Pantone's New It Colors Have Happiness-Boosting Powers


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Since Pantone is the color-trend authority, we take the team's biannual reports as gospel. Today, Pantone Color Institute released its color trend report ahead of New York Fashion Week, highlighting the colors that will be dominant in the S/S 19 collections, which will, as a result, dictate the color trends for spring. You may be just starting to think of fall, but something to keep in mind is that as soon as the collections for the next season are shown, the fashion crowd starts wearing the new color trends before anything else.

For S/S 19, empowering, joyful colors compose the lineup of 12 trends, and just looking at them will make you happy. WWD reports that the leading five colors are powerful, attention-grabbing shades of red, orange, and pink.

"From a psychological standpoint, when you look at what the colors mean, the hotter colors particularly in the red family are all about empowerment," says Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman. "That's a word that has gotten some play that is really going to show itself in the spring collections. Confident, uplifting, joyful hues, but the undercurrent is empowerment to all of them."

Rounding out the 12 colors are a green, yellow, and cobalt blue described as "a way to have fun," plus a few spring-friendly neutrals. See all of Pantone's new trending colors in the report, and shop cool pieces in the happiest, most uplifting colors of the bunch below.

Living Coral

Pepper Stem

Pink Peacock


Princess Blue

Aspen Gold

Jester Red


Next up: the best colors to wear if you want to look younger.

Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.