Pantone Institute, the color reference system that predicts the most popular colors each spring and fall, is located in Carlstadt, New Jersey. Their influence on the fashion, home goods, and cosmetic industries is global. This is because color is probably the single-most-powerful communication tool that influences consumer purchases. Pantone culls its inspiration from daily life. The seasonal hues dominate from the runways to the retail stores, and eventually wind up in your closets. It’s as though a memo goes out to all the designers, fashion houses, and the beauty industry, directing them as to which colors should be featured in their collections.

Although the official date for spring is actually March 21, the weather forecast seems quite unpredictable. From chilly and rainy to comfortable and sunny, it’s impossible to shed your down jacket or transition your closet from winter to spring. If you’re dreaming of sunny spring days and warmer weather, you can simply incorporate some new colors and embrace the latest trends of the season.

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