Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2014 in the usual flush of excitement and fanfare. Pantone is THE authority on all things related to color. So, drumroll please…the color for 2014 is RADIANT ORCHID!!!
While I think this is a lovely color, will this be a color that most women and men can relate to??? I combed my closet to see if I already owned any Radiant Orchid. I came up with a work out top, that someone gave to me. While I don’t have anything against Radiant Orchid, it is not the first (or second, or third, etc) color that I would reach for. I then started to think about my clients and whether this would speak to any of their sartorial leanings. The answer is not really, except for maybe one client. She tends towards softer colors and never wears black! So, that begs the question of whether just because a color has the designation of ‘color of the year’, do we try to incorporate it into our wardrobes?
There are a lot of other ways to wear Radiant Orchid besides a dress, top or jeans. Why not a Orchid colored handbag or clutch? What about an purple hued pair of ballet flats or other kind of shoe? Don’t forget that the beauty industry is also influenced by Pantones color forecasts. Radiant Orchid is a great color for makeup. What about a beautiful blush or eye shadow in this years’ color?
The color board above gives some other ways to wear this sometimes difficult hue. Take a look at the other colors in the 2014 fashion forecast this year. I can really relate to Celosia Orange, Cayenne and Hemlock below. So will anyone really care if I opt for a blush in the color of the year instead of a statement piece? Probably not! What do you think of Radiant Orchid, 2014 color of the year? C’mon, don’t be shy…