Global colour authority Pantone has named “Radiant Orchid” as 2014’s colour of the year. It’s described as being a purple hue with pink and fuchsia undertones. Pantone’s colour predictions tend to be treated as gospel so you’ll definitely be seeing a lot of this purple hue in 2014. Despite being quite a bright and bold colour, it was said to have been chosen because it complements all skin tones. Embrace this purple hue and check out these different ways to wear 2014’s colour of the year.
Really make a statement in 2014’s colour of the year with a flippy mini dress. This stretch-jersey dress has an easy to wear design and can be dressed up or down. Team it with a blazer and brogues for a smart daytime look or glam it up with heels and cocktail jewellery at night. This particular dress by Splendid will set you back $160 but check your usual chain store suspects for more budget-friendly buys.
A playful purple sweater will inject some much needed colour into your winter wardrobe. Wear one with distressed denim for a casual look or dress it up with a grey wool skirt. This sweater by Chinti and Parker will burn a hole in your pocket at $460 but you can find more affordable purple sweaters at Nasty Gal and Old Navy.
This A-line skirt comes in a punchy purple-fuchsia hue. Wear it with a button up shirt, short wool coat, and polished loafers for a retro-inspired look. This skirt is by Diane von Furstenberg so will set you back a couple of hundred dollars. For more budget friendly buys, check out stores like ASOS and Dorothy Perkins.
Accessories are a great way of adding colour to an outfit, without going over the top. A chunky chain necklace, like this Topshop number, would make an on-trend addition to any outfit. It would look great worn with anything from a plain white t-shirt to a collared denim shirt.
Ditch the usual black and white sneakers and embrace a bit of colour. These classic Converse sneakers come in a punchy purple hue. They’d look great worn with a casual outfit of a slouchy sweater and skinny jeans.
A purple bag can be a chic addition to your outfit. Choose one in a sleek design and wear it with your daytime and nighttime outfits. This Proenza Schouler shoulder bag is very expensive at around $800 but you can find more budget-friendly buys by Steve Madden and JCPenney.
This purple backpack is perfect for taking to school or on a day trip. It has a classic design and features a fun floral print on the front pocket. The purple colour is also guaranteed to make you stand out from the crowd. You can purchase one of these Mi-Pac backpacks for around $30 from ASOS.
Are you fond of bold makeup looks? Then try a punchy purple lipstick on for size. Check out this Topshop lipstick in ‘Straight Ace’ for only $16. Also check out Lime Crime and Yves Saint Laurent for more purple lipsticks.
Add the subtlest hint of colour to your look with a purple hair accessory. This sleek metal barette is by Sylvain Le Hen and comes in a rich purple hue. You can also find purple hair accessories by American Apparel and Nordstrom.
A sporty watch is bound to add some athletic-inspired style to your outfit. This rubber watch by Nixon comes in a bright purple hue and would be a playful addition to your everyday outfits. Work a sport luxe vibe and wear it with a bomber jacket, skinny jeans, and sneakers.
Bright tights are a fun way to wear colour. These purple opaque tights would look great worn with patterned dresses and miniskirts. They’re $12 from Topshop and you can find similar coloured tights at American Apparel and Anthropologie.
These are just some ways to incorporate radiant orchid hues into your wardrobe. What do you think of 2014’s colour of the year? How would you incorporate this colour into your outfit?