Spring Color Trend: Shades of Violet

Pantone recently named Ultra Violet the 2018 Color of the Year.  With spring right around the corner, we are sure to see more variations of this shade popping up in stores.  This week we’ll talk about how to wear this color and I’ll share a few of my favorites new clothing items featuring this hue.

Violet | Ultra Violet | Spring Color Trends

How to Wear Shades of Violet
With Neutrals

If you capsule wardrobe girls are looking for a fun new tone to incorporate this spring, you are probably thinking about how you can pair it with your closet essentials.  I love this color with navy (or denim), grey and white.

Violet | Ultra Violet | Spring 2018 Color Trends | How to Wear Color

In an Ombré Effect

Ombré (varying hues of the same shade) is another fabulous way to wear violet tones.  It’s so soft and feminine.  This method also works for capsule wardrobe girls, you could pair a bolder camisole or tee with a lighter toned cardigan or vice versa.

Violet | Ultra Violet | Spring 2018 Color Trends | How to Wear Color

With Analogous Colors

This is the palette for the girly-girl!  So soft and feminine.  Here the Ultra Violet chip is paired with its next door neighbors on the color wheel, blue and red (pink).  Note how the shades selected echo the depth of color in the ultra violet swatch.  A color combo like this would be gorgeous in a scarf, print blouse or dress.

Violet | Ultra Violet | Spring 2018 Color Trends | How to Wear Color

With Contrasting Colors

Are you all about brights and standing out?  Then these contrasting color combinations are for you.  Directly across from violet on the color wheel are orange, yellow and green.  This is  strong look so I recommend choosing only 1 of these pairings at time!  If you wear violet predominantly with neutrals or in ombré, you may want to use one of these contrasting tones for an accessory item or two.

Violet | Ultra Violet | Spring 2018 Color Trends | How to Wear Color

Shop Shades of Violet

Below are some of my favorite finds in violet hues!  Scroll through for clothing, shoes and accessories in a wide variety of price ranges.

Happy early St. Pat’s and First Day of Spring!

Until next week,



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Author: Betsy Ramsey

Betsy Ramsey is the author of Natty Gal. Born and raised in Northeast Ohio, she now lives there with her husband and Bichon-Frise, Dolce. A mindful fashion & capsule wardrobe enthusiast, she travels extensively, visiting 56 countries to date. Betsy is committed to helping others live their most fulfilling life!

2 thoughts on “Spring Color Trend: Shades of Violet”

  1. Elizabeth, at first I was not on board with this Ultraviolet color of the year, but now I totally am and have added a few really cute pieces to my wardrobe. I love these color pairings you have offered for inspiration! Thank you!


    1. It sure did seem to be a somewhat polarizing choice from Pantone! Glad you decided to give it a try – I think it would be fantastic on you with your darker hair and porcelain complexion. Can’t wait to see what you came up with!

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