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Designers’ Tips for Fashion on a Budget

Designers share with Pantone their tips on how to use color to stay fashionable while on a budget.

Pantone's Fashion Color Report, Fall 2009

Abaeté by Laura Poretzky: Invest in basic pieces like blazers and pants in colors that are classic and timeless, then layer these items with more affordable pieces such as tops and soft dresses in the color of the moment.

Adam Lippes: Black — when one is on a budget, it is good to stay true to the color that looks great any day of the week, any time of the season and on any body type.

Alvin Valley: Choose a timeless color like Moonlight. This way, you will always be building your wardrobe with perpetual elegance.

Baby Phat by Kimora Lee Simmons: It’s important to keep colors classic and timeless. Black, gray and red are colors that will never lead you astray. They can be fun, sophisticated and easy to wear. You’ll reach for them again and again.

Brian Reyes: Purchase pieces in classic colors that complement your existing wardrobe. Our Jadeite is a great option because it adds interest to any outfit.

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Carmen Marc Valvo: Choosing timeless colors, such as gray, is always chic and elegant.

Catherine Malandrino: Use an accent of Shocking Pink around the neck.

Charlotte Ronson: Black — it’s safe for all seasons.

Christian Cota: Pair basic colors with ones that pop. Garnet can be easily mixed with bursts of Gold.

Christian Siriano:
Just wearing color helps you stay fashionable. Color is always a trend and is a great way to express yourself. Color should never be substituted.

Cynthia Steffe by Shaun Kearney:
Black, because a little black dress can be styled in many different ways and is always chic.

David Rodriguez: I wanted to stay as far away from black as I could. Now is the time to excite the customer with gorgeous colors that will inspire the desire to add to her wardrobe.

Douglas Hannant: Throw in an accent of a bright, optimistic color like Raspberry. It’s uplifting!

Elie Tahari: By incorporating rich, timeless jewel tones into her wardrobe, a woman can revitalize it and transform an otherwise simple outfit. Jewel tones also look good on many different women so they tend to be easier to wear than brighter colors.

Ella Moss: A new top is always a quick fix. If I just need a quick pick-me-up, I’ll buy a color that isn’t basic. This season, I am dying for something in Deep Purple, or a new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes in a Grayed-off Teal could do the trick.

 

 

James Coviello: Adding a bold print to your fall wardrobe is an excellent way to match many different items you already have and create many new looks with just one piece.

Lela Rose: Pick a color that inspires you and use that color to accent your neutrals, blacks, denims, etc. Whether it’s just a pair of earrings, a belt or a T-shirt, your old styles will feel fresh again. I am loving blues and greens as they are easy for women to work into their current wardrobe.

Maria Pinto: For fall, color should flatter you and your coloring (hair-skin tone) it should be the key element that takes your neutrals to a new place. I recommend investing in colorful items that will make your old things look new again, whether it is a great wrap in Absinthe cut chiffon or a gorgeous Geranium tweed jacket.

Miss Sixty by Wichy Hassan: Color is a great way to stay fashionable on a budget. A pop of something like Fuchsia or Tangerine on a scarf, bag or gloves is a great way to freshen up a more basic garment.

Nanette Lepore: Be creative with what you have in your closet. Use Ebony as a base color and layer it with the colors of the season like Amber and Violet.

Ports 1961 by Tia Cibani: I think that when one is on a budget, it is best to stay with neutrals, as they are always in fashion. A hint of real color is the best way to go and is best done in small doses ‹ clutch bag and shoes, or lipstick and nails.

Rebecca Taylor: Gorgeous, colored, silk tops. Pink always makes me feel good.

Reem Acra: I always love Gold, because it can look rich and beautiful without embellishment.

Tadashi Shoji: Black. You can’t go wrong with this color — it’s timeless, slimming, easy to wear and looks great on everyone.

Temperley London: Don’t be afraid to wear brightly colored clothes and stand out from the crowd. Feel sexy and confident when you do this. Bubblegum best exemplifies this for me.

Thuy Diep: When every spending decision becomes a hard choice, dark colors (particularly black) allow women to buy timeless pieces that become a permanent part of their wardrobe.

Tracy Reese: Any color can look new and updated when paired with an unexpected shade. The always classic black is a great foundation for brightly colored, budget-friendly accessories.

Yigal Azrouël: I find colors that have the ability to represent my sensibility and transition from season to season, year after year. Azrouelian Gray always makes a perennial appearance in the collection, both as a neutral and as a statement, because of its timelessness.

SOURCE: PANTONE FASHION COLOR REPORT, FALL 2009

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