The 12 Hottest Colors of the Year Are Facing Off! Vote for Your Favorite Now

Your favorite color still matters all those years later.

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Remember when having and knowing your favorite color was a big part of being a kid? (I'm a green gal all the way.) Well, we're taking twists on those classic primaries we all know and love and pinning them against each other in a battle of the hues we call Color Vs. Color.

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Kayla Kitts

We've picked 12 of the top colors of the season — hues we've seen on the runways, in stores, in designer showrooms — and now we want to know which one reigns supreme in your book.

So, how did we pick these color contenders? Why marigold and not a bright shade of lemon yellow? Why amethyst and not a soft shade of purple? Take a peek into how we made our final selects, then browse through all the color galleries. When you find your color BFF, cast your vote!


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Kayla Kitts

Briana pitched a variety of fuchsia shades that felt fresh and new, but ultimately I landed on a juicy shade of pink. "It’s like someone gave maroon a makeover! They’re refreshing berry sorbet palate cleansers after we’ve binged on their darker, heavier incarnations – oxblood, anyone?," says Briana. "Romantic and plush, they conjure up images of crushed velvet for me." 

Powder Blue

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Deanne came in strong with celestine, powder blue's gemstone twin, to win everyone's hearts over. "I still see a lot of riffs from minerals and palette cues from geodes, and I’m hoping that celestine is next to shine," notes Deanne. "This blue-gray is a hushed, delicate alternative to the recent obsession with heavy charcoals. It’s still a little smoky but soft and ethereal. It’s considered an angelic stone and helps purify, destress and focus."


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Kayla Kitts

When it came to color, Jessica knew where she stood. "I’ve been having many feels about purple, lately," she says. "Think if the Color(s) of the Year had a baby..."

Browse All 12 Color Palettes, Then Vote for Your Fave!

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Vote for Pearl

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Vote for Raspberry Pink

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Vote for Marigold

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Vote for Amethyst

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