Biggest Colour Trends for Summer 2013

Stand out in the gloom of this extended winter with Summer 2013. It promises to be bold. Join DESIblitz as we walk you through some of the biggest colour trends.

Play with colour and texture to put your own stamp on this season.

Summer 2013 literally has something for everyone.

Gone are the days of a single, fit-the-mould colour trend.

This season is both playful and bright. It is about being noticed.

Feast your eyes on the array of greens, blues, oranges and yellows that graced the catwalks.

If you like colour, you’ll love this season. DESIblitz counts down the hottest colour trends to brighten up your wardrobe.

Green with Envy

Green skirtHeralded as 2013’s colour of the year, emerald green is set to take this season by storm. Designers led an abundance of green shades down the catwalk.

Stand out pieces included Vera Wang’s textured forest green dress and Rag and Bone’s daringly vibrant green skirt.

To show just how key this trend is Veronique Henderson, director of Colour Me Beautiful stated: “Make emerald your new black.”

It is no surprise why green is popular amongst designers; it’s elegant and classy. It can transform any outfit from office ready to evening chic in seconds; perfect for those unplanned straight-from-work evenings out.

These Capri pants from Forever 21 (£16.75) will help you do just this.

Capture this trend by playing with materials and shades to create different looks. If you want a strong daytime look, select clothes in a wool or cotton material to create a matte effect. For an evening look, select silky materials or flowing chiffon in brighter shades. Accessorise with nude to make brighter shades stand out.

Tangerine Dream

Orange Maxi dressSpring/Summer wouldn’t be complete without a vibrant, fiery shade. Orange was the colour of 2012, and again it’s back on our shelves. This is one trend that demands attention:

“Yes orange is loud, but it exudes confidence. I love wearing it!” says Rebecca.

Be playful with this bold. Asos’s orange jumpsuit (£50) would be a great statement piece. It can be dressed up or down.

Wear it in the matchy-matchy style as seen on the catwalk, or accessorise with blues and greens to accentuate its warm shade.

We also love Karen Millen’s box clutch (£85). Pairing this with navy or cobalt blue will create a dramatic juxtaposition.

Into the Blue

Cobalt blue dressYes blue may not feel that summery, but spring/summer 2013 is certainly bold enough to handle it. Blue, like black, is an essential. It goes with any skin tone.

Versace used blue to create beautiful yet edgy looks. Her dresses showed blue to be powerful yet feminine. Other designers used cobalt blue to create clothes with attitude.

Choose clothes that have strong shapes and sharp lines to encapsulate the powerful nature of the colour.

Whether you use the same shade of blue or create a patchwork, matchy matchy is very in this season. Use blue on blue like this Tokyo skirt and top from New Look (both £16.99) to create a striking look.

Hello, Yellow!

Yellow dressNothing says: “Hello Summer”, more than the vivid shades of yellow present this season. However, be warned – this is no mellow yellow. It’s loud and it’s proud.

But don’t be put off by such an outlandish hue. Naeem Kahn’s collection proves that this bold colour works perfectly with lacy whites.

You may think yellow is just too bright to go with anything. However, yellow will work with lots of colours.

Add splashes of blue, turquoise, mint or rust to complement this bold. Floral prints will also help to break up the intensity of the colour.

If you’re not comfortable with bold blocking, simply use yellow to accessorise. Sara says: “I find the best way to update staples like my little black dress is to incorporate a good pair of heels that encapsulate the mood of the season.”

Yellow can be a great way to infuse bold pops of colour into any outfit. We think these Kurt Geiger shoes (£95) would work perfectly.


white dressWhite has been incorporated into nearly every style this season. Whether it be accessories, clean-cut blazers or flowing dresses – this trend is versatile.

White can be worn top to toe for a crisp, elegant and classy look, or used as a basis to build other colour trends into:

“White has so many possibilities. Depending on the material and cut used, it can make me feel powerful, sophisticated or girly,” says Hannah.

Use white to be adventurous. Although the colour might be pure, white has the potential to be dramatised by playing with its shape.

Layer, texture and mix up the fabrics like Karl Largerfield did for Chanel. Warehouse’s embellished dress (£130) is a great example of how white can be textured.

We also love Topshop’s white shard collar (£20). It’ll accentuate any colour trend this season.

Pretty in Pastel

Pastel mint dressIf block colours and bold shades aren’t your thing, then this might just entice you. Pastels are a staple. One essential that is omnipresent season to season.

Spring/Summer 2013 was awash with the delicious shades of mint, candy pink, baby blue, parma violet and lemon.

These sugary colours can be found on anything from shoes to leather jackets. We think that Faith’s mint wedges (£60) would sugar-coat those bold outfits.

This trend is about embracing all things feminine. For the best way to wear pastels, think lace, florals and organza.

If you’re feeling edgy, the catwalk demonstrated that pastels can be a great accompaniment to neons, reptile print and even leather – this season’s surprise trend.

For a summery daytime look, team these lilac pastel jeans from Pepe (£80) with a bold shirt. Pastels are a great way to mute those bold trends. Like Natasha says: “Pastels are a good way to balance light with bright.”

Spring/summer 2013 is about being bright and bold. While summer may not have arrived just yet, spring/summer colour trends mean that we can at least pretend. Play with colour and texture to put your own stamp on this season. Fashion is both personal and provocative. It’s there to push boundaries.

Jacqueline is an English graduate who loves fashion and culture. She believes that the best way to learn about the world is to read and write about it. Her motto is “Logic will get you from A-Z. Imagination will get you everywhere.”