Radiant Orchid

January 26, 2014

Zara Double-breasted Wool Coat (last worn here) | Zara High Neck Sweater with Strass | c/o Chicwish Full A-line Midi Skirt in Violet (also available in green) | J. Crew Cashmere-lined Leather Gloves (this year's version here) | The Cambridge Satchel Company 13" Satchel | Charles David Pompadour Pumps
Allow me some artistic license to label this vibrant shade of violet "Radiant Orchid" because I have an irrational need to partake in Pantone's 2014 Color of the Year.

The color featured on the Pantone website is what a laywoman like me would call "pinker lavender," but generally speaking colors of the year tend to span a vast swath of the color map. And I happened to like this pinkish purple better than that pinkish purple.
Here's how I intend to wear the color (and in the coming months you might see me experiment with some of these combinations): with neutrals I am really drawn to gray, black, and cream as potential pairing mates; for higher contrast I see it complementing turquoise or cobalt well. I'd also like to try the color with houndstooth or charcoal pinstripe prints.

In recent years I deliberately shy away from bright colors in large chunks because I personally don't carry them well (a classic case of the color overpowering the person) but find that darker compound colors tend to be less ostentatious than their pastel or fluorescent counterparts.
How would you wear this color?

And to rehash the announcement at the top of the page:

Ann Taylor is running a great sale (perhaps its best in recent memory): Get 65% off sale items (no code needed) and 50% off full-price tops with code TOPS50.

My picks (there are so many! Sizes were aplenty the last time I checked): Lacey Leather Cap Toe Booties, Crystal Cascade Statement Necklace, Pearlized Boatneck Top, Stretch Twill Straight Leg Pants, Striped Cotton Long Sleeve Tee, Pave Bow Delicate Necklace, Bow Front Cap Sleeve Shell, Park Stripe Side Zip Sweater, Silk Blouse, Colorblocked Tote, Polka Dot Silk Scarf, Crepe Crossover 3/4 Sleeve Dress, Two Tone Leather Belt, Carrie Suede Bow Pumps, Eryn Leather Kitten Heels, Dot Print Haircalf Turn Lock Belt, Harrington Satin Jewel Smoking Loafers, Lace Bow Peplum Top, Emerson Leather Wedge Booties, Hydrangea Scarf, Lace Bow Tee, Pearlized Collar Shirt, and Phoebe Chunky Heel Tall Leather Boots.

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  1. Absolutely adoring your skirt, it's such a rich color :)


  2. Excited as soon as I saw the words Pantone! I have not yet partaken in the color trend, but I have been compiling as much Radiant Orchid as I can find on Luvocracy until then. ;)


    1. Love your Luvocracy collection on this...now contemplating a coat in that color! :)

  3. I could never pull off long skirts but you did it flawlessly <3
    love it


  4. Your skirt is such a cute color!

  5. Grey and deep red, what a wonderful color combination! I absolutely love the midi skirt and how you combined it w/ that grey sweater. Happy Monday!

  6. This is definitely something I would consider radiant orchid as well! I think you paired this skirt really well. It looks fantastic with the muted greys.


  7. Love the sweater, and I am so in love with the fact that radiant orchid is the color of the year! Can't wait for all the beautiful things to be made in that color!



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