This year it’s Radiant Orchid! So what is Radiant Orchid?” you may ask. Pantone has chosen Radiant Orchid as the 2014 color of the year. You may remember last year’s Emerald with Tangerine Tango being the chosen colors for the previous year. As we move into this year’s new collections, we will be seeing more and more pinky purple shades in clothing, household accessories, appliances and Chevrolet is even offering a limited edition “deep magenta metalic” for their 2014 Sonic.
Pantone doesn’t actually pluck the color of the year out of thin air. They poll manufacturers, designers, decorator supply companies and other related companies then, after evaluation, the Pantone Color of the Year is selected. Spring runway collections were replete with pinky-purples. You will see Radiant Orchid appear in Converse tennis shoes, Burberry handbags, home décor items and even electric coffee makers. The big question is: Is this a color that you can incorporate into your life in the coming months? Or, do you even want to?
Pink of any shade is feminine. This shade also is a cool color and will not be as flattering for the warm-toned person – that is the person who looks great in yellow, peach and lime green. Many men will not be drawn to a shade of orchid, especially if they are more of a rugged, outdoor type. We should not choose colors based on what is popular this season but on what looks great on us and matches our personality.
Orchid will look fabulous with gray, black and navy. For business, a blouse in this color would add the perfect touch to a suit of one of these basic colors. Men can create a conservative look by choosing a striped or plaid dress shirt such as the one pictured, worn with a dark, solid tie. If you want to add just a pop of color, make it easy by adding a clutch. Scarves are another excellent way of bringing in a color that might not be best in your color palette but that touch in a scarf can add an interest. A dress in orchid will be romantic and feminine, perfect for a special evening out or a ladies luncheon.
Whether you choose Radiant Orchid for 2014 or decide to take a pass, make your color choices reflect your personal style and color. People remember how great you looked long after they forgotten whether you were wearing the color of the year!