According to Pantone (who do lots of research on all things colour related), Turquoise will be the dominant colour of 2010, and I have to say as a colour choice this one makes me happy, as turquoise is a colour that can be worn by every colouring and look great.
Sure, some people need brighter turquoises and others need softer more muted ones, but it won’t scream on many complexions like some of the recent colours that we’ve seen dominating our clothing ranges (such as coral pink, chartreuse green).
Why does it work so well for so many? Because it’s made up of both warm and cool colours – blue and yellow, so it has both warm and cool undertones and therefore works and mixes well with neutrals of each undertone.
From the Pantone website: “In many cultures, Turquoise occupies a very special position in the world of color,” explains Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “It is believed to be a protective talisman, a color of deep compassion and healing, and a color of faith and truth, inspired by water and sky. Through years of color word-association studies, we also find that Turquoise represents an escape to many – taking them to a tropical paradise that is pleasant and inviting, even if only a fantasy.”
Not only can it be worn as clothing items, there is of course the stone that the colour name came from, add some turquoise jewellery to make a red top zap, a navy suit modern, dress up some khaki, camel or beige. Try it with pink or purples (from red-violet through to lilac or deep purple). Mix it with lime green or teal for a tropical feel. Turquoise is both a great colour for a garment as well as an accent colour in shoes, jewellery, belts and bags.