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8 Ways to Wear the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year

Pantone, the world’s authority on all things color-related, has just announced that their 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid. “An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute.

Looks like this is going to be quite the year for shades of purple. They have already been pervading Spring 2014 runway shows, from Missoni to Chanel to Juicy Couture, and you can definitely expect to see more of this hue in the coming year. Here are a few must-have fashion picks to add a touch of the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year to your arsenal.

1. The Shift Dress

A shift dress is a staple every collegiette’s internship wardrobe needs. In this bold fuschia hue, it can easily go from day to night with a quick accessory swap.

2. The Structured Bag

Oh, the Cambridge satchel– it’s a classic for a reason. Sure, it’ll match everything in brown or black, but in bright lavender it’s the kind of piece you’ll want to pass down to your daughter one day.

3. The Nail Polish

The simplest way to infuse some Radiant Orchid into your life? On your nails, obviously.

4. The Pump

If snakeskin neon amethyst pumps are wrong, then being right is stupid.

5. The Statement Necklace 

A colorful statement necklace is the Beyonce of accessories. The red and magenta combo on this one is unexpected and gorgeous.

6. The Full Skirt

If you had to describe this mauve jacquard skirt in three words, those words would be “perfect for twirling.”

7. The Knit Beret

In a more muted tone, you can treat Radiant Orchid as a neutral and wear it with everything. This pom-pom beret is so “cool London girl on a snow day.”

8. The Phone Case 

Is “Not Subtle” your middle name? Then cover your phone in the Pantone Color of the Year in the most literal way possible.


Photo credits:

shift dress from J.Crew, bag by Cambridge Satchel Company, nail polish by Essie, pumps from J.Crew, necklace from Bauble Bar, skirt from Tibi, beret from ASOS, phone case from Case Scenario

Julia Reinstein is a junior at American University. She is studying journalism and hopes to one day write for a magazine. When she isn't writing, she keeps busy as a sister of Phi Sigma Sigma and student body Vice President. Her goals include traveling to Iceland, participating in a flashmob, meeting Hillary Clinton, and owning a mahogany spice rack. She passionately believes in the Oxford comma.
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