2016 Pantone Color of The Year


After the wild ride that was 2015, it’s nice to ease into 2016 with a bit of calm and tranquility… or how about some Rose and Serenity!?

For the first time ever, the foremost authority on color, Pantone selected TWO shades on which to bestow the honor: 2016 Pantone Color Of The Year. Rose Quartz (a muted shade of pink) and Serenity (an almost periwinkle blue) are the big winners and in 2016 you’ll be seeing the color duo run their victory lap through fashion, beauty and interior design.


The colors are a slight departure from the bold hues Pantone has been favoriting lately — remember Marsala in 2015 or 2014’s Radiant Orchid? Both 2016 colors are soft and pretty on their own, but perfectly complimentary when melded together.

They just might be the easy injection of color a neutral-heavy winter wardrobe needs!

1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6 // 7 // 8 (under $40!!!) // 9 // 10 (I am obsessed with this dress — it’s such a cool cut!) // 11 // 12 // 13 // 14 // 15 (a subtle shot of pink in an otherwise classic pair of shades) // 16 // 17 // 18 // 19 // 20 // 21 // 22 (currently 25% OFF with code: EXTRA)

When styling pastel washes of color you have a few options to play with:

  1. Monochromatic
    We’ve talked about going monochrome a few times now and the same rules apply when working with pastels as neutrals. The key to pulling off a monochrome look is texture. From chunky knits, to suedes and leathers, an assortment of textures keeps the outfit from looking like one big blob of color and keeps the visual interest strong.

  2. Compliment with neutrals
    If head-to-toe rose or serenity is not in the cards for you, a soft camel, cream or grey is a great compliment to the muted pastel tones. As long as the textures are cold weather appropriate, this is a great way to break out of your dark winter rut and get some color into your wardrobe.

  3. Be bold with contrasting hues
    Not for the faint of heart, but absolutely beautiful and eye catching when done correctly. Pair your rose quartz with a deep burgundy or army green — it sounds strange but looks stunning! If you’re more of a blue gal, an electric yellow or bright melon looks amazing against the muted serenity. Trust me on this one…

What do YOU think about Pantone’s color picks?


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