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Pantone Has Spoken: These Are The Most Fashionable Colors of 2016

Kevin Whipps March 31, 2021 · 1 min read

Now far be it from me to talk about fashion with any kind of authority; although I once worked at a fashion magazine, my current style involves a pair of Dickies shorts, a Busted Tees shirt, and the same pair of shoes I bought in 1998. But you know who does know something about fashion? Yes, literally, anyone else, but in this case, it’s Pantone.


Just in time for New York Fashion Week a few weeks back, Pantone released their 2016 Pantone Fashion Color Report, and it contains everything you need to know about color and how they relate to fashion.



Don’t believe me? Then go check it out and start pouring through the thing. And with that, I’m going to go see if I can get some 12-0752 Buttercup colored Dickies. Maybe they’ll have them in my size.


Kevin Whipps is a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When he’s not working on one of the many writing projects in his queue, he’s designing stickers with his wife at Whipps Sticker Co.

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Hi! My name is Kevin Whipps, and I'm a writer and editor based in Phoenix, Arizona. When I'm not working taking pictures of old cars and trucks, I'm either writing articles for Creative Market or hawking stickers at Whipps Sticker Co.

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6 Comments
  • Ahh, this is so good to know for creating images as well! 6 years ago
  • These "will be" the most fashionable colours of 2016. No more lilac? 6 years ago
  • yaaaaa.. I'm still waiting for 2015s 'Masala' to make the impact Pantone claimed it would.... 6 years ago
  • Colors of 2016 is pleasing to the eye but what kind of type of skin who can wear it? 6 years ago
  • Glad you thought so too @Twigy Posts — design inspiration comes from many different spaces! 6 years ago
  • I don't know Pantone was kind of off this year with the color trends in ready to wear clothing. Yes I've seen some marsala on men this fall, my own father included, but the colors they predicted earlier in the year for the fall season is not what I'm seeing on the racks. Once again it's dark olive and army green and a lot of mustard yellow with touches of soft greys. In fact, for women it's more about the navy, the mustard yellow, and the deep army and olive greens with a smattering of ivory and dusty pink for some contrast to the soft gray. I have yet to see anything that's even close to what Pantone predicts. Who do they honestly think is wearing the colors they predict other than the 5'10" and taller models who walk the runway during Fashion Week in the coture gowns and catsuits with the skin so washed out you wonder if they really look that way. I'm sorry Pantone but for graphic design and interior design maybe with these colors but not really for fashion. Your color of the year had better be amazing come January or I'm going to start wondering just what's going on with your experts there. 6 years ago