Models on the runway at Band of Outsiders.

Models on the runway at Band of Outsiders.

Here at The Gloss, we tend to shy away from the too-common bullying language of many fashion publications–5 Designer Items You Need Right Now! 5 Bags Everyone Will Have!, etc–because it’s unrealistic and obnoxious (no one needs a designer anything, for one).

However, for those of you who like following fashion but feel no obligation to spend a month’s rent on a damn handbag, one very easy way to translate the runway to your regular old wardrobe is with color. By incorporating the season’s biggest shades–whether through recycling stuff you already have or buying something new–you’ll achieve roughly the same effect as wearing trendy, eye-catching (and super expensive) runway pieces. Next Spring, these are the colors you’ll be seeing.

…Then again, you could also not give a shit and wear whatever you want. We’re just giving you the option.

1. Blue

Pantone actually called this one–Dazzling Blue is the color of Spring 14–and it sure showed on the runways.

On the upside, the color looks spectacular on all skintones.

Rachel Comey - Backstage - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

A gorgeous marble print at Rachel Comey.

Peter Som - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

At Peter Som.

Prabal Gurung - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

A detail from Prabal Gurung.

Altuzarra - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

At Altuzarra.

Band Of Outsiders Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014At Band of Outsiders.

2. Citrus Brights

And what doesn’t look great on every skintone? Blinding bright citrus shades, like tangerine and orange. They were everywhere on the runways, from menswear to evening gowns. Proceed with caution, pale people.

Costello Tagliapietra - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

Costello Tagliapietra.

Tibi - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

At Tibi.

DKNY Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

At DKNY.

Tommy Hilfiger Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

At Tommy Hilfiger.

Vera Wang - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

At Vera Wang.

Models at the Charlotte Ronson presentation.

Models at the Charlotte Ronson presentation.

3. Pastels (especially mint)

Perhaps a bit obvious for Spring, but the whole Easter palette was splashed across the runways, in pale lemons, lavenders, cotton candy pinks, soft blues and, most of all, mint.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 2

Rebecca Minkoff.

Rag & Bone Women's Collection - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

rag & bone.

Rebecca Taylor - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Rebecca Taylor.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 4

DKNY.

Zac Posen - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Zac Posen.

Ralph Rucci - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Ralph Rucci.

4. Metallics

Not a color, sure–but gold, silver and bronze were all showing strong at NYFW.

Diane Von Furstenberg - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Textured gold (with matching accessories) at Diane von Furstenberg.

Thakoon - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Liquid silver trousers at Thakoon.

Ralph Rucci - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Bronze at Ralph Rucci.

Assembly New York - Presentation - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Track pants at Assembly.

3.1 Phillip Lim - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Stripped steel at 3.1. Phillip Lim.

Models on the runway at Tracy Reese.

Models on the runway at Tracy Reese.

5. ALL THE COLORS

Yes, print mixing was a huge trend on the Spring 2014 runways–if you’re partial to the street style favorite (as we’ve slowly come to be), just go ahead and have fun with it.

Peter Som - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

Peter Som.

Mara Hoffman - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Mara Hoffman.

Tracy Reese - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Tracy Reese.

TRESemme at Vivienne Tam - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Detail at Vivienne Tam.

TRESemme at Vivienne Tam - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Tam again.

Tommy Hilfiger Women's - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014

Tommy Hilfiger.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2014 - Official Coverage - Best Of Runway Day 6

 

Tory Burch.

Timo Weiland Women's - Runway - MADE Fashion Week Spring 2014

A very beautiful jacket at Timo Weiland.

(All photos via Getty)