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The Top 5 Hottest Colors for Spring 2011


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Although we’re not even a week into February, according to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is in fact just around the corner. Yes, despite the frigid weather and dreary skies, soon enough, warmer weather will be on its way.

If you’re still antsy about waiting for springtime, why not try out one of the season’s trendy colors now? This year, the colors just scream spring, so they’re sure to cure even the gloomiest of winter blues.

Here are the five colors you will be seeing everywhere this spring:

1. Pink


If you keep up with color trends, you’ll know that honeysuckle is 2011’s “it” color. The rich pink shade is both girly and sweet and works as a great base for many different looks. For example, you can pair the color with orange or yellow and wear multiple brights together or keep your look classic by pairing a pink top with denim or khakis. The possibilities are endless, so invest in a new pink item (or two!) for spring.

Try it out:

Pink Clothing and Accessories
Shorts, Converse, Lipstick, Blouse, Bracelet, Skirt

2. Bright Orange


As Caitlyn wrote in this week’s “Would You Wear?”, bright orange will also be a huge color trend this spring. This citrus-y hue is sure to make a bright and bold impact. Since it’s still so cold out, try this trend out with an accessory or even rock some orange nail polish. Once springtime hits, be sure to try orange on season-appropriate pieces like sundresses, sandals and bikinis.

Try it out:

Orange Clothing and Accessories
Cardigan, Necklace, Dress, Nail Polish, Pants, Wedges

3. Yellow


Is there any color out there cheerier than yellow? This spring, stores will be carrying a range of yellow-colored clothing and accessories, in shades ranging from deep marigolds to soft, buttery hues. Since yellow is one of the trickier shades to wear, be sure to find your perfect shade by using our easy, how-to guide.

Try it out:

Yellow Clothing and Accessories
Dress, Clutch, Skirt, Flats, Top, Earrings

4. Tropical Blue

Tropical Blue

If you just can’t wait for spring break, you can get the feeling of a tropical island by wearing an item in this gorgeous blue shade. Just like pink, blue is another versatile color that will translate into many different looks. Be sure to pair it with white to give off that ultimate springtime-y feel.

Try it out:

Blue Clothing and Accessories
Top, Bag, Bracelet, Sandals, Skirt, Dress

5. Lavender


If you want a change from all the bright springtime hues, muted lavender will also be a popular springtime shade worth trying. This dreamy and soft shade is a cross between purple and gray and adds a sophisticated vibe to any wardrobe. You could even use some lavender eyeshadow to spice up your basic smokey eye.

Try it out:

Lavender Clothing and Accessories
Dress, Pumps, Blouse, Tank Top, Eyeshadow, Scarf


What do you think of these hues? Which of spring’s hottest shades is your fave? Do you like to wear “trendy” colors? Be sure to leave a comment and let me know your thoughts!

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51 Responses to “The Top 5 Hottest Colors for Spring 2011”

  1. 1
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    These colors are right in line with Pantone’s color forcast for this spring. I actually just wrote a little entry about the -official- Pantone color of the 2011: Honey suckle!

    Spot on, CF!

  2. 2
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Great picks! I’m really digging the honeysuckle and tropical blue the most.

  3. 3
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:50 am

    Wow, I actually love all of them!

  4. 4
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    I love spring so much, and these colors are definitely spot-on!! :) I especially love honeysuckle – such a gorgeous shade of pink. :) Great post, Ashley!

  5. 5
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    YES I love yellow! The only colors I don’t have in my closet are orange and lavender. Might have to try those out.

  6. 6
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    I’m really glad not all of spring’s hottest colors are bright. I don’t wear bright colors and I don’t know what I would do if stores were only offering clothes in those bright hues.

  7. 7
    February 6th, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    I love every color here haha. Unfortunately, there’s still over 20 ft of snow outside my dorm, and spring seems so far away.

  8. 8
    February 6th, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    All of these colors are so pretty :) thanks, great post!

  9. 9
    February 6th, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    Ehh, I don’t buy into the whole “seasonal colors” thing. I think it’s more of a marketing device to get people to buy new clothes for each season. If I like a color, I like it- regardless of the weather outside. With that said, I do think adding some color to one’s wardrobe is great- provided its a color that compliments you and what you already own!

  10. 10
    February 6th, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    So many possibilities with these colors. Just what we need to bring in spring. I have to agree I love the honeysuckle!

  11. 11
    February 6th, 2011 at 3:35 pm

    This post has definitely made my excited for spring! I love almost all the colours, but I’m still a bit undecided about orange. I’ve never been a fan but I happen to have some orange nail polish – maybe I’ll have to try it out soon to get rid of those winter blues!

  12. 12
    February 6th, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    Yay yay yay! I really need spring already!

  13. 13
    February 6th, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    where do you get the colored squares. I’ve been seeing them used on blogs everywhere and i want to use them for my own blog. thanks

  14. 14
    February 6th, 2011 at 7:16 pm

    This is called the rainbow.
    And there’s nothing new about it..

    So let’s not act like this is too exclusive.
    Its seems like its just filler.

  15. 15
    February 6th, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    argh i really wish mint green would be back so theyd hit the stores and I could buy one. mint green is PERFECT for spring!

  16. 16
    February 6th, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Nyeasmina- I made the colored squares on Photoshop based on colors found on the Pantone website.

    Carolyn- I’m not sure what you’re talking about. We do a post every fall and spring about the season’s “it” colors, so it’s not filler! Also, the colors chosen are based off of the popular colors from the Spring 2011 runways, which just happen to be very rainbow-like :)

  17. 17
    February 6th, 2011 at 10:27 pm

    Hi fellow college fashioners,

    Frankly, I agree with Carolyn and Christine. But also, take into account that it is not at all collegefahion’s fault but the fault of the original sources from the designers who market these colours.

    If that didn’t really make sense :P, what I am trying to say that no offence, but it’s the SAME colours every single spring/summer except that they give them new names. “honey suckle” …

  18. 18
    February 6th, 2011 at 11:36 pm

    I kind of agree with what everybody is saying: I never payed particular attention to “season” colours but there are certain trends in the runways every season. I believe camel colour was very popular recently and these posts are a great way to make people think about adding new colours to their wardrobe.

    Today for the first time I dared to try coloured pants – they were red – unfortunately they weren’t exactly my size but otherwise I would have gotten them because I am feeling a little bit more brave. Thanks for all these posts :)

  19. 19
    February 7th, 2011 at 3:06 am

    Wow I love these colors. They’re all almost pastel neons. I love wearing bright clothes so I’m excited to try all of these.

  20. 20
    February 7th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

    orange is the new red..!

  21. 21
    February 7th, 2011 at 12:17 pm

    Oh, I am so disappointed, none of those really suits me.

    But I guess the other colors will be still avilable as well, so I shold find something for myself.

    I’ve checked one website some time ago: and I found first, second and last pretty inspiring, so yay spring anyway ;)

  22. 22
    February 7th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    I really like these colors, but since I have more of an Asian skin, they just won’t look right on me. Can you list some alternatives for those whose skin tone may not be the “normal” ones?

  23. 23
    February 8th, 2011 at 4:33 am

    Lavander is my favorite for spring, and looks so great on brunettes!

  24. 24
    February 8th, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    I love the pink! Can you do a post on color combinations? I would love to learn more about how you pick which colors go with which, particularly in reference to these “it” colors.

  25. 25
    February 10th, 2011 at 4:30 am

    Anyone know where I can find those converse in the pink section??? I did my research and can’t find them in that specific color. The ones I found were a light pink or just regular pink.

  26. 26
    February 17th, 2011 at 9:14 pm

    love this:) I’ve never been crazy about orange (it makes me feel traffic cone-y) but I might give it a shot now!

  27. 27
    February 20th, 2011 at 3:23 pm

    I love all of these colors!

  28. 28
    February 20th, 2011 at 5:13 pm

    If by pink you mean watermelon pink, then yes, I agree. Otherwise, I don’t.

  29. 29
    February 21st, 2011 at 8:38 am

    OMG! I love the colors! Especially lavander! Can’t wait for sping! :)

  30. 30
    February 22nd, 2011 at 4:22 pm

    Yes, where would I find that exact shade of converse? It kind of looks like the neon pink version but its a bit too toned down.

  31. 31
    March 9th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    This kind of sucks because I have red hair, and I don’t want to look like a mango or strawberry smoothie. Sigh.

  32. 32
    March 13th, 2011 at 11:05 am

    As a designer of fashion accessories, this is a top of the line article. Your color palette for Spring 2011 is absolutely correct. I might add that that great color, lime, from last year is still a hot carryover.
    But who can toss their closet filled with our more sedate but quality pieces out for what may be one season?
    WhaLaa! Add these bright, eye-catching hues as accents: a fabulous scarf (a must today), a pair of shoes/purse with a white outfit, a shawl over that LBD, a t-shirt and sandals with your favoirite jeans, bright earrings or sunglases.
    You have the idea!
    Okay, girls, anyone for some target shopping?

  33. 33
    March 20th, 2011 at 4:57 pm

    Wow I hope these are the new colors of spring 2011, cause I love all of them(: ?

  34. 34
    March 28th, 2011 at 10:38 am

    What do you think of the blue and lime green together?

  35. 35
    January 30th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    I love all these colors! Lately I have been wearing colored jeans such as: white, teal, and purple. I believe that the colors you wear express how you feel. That is why when we are happy we were bright colors and when we are sad were dark and gloomy colors…………(:

  36. 36
    February 22nd, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    I really love that photo of the spring flowers! :-)

  37. 37
    May 31st, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    Awesomesauce!! Spring_girl wrote comment on my b-day!
    Also…peach orang and mint green r in… what else? Nope, i think u hit the rest <3 u!!

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