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These 6 Spring Colour Trends Will Brighten Your Day

While many nonessential workers (ourselves included) are using their time at home to try out indulgent food recipes and binge throwback TV shows, the fashion lovers among us are thinking about something else: clothes. With the global pandemic at top of mind, it’s easy to forget that now would’ve been when all the spring ’20 collections — and therefore, the trends — shown last September would be making an appearance on the streets. But just because dressing stylishly is the least of our worries doesn’t mean that our favourite stand-out fashions from the spring ‘20 season can’t continue to serve a purpose — one of inspiration, perhaps.
 
And out of all the trends that made headlines at the end of last year, it was the colours that really hit home for us. Vintage denim blue, margarine yellow, and pistachio ice cream green all were featured throughout, on both outdoor tennis courts on Manhattan’s Lower East Side and 19th-century grandeur establishments in Paris. Saffron, cocoa, and peachy pink also made an appearance during the month-long fashion season. 
 
So while the decision of what top to wear with sweatpants for our next Zoom meeting is hardly a critical one, we’re happy to have something to brighten the mood, even if it is just a pretty new shade of yellow. After all, Pantone’s Color Institute did call the spring ‘20 colour lineup “energizing and optimistic.”
 
Ahead, check out the six spring colours that are inspiring our warm-weather (indoor for now) wardrobes.

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Vintage Denim Blue


There’s almost nothing more comforting, at least as it pertains to fashion, than a pair of perfectly faded old blue jeans. And now, it’s not just baby blues that come in the shade, but everything, from Marc Jacobs trousers to JW Anderson frocks to Bottega Veneta handbags. *Adds to cart*

JW AndersonPhoto: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

Urban Outfitters Textured Strappy Back Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfitters

HVISK Posh Croc, $, available at Lisa Says Gah

The Elder Statesman Crewneck Cashmere Jumper, $, available at Farfetch

The Elder Statesman Crewneck Cashmere Jumper, $, available at Farfetch

Margarine Yellow


This soft buttery shade of yellow might’ve made a bigger splash on the fall ‘20 runways, but it got its start way back when in September with barely-there maxi dresses on Jacquemus’ hot pink runway and shrunken suits on Gucci’s conveyer belt. 

LoewePhoto: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

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The Frankie Shop Padded Shoulder Double Breasted Topcoat, $, available at The Frankie Shop

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Pêche Alexis, $, available at Pêche

H&M Single-Breasted Jacket, $, available at H&M

H&M Slacks, $, available at H&M

Pistachio Green


The ice cream shops might be closed for the time being, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get your pistachio chip fix this spring. Jacquemus, Area, and Tod’s can fix that problem right quick. 

JacquemusPhoto: Estrop/Getty Images.

Glamorous Curve Curve Tiered Maxi Smock Dress, $, available at ASOS

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Paloma Wool Dallas Blazer, $, available at Need Supply

Ganni Silk Stretch Satin Dress, $, available at Ganni

Hot Cocoa


Traditionally, we’d put cocoa brown in the fall/winter colour department given its cozy appeal and neutral palette. However, after seeing how it was styled alongside Easter-esque pastels at Prada and Bottega Veneta, not to mention how Tod’s made a short suit out of the shade, we couldn’t help but welcome it into the spring/summer realm. 

PradaPhoto: Victor VIRGILE/Gamma-Rapho/Getty Images.

Pixie Market Brown Tailored Blazer, $, available at Pixie Market

Pixie Market Brown Straight Leg Pants, $, available at Pixie Market

Violeta By Mango Plus-Size Check Long Blouse, $, available at Mango

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FP Beach Oasis Set, $, available at Free People

Add In The Saffron


Like a dash of this very luxurious spice, adding some saffron-coloured bits into your spring wardrobe is guaranteed to level up any outfit, no matter what it is. Don’t believe us? Just ask Marc Jacobs.

Marc JacobsPhoto: Randy Brooke/WireImage.

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Simon Miller Capilla Tank, $, available at Simon Miller

Zara Ribbed Dress, $, available at Zara

Wilfred Rivers Dress, $, available at Aritzia

Peachy Keen


If you, like us, need something bright and colourful in your wardrobe right about now, look no further than this soft shade of peach, the likes of which were featured on runways around the world last September, including Gucci, Dion Lee, and Tory Burch.

Gucci
Photo: Estrop/Getty Images.

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Tach Clothing 100% Cotton Dress, $, available at Tach Clothing

ASOS CURVE Curve Double Breasted Lightweight Trench, $, available at ASOS

Area Bike Shorts, $, available at Shopbop

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