Spring 2018’s Hottest Colors

FALL 2017
By Rebecca Carhart for Modern Muse

Now that New York Fashion Week's spring/summer 2018 shows are done, it's time to start forecasting next season's biggest color trends. From classic pastels to unexpected pops of neons, chromatic fashions were seen all over the runways of several top designers. Here are five standout shades from next season and how to wear them.


Lilac was probably the biggest color trend seen at NYFW, thanks to top designers like Victoria Beckham, Tom Ford, and Michael Kors sending head-to-toe ensembles in the pretty pastel down their runways. While the feminine hue was seen in everything from flowy dresses to tailored blazers, we personally love how Tibi paired a pretty lilac top with trousers in the same shade for this sleek look. Wear the separates together for a streamlined style, or mix and match them with other pieces in your wardrobe.


Yellow is no longer mellow after rich marigold fashions were seen at multiple spring 2018 shows. Designers like A.L.C., Ulla Johnson, and Cushnie et Ochs shied away from the typical pastels and instead injected the bold tone into their latest collections. The deep yellow packs a punch on its own, so take a cue from Christian Siriano and pair it with simple neutral accessories to let it shine.

Palace Blue

Navy may be trending for fall, but, come springtime, it's all about palace blue. The bright and poppy tone was all over the spring runways including the shows of Kimora Lee Simmons, Monique Lhuillier, and Tracy Reese. Palace blue can be overpowering, so instead of donning a full ensemble in the intense color, break it up by pairing a solid top with a skirt that features the same shade in a print, seen here in the Creatures of the Wind show.

Burnt Orange

Photo courtesy of Dan Lecca

Orange really is the new black according to designers Fenty PUMA, Ji Oh, and Marc Jacobs. These fashion houses (among many others) incorporated variations of rich burnt orange into their spring/summer 2018 collections. But it was Badgley Mischka's look in the punchy hue that stood out the most. The celeb-favored brand gave the classic shirtdress a cool upgrade by accessorizing it with earrings and sandals in the same palette.

Lime Green

Photo courtesy of Taylor Jewell

The most unexpected color trend from NYFW was neon green — the fluorescent hue made a statement on the runways of Jeremy Scott, Maryam Nassir Zadeh, and Sies Marjan. But it was Lela Rose who made the DayGlo effect seem polished, with a sleek coordinated set. The tailored look of the matching outfit was enough to make highlighter shades chic again.