Back in high school, I went through a phase of wearing mostly pink clothing. Shirts, tops, cardigans, bracelets--you name it. I can't exactly pinpoint the reason behind this, except for the fact that I like the color. Most shades would take the backseat in favor of the girly hue, regardless of the fact that I definitely had other colors in my wardrobe. And then there's Maan, one of my closest friends. While pink was just something I like on my clothes, she, on the other hand, chose blue for just about anything. Clothes, shoes, pens, bags, lunch boxes, the elastics on her braces—so strong was her love for the color that she once told me she'd dye her hair blue once we hit college (she never did). For two girls spending most of their waking days in a uniform, you'd think we'd at least want to experiment with other colors.
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Nowadays, I'm just as likely to go for blue, green, and purple when I dress up as I would pink. Black, white, and cream too. But if I really want to stay on trend, I'd best heed Pantone and their bets for 2012's hottest colors. Pantone, of course, is the authority on color—not just when it comes to fashion but for color in general. But for simplicity's sake (and for my sanity), I'll focus on its fashion aspect. Every main fashion season (that's Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter to you), Pantone surveys designer collections, then comes up with a list of colors that dominated the catwalk. This list, then, becomes the guide for what we'll all be wearing for the months to come. You know that scene in The Devil Wears Prada where Miranda Priestly goes on a lengthy tirade about the color cerulean blue, after Andy Sachs made the mistake of mocking two seemingly similar belts? Yes, Pantone probably had a say in that.