After the past 2 weeks of relaxed holiday fun, family time, elastic waistbands and no makeup — it’s SO nice to be back. Over the (very, very cold) holiday break, I took some time to think about what I wanted to accomplish in 2018. The year has only just started and already I feel as though it’s going to be one of those crazy years full of landmark events and hopefully, great things ahead.
It only makes sense to set the tone for this New Year with something that impacts every facet of our lives: color. Color sets the mood in our homes (and our closets) and after what has been a trend towards a minimal aesthetic, I feel like the black and white world is waking up and leaning more technicolor.
There may be a lot of changes that come with each season, but one thing we can reliably turn to when everything else seems to be in flux in good ‘ole, reliable PANTONE.
The color wizards are about six months ahead of the seasonal game and give us that much appreciated heads up with each release of their most anticipated, seasonal, TOP 10 COLOR MUST HAVES. One of my favorite styling tricks to keep a wardrobe fresh and repurpose old favorites, is to create new color combinations that are both flattering and unexpected.
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!
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When styling pastel washes of color you have a few options to play with:
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.
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.
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…
Did you hear the buzz about the new 2015 Pantone Color of The Year?!
Move over Radiant Orchid, Marsala is the new color VIP in town. While this color announcement is just a blip on the screen of life for most people, you SHOULD get excited. C’mon, get excited, people. This is going to be THE color that influences fashion, art and design for the ensuing 12 months. Essentially, you’re going to be seeing a whole lot of it.
Is it brown? Is it red? Is it the color of the murky marsala mushroom sauce served with my chicken cutlet? An absolutely delicious entree, by the way. My impression of the hue is that it’s a rich, warm, raisin tone that’s ideal for the colder months, but will pair up in sartorial harmony with some unique pastels come spring/summer. BEYONCE is on board. We should be, too.
Prettier than expected, right? I’m just full of good surprises today.
What do YOU think about Pantone’s pick for 2015 Color of The Year?
I’m always on the hunt for new color combinations and ways to mix and match my existing wardrobe, so I was undeniably excited when I saw various shades of gray (no, not 50 shades!) paired up with a peppy tangerine. I loved how the gray helped transition the bright orange hue into fall-appropriate territory. It also had a bit of a casual, sporty vibe to it, which is totally my speed. Hello!?! An outfit that encourages sneakers?! Yes, please.
1) She may be a newer addition to the SNL lineup, but she’s already left her mark. Get the scoop on funny lady, Vanessa Bayer and all of her wack-a-doodle (that should be an official technical term) characters. (refinery29.com)
2) While the skies may be cold and grey, your wardrobe doesn’t have to be. Here are “12 Color Combos to Try This Winter.” Still not feeling it? Dr. Stella prescribes a quick review of THIS recent post! (whowhatwear.com)
3) If you’re feeling a little skittish about testing out winter’s vampy new lip trend, ease into the burgundy pool with Clinique’s classic, Black Honey. You can’t go wrong with a product that sells every 3 minutes! (byrdie.com)
5) Have a room that is lacking depth and needs a serious color infusion? Try one of these overdyed rugs. Even better, they can easily camouflage the worst stains. With two kids, you gotta think ahead! (rugsusa.com)
6) There are full websites and blogs devoted to this ridiculously simple dish. Avocado Toast is taking the cyber-world (and foodie community) by storm. Get in on the food that has Instagram a-buzz with this beyond easy recipe. (joannagoddard.blogspot.com)