If you want to know what color will be seen all over the runways and red carpets in 2014, then leave it to Pantone when they choose their color of the year. And as we all know by now, this year that color is radiant orchid. It is a sort of a lavender hue that has already been draped on models and actors alike.
But don’t be afraid of this interesting color. You, too, can wear radiant orchid once you know the best ways to wear it and what to wear it with. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Since radiant orchid is a jewel tone, it tends to actually look good on just about every skin tone as long as it’s styled accordingly. With a color this bright, it’s best if you stay away from other bright hues and stick with neutral tones like beige, black and denim.
Try a Target denim blouse, Lord & Taylor black pants or tan colored heels to mix with your radiant orchid look. This keeps the attention on the vibrant color without making you look like a colorful mess. Neutrals work to tone down the in-your-face purple color so you can wear it and still look sophisticated.
Not Too Matchy-Matchy
Because radiant orchid is such a standout color, it will look best when you don’t try to go too matchy-matchy. Let it be the only piece in your ensemble in this color. Try it on as a blouse or even a spring midi skirt, but never as both.
You can go bold and opt for a radiant orchid trench coat as long as everything else is neutral-based. But if you want to start small, then stick to an accessory piece like these BCBGeneration gloves or even these Tod’s shoes. Colored heels look exceptionally well against a denim outfit.
This Up To Be coat at YOOX is a great piece, especially when you can save up to 90% off designer items until June 30.
Accessories Have It
If all else fails and you’re still not sure of how to wear this striking color, consider leaving it to the accessories. Radiant orchid stuns as a statement necklace, a bold lip stain or even a flowing scarf like these pieces from Nasty Gal and Nordstrom.
This Kate Spade New York necklace at Saks is an easy way to add this dazzling color with little effort, while getting free shipping on every order with code FREESHIP.
Accessories are just what you need to get into this pantone color without it becoming overbearing. And if you go for a piece of jewelry, then you have the option of pairing it with another item in the same color like a belt or hat that will add just enough color to your wardrobe.