It’s Official: Pantone Color of the Year 2014 is Radiant Orchid

Pantone Color of the Year 2014Ha, ha!  I knew it, I knew it would be a shade of purple.  Pantone Color of the Year 2014 was announced and it is, drum roll, Radiant Orchid.  Yesterday, I took a stab at what it would be and, while I guessed it slightly incorrectly as a deep, vibrant shade of purple, I at least got the family of color correct.

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute explained, “It’s a little different, it’s a little off the beaten path, and it’s not a primary color.  It’s an invitation to innovation. The purple family offers opportunity to do creative things.”  Check out her interview on Bloomberg TV here.

Pantone Color of the Year Radiant Orchid In the fashion world, Radiant Orchid, as Leatrice Eiseman explained, “…is an opportunity to look at what you’ve already got in your closet and add to it. It will feel like the right amount of change.”

I really couldn’t agree more with this statement.  If this color is freaking you out because you worry the fashion industry will be exclusively pushing menopausal styles and looks, think about the hot colors that have been around like bordeaux, oxblood, emerald green, shades of grey, rich browns and navy.  All of these colors work beautifully with Radiant Orchid.  And, don’t worry, I’ve decided to dedicate my two posts for next week all around how to incorporate this color into an everyday wardrobe.  So stay tuned!

In the meantime, check out all the colors that will be on deck for spring 2014

Pantone color of the year 2014 Radiant OrchidWhat do you think of Radiant Orchid?  How would you incorporate this color into your wardrobe?  Let me know in the comments below.

  • Judy

    I dig it. I think for spring I would be tempted to try it with some aqua/turquoise.

  • michelle

    Blah. I apparently will not be buying any new clothes in 2014 that are not black, white, or shades of grey.

  • Deborah

    How funny! This is not what I expected–I am surprised. I have been wearing this color regularly for about two years. I began wearing it in the summer of 2011 because I got a floral skirt with the color in it. It used to be a difficult color to find but now its more available. In the beginning, I found it to be a little brighter than what I was used to, but I quickly found it to be flattering next to my skin and hair. I like to wear it with a variety of browns, light airy greens, teals, and deep reds,

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