Adios Emerald Green! The Pantone Color Institute has named Radiant Orchid 2014′s Color of the Year. So what exactly is Radiant Orchid you might ask? It’s a mix of purple, fuchsia with pinkish undertones. It’s a really pretty color in my opinion. Best of all, it’s universally flattering, so it goes great on almost all skin tones. Since Pantone’s predictions are watched closely by designers, chances are you’ll be seeing a lot of this color this year from shoes, handbags to clothes. And seriously, with all this talk about the Polar Vortex, who couldn’t use a bit of color in their wardrobe?
Scroll through to check out some of my favorite radiant orchid pieces you might want to add to your wardrobe pronto!
Are you excited to try this color?
Radiant Orchid Blouse 1 of 8
Go bold with this beautiful blouse in Radiant Orchid. It would look super chic paired with black skinny jeans. I can see myself wearing this blouse everywhere this spring.
Available at The Outnet, $73
Radiant Orchid Ballet Flats 2 of 8
Take baby steps in adding this bright hue to your wardrobe with a pair of shoes like these. They look extra comfy and I love the crocodile texture. I'm all about flats anytime I take my 12-month old to his playdates and these are a total must-have.
Available at Amazon, $99
Radiant Orchid Handbag 3 of 8
Another easy way to add this color to your wardrobe is with a bag. It's definitely a stand-out piece and a great alternative to your traditional black bag.
Available at Bon-Ton, $118
Radiant Orchid Cardigan 4 of 8
I love this cardigan from Caribbean Joe. The gold buttons add a nice contrast and would make the perfect layering piece in your wardrobe. You can pair it with jeans or even a dress. Plus you can't beat the price--it's only $22 bucks!
Available at 6pm.com, $22
Radiant Orchid Nail Polish 5 of 8
What better way to experiment with this color than by adding it to your nails. This nail polish from Butter London is the perfect shade of Radiant Orchid.
Available at ButterLondon.com, $15
Radiant Orchid Statement Necklace 6 of 8
Radiant Orchid is the perfect color to add in a statement necklace. I love this one from Asos. It can easily take the most simplest of outfits from dull to interesting in seconds.
Available at Asos, $63
Radiant Orchid Sweater 7 of 8
Cozy up in this sweater from Madewell in Radiant Orchid. Pair it with some jeans and flats for a relaxed weekend look.
Available at Madewell, $69.99
Radiant Orchid Classic Pump 8 of 8
The perfect twist to your classic pumps. These pumps from Fergalicious are sure to bring a pop of color to your favorite pants or skirt. Plus they also work for the workplace.
Available at Macy's $54
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