If you’ve overdosed on festive red, green and gold, colour respite comes in the form of Radiant Orchid.
“Expressive, exotic Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and warmth” Pantone
When Pantone announced its Colour of the Year 2014 there were some oohs and there were some ohs. Some of you will love it, some of you will not. Radiant Orchid is not strictly purple nor entirely pink, it is a pinky-purple which can make it a tricky colour to define.
You don’t have to wear this colour, of course, but it will be everywhere in clothes, make-up and accessories this year so if you want to try it out, here’s how…
How to wear it
This shade has mostly cool undertones so it will flatter some complexions and not others. You will know the instant you put it next to your face whether it works for you or not. The easiest way for most people to wear Radiant Orchid is as an add-on colour rather than head-to-toe.
If you have a cool skin tone you can wear Radiant Orchid on its own. How much of it you can wear in your outfit will depend on your personality and other characteristics in your colouring. You can mix and match it with other shades in your colour palette too; wear it with your pinks for an elegant and feminine tone-on-tone look. For a bolder look, wear it with stronger colours in your palette such as vivid red or bright violet. Radiant Orchid will brighten up your work wardrobe nicely when you team it with your neutrals such as grey, navy or black.
Those of you with a warm skin tone ideally want to wear this shade away from your face and mix it with warm shades. Purple is a perfect match for Radiant Orchid as it is a universal colour, meaning that there is a shade to suit everyone. Find your best purple and make it the feature colour in your outfit and keep Radiant Orchid as your add-on colour. For a more dramatic look, combine it with lime, red, or emerald green (Pantone Colour of the Year 2013). For some of you, Radiant Orchid will mix well with your neutral shades such as taupe or brown, but do not wear it with black grey or navy. To avoid looking dated, mix it with a contrasting colour such as green pumpkin or orange.
You also need to consider the fabric as different materials create a different effect. If you have a softer, more muted colouring with very little contrast between your hair, eye and skin colour, then you want to keep your colours softer, so go for matt fabrics .or something with a textured surface like a knit, tweed or velvet.
If you have a striking contrast between your eyes and hair – bright eyes and dark hair – you need to make Radiant Orchid look brighter to complement your natural colouring. You can wear this colour with vibrant shades in your palette, such as emerald green, bright red or fuchsia (depending whether you have cool or warm skin tones). Alternatively, choose a garment in a light reflecting fabric such as satin or silk.
Finally, the shade is undeniably feminine, so either use it sparingly via statement accessories or pick out boxy or boyish pieces to offset the uber-girliness.