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Purple has always been my favourite colour.  Though I wear it significantly less than I wear other colours (hello, black), there is something that makes me gravitate towards any shade of purple, whether lilac, lavender or indigo.  So, when Pantone announced their Colour of the Year 2014 as Radiant Orchid, I was pretty excited.  It is a vivid mix of purple, pink and fuchsia –  a colour that is bold and forces you to take notice of it, yet somehow is still warm and inviting.

Though it is a beautiful colour complimentary on any skin tone, you can go overboard with Radiant Orchid and run the risk of looking like a monochromatic mess as model Coco Rocha does below.  In fact, wear too much of one non-neutral colour in your outfit and you risk looking like Queen Elizabeth or similar grandmother-like lady who lunches.  A definite don’t!

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid, Coco Rocha

If you are mixing in a true colour like Radiant Orchid into your wardrobe, it’s best to include it in one feature piece and keep everything else about your outfit neutral.  For example, Amy Adams chose a floral print tea-length dress in shades of Radiant Orchid for a pre-Oscar luncheon.  She complimented the dress with neutral accessories and make-up, avoiding any risk of looking like a lady who lunches.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid, Amy Adams

Mixing in pieces in Pantone’s Colour of the Year is always a fun way to pep up your wardrobe for the season.  My favourite of the pieces I curated below is the Butter London Nail Lacquer in Molly Coddled.  It’s a beautiful spin on Radiant Orchid that would compliment any skin tone and work for any occasion.

Pantone Colour of the Year 2014, Radiant Orchid

(from top left) Wildfox SunglassesRiver Island Peacock Box ClutchManolo Blahnik Ianc Cutout PumpChinti and Parker SweaterButter London Nail Lacquer in Molly CoddledLydia Courteille Rose Gold Multi-stone EarringsMarc Jacobs Style Eye-Con No. 7Issa Royal Engagement Wrap DressVera Wang Lovestruck Floral Rush

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