Pantone's Color of the Year 2014

by lauren atkinson


The great thing about the holidays being over is that everyone gets back into the spirit of fashion! Sometimes during the holiday seasons, heels are traded in for comfy socks and slippers and great looking denim is swapped out for sweats. It's not about being lazy: the holidays have more important things going on, like spending time with the family and cooking delicious meals. Sure, there are still ways to make lounge look chic :D

But after the holidays, there is the precedence to start thinking about the new year. New Year's isn't just a time to reset life goals: it's also a time to set the tone for the year fashion-wise! And what better way to do so then to check out what colors will be "in" for the entirety of 2014?!

Pantone recently announced their Color of the Year for 2014: Radiant Orchid. When I first saw what it was, I must admit I was a bit skeptical. If you step into my wardrobe, you'll notice lots of dark tones and neutrals, so the idea of something vibrant and near-flourescent rattles me a bit. And then I started hunting through my cosmetics. And guess what, I guess "Radiant Orchid" isn't so bad after all. . . I found plenty of the color family in some of my favorite products. Plus, cosmetics and accessories are the perfect way for someone that is leery of color to incorporate it into a look! 

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So what am I eyeing now that I've fallen for this purple-pink hue? Of course, lots of makeup and bags! If I were to purchase any of these items, how great would they look along side a grey skirt or black pants to add a bit of warmth and color? 

(Clockwise from top left) 1. 'Venus' Satchel by Furla, $548 2. MAC Pressed Pigment in 'Amethyst', $21 3. Clear Conscious Clutch in 'Transparent Noir', $37 at Karmaloop 4. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Jo' Mina', $24 5. Vivi Indexer by Vince Camuto, $78 6.MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glass in 'Narcissus', $21 7. DUDU Wallet in 'Garnet', $93 8. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Stance', $24

(Clockwise from top left)
1. 'Venus' Satchel by Furla, $548
2. MAC Pressed Pigment in 'Amethyst', $21
3. Clear Conscious Clutch in 'Transparent Noir', $37 at Karmaloop
4. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Jo' Mina', $24
5. Vivi Indexer by Vince Camuto, $78
6.MAC Tropical Taboo Cremesheen Glass in 'Narcissus', $21
7. DUDU Wallet in 'Garnet', $93
8. Illamasqua Nail Varnish in 'Stance', $24

What is so appealing about this color is that it really would look chic year-round. In summer it'll be the bright shade in a floral-printed top and winter it'll be a great addition as a scarf alongside a classic peacoat. 

In what ways might you use this color in 2014?