New Year, New Color Trends

It’s all about color this week on the blog.  Yesterday we talked about how to use the color wheel to perfect your skin on even the worst skin days.

Now that we have perfect skin, let’s move on to what to wear!

the 2016 color of the year…. Rose quartz and serenity

Yes, that’s right, this year there are two colors.

Pantone Color of the Year 2016

Pantone is the world renowned authority on color.  Each year, Pantone choses a color to represent a snap shot reflecting the current status of our culture.  These colors are then picked up in design trends, fashion textiles and make-up trends.

Remember last year that the super saturated Oxblood-like color, “Marsala,” was popular?  We saw Marsala in clothes, shoes, bridesmaids dresses, and lipstick.

What’s so special about this year, is that there are two colors representing a fluid culture becoming more at peace with gender equality.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage. –

For the first time Pantone introduces two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.  —

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year

So how do we style these two beauties?

They will both blend nicely with all skin tones.  On lighter skin, pink undertones will shine and on darker skin, they will act as a complimentary opposite.

Let’s see some examples of how to use them within a color pallet.

2016 Pantone Colors of the Year Pallets

With all of these options available, you will surely be able to work these colors into your style in a flattering way.

I prefer #1 because I’m still in love with the darker saturated shades of maroon, such as “fig” shown in the first pallet.

Styling the Pantone 2016 color of the year
Here, I’ve used rose quartz in the top and paired it with a variance of shades of red. The purple sunglasses and purple chair really bring out the red and pink.

Get inspired and go for it in 2016!


Kate Thakkar

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