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Colours to wear this summer

  • Published at 11:02 am April 16th, 2013
Colours to wear this summer

The international fashion fraternity will direct its collective eye on the other side of the colour spectrum; at least, that’s what Pantone, the global authority on colour, says in its survey.

In this summer, designers will overwhelmingly address the desire for self-expression, balance and the need to re-energise.  

The Times of India gives a head start into how to work these beautiful shades.

Poppy red

This is a seductive, sensual and celebratory shade. The 2013 Golden Globe red carpet was awash with poppy red floor-length gowns. Whether it’s a knockout dress or a lipstick, every woman’s wardrobe essentials should include it. For an ultra-feminine casual look, pair skinny jeans in this tone with a white chiffon blouse.

African violet

This floral statement colour brings a touch of intrigue, as purples often do, and can be incorporated into many unexpected combinations. Try pairing it with exuberant poppy red. A strapless pleated gown in this vibrant shade will light up any evening soiree.

Lemon zest

This cheerful hue brings out a piquant taste with its refreshing greenish cast. American popstar Hilary Duff and actress Jessica Alba are fans. The easiest way to wear this trend is through colourful printed T-shirts or fit-and-flare dresses.

Emerald

Trend forecasters have named this eclectic jewel tone the colour of 2013. It’s the goto colour for former actress Raveena Tandon. Emerald looks stunning on dresses - sexy and sculpted, side-draped, sequinned or lacy. Or tie your look together with an emerald green belt.

Linen

The colour linen is three shades lighter than beige and similar to blush. Try pairing it with greyed jade or dusk blue. To stand out at an important evening event, slide into a linen-coloured sleek, fluid gown in silk crepe and accessorise with a diamond bracelet and stilettos.

Tender shoots

Like the first signs of spring, tender shoots, a vibrant yellow-green, is invigorating, active and cheerful. To make a powerful statement, American designer Rachel Roy recommends a peplum, cap sleeve cropped jacket in the shade paired with different silhouettes - a silk chiffon dress or palazzo pants.

Nectarine

A bright, effervescent citrus orange with coral undertones, this shade provides a tangy burst of flavour to a look. This orange suits the Indian skin tone as well. It's bright but still has a softness to it. Look for lacy blouses in this juicy tint to add colour to your wardrobe in an unexpected way.

Monaco blue

Blue tonal colours look great on almost all skin tones. Actress Sonakshi Sinha swears by this colour. Designer Tommy Hilfiger has declared a red-and-Monaco blue nautical print A-line silk dress as the perfect summer wardrobe staple. Combine the colour with emerald for a fresh collegiate look.