What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?

During our fashion shows you may hear guests and hosts alike talking about the “Pantone color of the year.” PANTONE is the world-renowned authority on color. The PANTONE® name is known worldwide as the standard language for color communication from designer to manufacturer to retailer to customer.

On their website they state:  The PANTONE of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.  The PANTONE of the year is a symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”

For 2017, the PANTONE color is Greenery. Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.

Nature’s neutral ugh.  My friends know green is NOT my favorite color—here is how PANTONE chose Greenery for this year:

So, how can you incorporate green in a fresh way if it is not a color you normally buy, wear or own? In jewelry, we have seen Emeralds and jade worn beautifully with black with celebrities. Green in small doses can go a long way to create a memorable contrast instead of the traditional diamonds.  Peridot will be a favorite this year paired with pastels and florals in spring, and certainly pops a neutral outfit!


In home, Sage is a tranquil color in the bedroom and one of the top colors used by interior designers, complemented by peaches and creams.  I do love the sage Cozelle sheets I pair with my peach silk duvet cover, pale pinks and ‘shabby chic’ florals—a little green can help cut the femininity in a home with a grounded color that our hubbies are sure to like!  My husband is very tolerant of my feminine aesthetic so he is welcoming the idea of a more neutral and unisex color!.

With fashion and accessories, olive green can unify an outfit that is more feminine and frilly, floral or peachy-pink!  Heather Hall received the most beautiful shoulder bag for Christmas from her hubby from a French designer and it was an awesome shade of grounded sage green/olive that she wore with denim and an ivory sweater—elegant and understated.   Hey, maybe I am starting to like green!

I love how this floral skirt and clutch is fresh—I personally would wear this lime clutch or handbag. A lime green heel with denim and a simple white blouse with peridot earrings and lime green bangles.  Only adding accents of color to my outfit rather than actually wearing a top or skirt in green.

For beauty I do like teal eyeliner! A makeup artist in Italy told me it would make my blue eyes pop, which it did. However, as a base shadow color, I wouldn’t recommend using green.

My recommendations after researching ideas to incorporate green is:  Pair it with neutrals, brights, deeper shades, pastels, metallic and the PANTONE Colors of the Year for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity blue.

See the palette below of 10 colors that show how versatile green can be as a “Trans-seasonal” shade that lends itself to many color combinations.

If you have any ideas of how you wear or decorate with green, please leave your ideas below, I’d love to hear them!  Enjoy Greenery YOUR way!

Xo Wendi


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