not a great color,” and blow it off.

But when you see it combined with different colors in different ways, it sparks your creativity. It expands your frame of reference.

So play with Pantone’s Color of the Year – if you dare!

You’ll be right on trend.

Still need more help determining which colors go together?  Just grab a copy of my FREE Color Combinations Chart. It will help you combine colors like a pro in no time!

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