If You Can Name All of These Colors, You Can Fake Your Way As a Fashion Designer

Monica Lee

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About This Quiz

Are you dying (pun intended) to know what colors will be on-trend for the rest of summer and this coming fall and winter season? Then welcome fashionistas to the quiz that will have you blowing on your lavender fingernails and polishing them on your sky-blue jacket. 

You've probably been wearing all nuances from lavender to pink this summer. And once the weather gets cooler, the fashion gurus predict a warm dip into earth colors, from luxurious browns to golden yellows and rusty oranges. Naturally, there will be soft touches, like a peachy pink for an accent of femininity.

As a trendsetter, you know that fashion never stands still. And as the weather gets even chillier you’ll find more daring trends of color that will break the earthen landscape. From orange-based hues to strong violets to amber-reds and vivid greens. These colors will direct the eye to the most attractive areas of the body, provide movement and allow a stop-and-stare moment for entrances. 

Now it’s your turn. Take a cat walk into this quiz with the utmost confidence. Find out if you have the know-how to fake it as a fashion designer. You'll do great, you're golden! (Metallic that is, not matte.) 

We'll start this quiz with the Blue Family and see how well you do. What is this color?

This very light blue color looks good on people with dark complexions. However if you have a light complexion, beware, this color can make you look washed out.

This color is easy on the eye. What is it?

Sky blue is a rich, light blue that looks sharp against white pin stripes, white pants or a white skirt.

This color has a history, what is the name of this color?

The Prussian army uniform coats were dyed this color in the 18th century.

Don't get the blues if these blues are getting hard to identify. What is the name of this color?

This light pastel blue is called Powder Blue and plays well with other pastels. Perfect for summer.

All of these Blues have some Purple in them. Which one contains the least amount of purple?

Periwinkle has a hint of purple mixed with the blue. Since yellow is a complimentary color to purple, use a yellow scarf or other accessories to complete your look.

This one will wake you up. What color is it?

It's a shock to the eyes, but Electric Blue really makes you stand out in an outfit. Wear it to grab the spotlight.

Enough of the Blues! Here's a Green that will catch your eye. What is it?

This is the color of what a forest looks like from above, as from an airplane. It's a dark, lush color.

This is a rich color indeed. What is its name?

Emerald is a brilliant, deep green, like the gemstone from which it takes its name.

This green color has a hint of yellow in it. What is it?

This Pistachio Green color is a great background for any print or pattern. It's subtle yet presents well in any type of clothing.

It's easy to recognize this color. What is it?

Khaki is a color that has been used by many armies around the world for uniforms and for camouflage.

Another green that can be inspiring. What color is it?

Lemon Green is a bright, beautiful color, but make sure your skin tone can pull it off. If your skin has a greenish undertone, this color is not for you.

Last one for Green: What color is this?

Named after the color of dried sage leaves, this hue is used to spice up any earth-tone wardrobe.

Okay, it's not Green ... but a Blue-Green combo. What color is this?

The word turquoise comes from the French for Turkish, as the gem was originally imported from Turkey. Now you know.

Another popular color in fashion. What is it?

Not just for fashion, but teal is found in indoor and outdoor paint, furnishings and more. It's a versatile color that seems to go with everything.

Okay, back to basics like Browns. What tasty color is this?

Yum. These colors are delicious. Make sure you don't have the same skin tone as the fabric, then you don't have to be worried about being swallowed up by your ensemble.

What food does this color remind you of?

The color Coffee is not as yellow as Caramel, and not as orange as Cinnamon. And it has a richer and creamier look than Tobacco.

What handsome color is this?

This color is very distinguished and provides a reserved and dignified look to your outfit.

Sometimes metallics are in, sometimes they're out. What color is this?

Cooper is a reddish-brown color which does not have to have a metallic sheen. However when it is metallic, it can still be subtle unlike silver or gold.

I hope you're not allergic to this color. What is it?

This smooth and creamy color looks good as an accent to bright ensembles.

White has a color chart all of its own. What color is this?

Cream offers a yellow tone to the color white, and mellows the formal, crisp white look.

What color is the lightest white among these choices?

White in all its variations denotes innocence and purity. This ghost white color comes closest to pure white with a very light blue tinge.

One more white question. What is the name of this color?

Alabaster is a warm white with a pinkish tone. Unless you put this color next to other white colors, it can be very hard to distinguish the difference in tone.

Now onto beige, what color is this?

The Mushroom color has a nice earthen tone that works beautifully along with Sage and Pumpkin.

Knowing the different beiges really shows off your fashionista sense. What color is this?

If you were tricked up by Soft Beige and Sand Dollar, it's understandable. Soft Beige is a shade lighter than Sand Dollar.

You'll want to celebrate getting this color correctly, which one is it?

Champagne is an interesting color in that it can make other colors "pop", as well as the person who is wearing it as a singular color.

Last Beige question. What is the color in the image?

Rose Beige is the darkest beige before you get to brown. Interestingly enough, Wikipedia categorizes beige as a variation of white. However in fashion, it has a dimension all its own.

Enough of boring Beige, let's get to uplifting Yellows. What color is this?

Yellow is an energizing color. Think of the stimulating effect of the yellow sunflowers in the famous Vincent Van Gogh painting.

What flower comes to mind when you see this color. What is its name?

You may to be a nature person to know this color as Honeysuckle Yellow. As an aside, this color was the Pantone Color of the Year in 2011.

What does this Yellow color remind you of?

Mustard has a rich, creamy look. Make sure it's a bright mustard if you pair it with black. Together, they look excellent on anyone.

With this color, everyone knows you've entered the room. What color is it?

Actually, Neon Yellow is usually worn by construction workers and motorcycle riders, anyone who really needs to be seen.

Ready to tackle reds? What color is this?

The color red can literally accelerate your heartbeat. This stimulating color is used in fashion, fast foods and advertising to get people to pay attention or warn them.

Ah, this color can bring color to your cheeks, what is it?

Burgundy is a favorite among red colors and goes well with a variety of gray tones. It is a deep red wine color. And if you drink enough burgundy you'll look a bit flushed.

Here's a strong red color, what's its name?

Cardinal is a similar but a more vivid red than Burgundy. It has a lighter shade of purple in it.

What's the name of this warm, red color?

The 2018 Fall/Winter fashion season will see plenty of earthen colors, like Terracotta Red. This is perfect for accents while complimenting the earth-tone palette.

This red has a bit of brown in it. What color is it?

Color combinations like white, black, lilac, navy, and turquoise pair well with rust. Wear it to look like a true Parisian.

A color that pops with pizzazz. What is it?

Crimson can seamlessly go from a complete showstopper to a colorful accent. This exciting shade of red pops up in all sorts of accessories.

Moving away from red, you'll find this shade of purple ready to wear. What color is this?

You will see a lot of Ultra Violet because it's the color of the year for 2018. It a rich shade of purple that has a royal flair.

This shade of purple may remind you of flowers. What color is it?

Purple and Violet are shades that represent a peaceful, comforting environment as well as denote royalty and justice.

This color has the look of a winner. Which color is it?

Marsala was the Pantone color of the year in 2015, leaving Radiant Orchard behind in a purple haze, as it was the winner in 2014.

Your final question: What is this color that goes with everything?

Everyone needs a little black dress. You'll be fashionable year in and out with the right one.

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