By Brecken Branstrator
I’ve been in New York for almost eight years now, and I still don’t think I’m used to how long its winters last.

Growing up in North Carolina, the temperature rarely dipped down enough to need more than a pea coat. I have spent quite a few Thanksgiving and Christmas days in short-sleeved shirts and dresses and usually by this time of year, spring is well on its way.

While it was a little strange to begin working on this blog when snow blanketed the city just a few days ago and our winter wear is still in use, it is helping me be optimistic about the warm weather to come.

I spent the fall 2017 edition of this blog post gushing about how much I loved the season and while that’s true, I’m very happy to now be on the other side of winter. Spring shades are warm and happy, and I can’t wait to see the flowers popping up in the colors of the season.

According to Pantone, “colorful self-expression” is a key takeaway for spring 2018. For the season’s colors, Pantone selected “a kaleidoscopic bounty of uplifting shades and feel-good tones” and balanced them out with some neutral or classic shades.

I have paired each with one jewel in a color that I think coordinates with it.

The 12 trend-driven shades

For the first time, Pantone released a “classic color palette,” since the classics are a mainstay for so many wardrobes. The four neutral shades are also meant to dominate the season, providing a wearable counterpart to the vibrant group of 12 shown above.

Some of these classics are just begging for pops of color.

The classic color palette

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