While we rang in the new year, we couldn’t help but get excited about the fresh new color taking over our closets in 2014: radiant orchid. Pantone’s newest Color of the Year is lush, lively, and definitely regal—and it’s a nice change of pace from the dark, dramatic emerald of 2013.
So, how do you pull off this vibrant purple hue without looking like the Purple People Eater at work? Try adding one or two touches to your winter outfit, then come spring, pair it with other pastel shades, too (here are a few ideas)! Take a look at our top picks below, and here's to a radiant new year.
When it comes to clothing, choose one radiant orchid piece, and keep the rest of your outfit subtle. We love everything from sweater dresses and floral skirts to scarves and nerdy specs in this hue, so have fun with it!
The trick to wearing this color is confidence (we know it’s bright!), so wear it loud and proud—purple looks good on everybody! And if you're a little shy of this shade? Try incorporating one of the accessories below into a subtler outfit instead.
Isn’t this a stunning shade on jewelry? For just a pinch of purple, add a bold necklace, cuff, or statement earrings to your typical work ensemble. It’ll freshen up your look without being too loud. Plus, these gems are the perfect way to take your office attire into evening cocktails.
Probably our favorite way to wear radiant orchid in 2014, a handbag gives a much-needed oomph to those dull winter colors! Tote a satchel or envelope bag to work, and grab a clutch or petite crossbody in the hue for a night out. The color is incredibly versatile, so pair your purse with jewel tones, cool colors, and neutrals, too.
When it comes to your beauty routine, you're in luck: Radiant orchid looks good on every skin tone! If you’re in a more casual workplace, swipe on some purple nail polish, or consider adding a bit of drama to your pout with a purple-pink lipstick. For more conservative offices, shadows and eyeliners are a subtle yet stylish addition to your wintery makeup.
Tell us! How will you try out radiant orchid this season?