The Top 5 Spring 2014 Colors For Men
Spring 2014 arrives next week and there were some clear color choices for men this season. Most designers seemed to be in an optimistic mood as expressed by the popularity of bright, cheerful hues sprinkled into their collections.
Blue, by far, is the most important color for men this Spring. From dusty blue to deep navy, there was no shortage of blue hues on the runways. Trend Council highlighted Periwinkle, a washed-out royal and Gunmetal, a teal-like blue for Spring 2014. There are so many choices that work well for men within the blue color family. Blue can be combined with denim for a cool tonal look or men can opt to coordinate bright colors like yellow or neon green to add some flavor to their ensembles. Most blue tones resemble neutral colors, like grey or khaki, in feel and can be easily worn without having to worry too much about co-ordinating with other colors.
Color Solutions International SS14-Mens-Cool-Tones
Red was also prominent in designer collections. Venetian Red, a bright, orange-casted shade was on display in the collections of Etro, Parke & Ronen and Patrik Ervell. Red is a versatile shade that works well with almost every other color and is a sure way to brighten your look without taking too much of a fashion risk. It works well with darker shades like navy, black and charcoal grey and has become a mainstream alternative in menswear.
Pink was another principal hue and was shown in the collections of Shaun Samson, Richard James, Christopher Raeburn and Burberry to name a few. This shade came in every version from a pale, almost pastel hue to a bright shocking pink tone. It seems that there is a big push among designers to incorporate this color into their collections this season as this was the most popular color for Spring 2014 womenswear. Most men will wear pink selectively but now there are more options and shades for them to choose from.
Orange is another key color that brightened the runway this season. Vivienne Westwood, Kenneth Cole and Christopher Shannon focused on a bright, almost activewear inspired shade dubbed Safety Orange by Trend Council.
Trend Council SS 2014
Stone in every shade from off-white to mid-grey was a neutralizing force in many collections. Diesel Black Gold, Gucci, Jill Sander and John Varvatos opted to tone down their color palettes with this timeless and popular menswear staple. This perennial favorite is a safe but essential choice for designers and menswear in general. You can't go wrong including these neutral hues in your wardrobe, and they can always be spiced up with brighter colors as accents or with accessories.
To get even more Spring 2014 color inspiration, visit my Pinterest board Spring/Summer 2014 Color here. If you want to dive even deeper you can also check out my individual color boards to see the evolution of these key colors for the past several seasons. Are you feeling inspired to experiment with new color combinations this Spring? Juan E. Romero is the Owner and Creative Director of 65MCMLXV. He has more than twenty years of Fashion and Design Trend experience. You can find him on Google+ and Twitter.