Orchid: Color of the Year


Is it purple or is it pink? I well remember this discussion one year at Girl’s Camp. You’ve got to love those in between colors –and Radiant Orchid, the color of the year, is one of them.

You may be wondering what I am talking about. Well, let me fill you in! Every year, Pantone, a color forecasting company, collects data from fashion shows, interior decorating shows, and other color-reliant industries, and predicts the colors that will be “in” for the season, and for the year. For 2013, the “color of the year” was emerald, and for 2014, it’s orchid. This dynamic is really interesting, because society influences Pantone’s color forecast, and Pantone in turn, influences society.

But, enough about that –I’d like to talk about how to add orchid to your wardrobe and your life without going overboard. Here’s 3 quick suggestions:

1. Makeup –A quick way to help you stay current with color trends is to buy a lipstick or blush in orchid. Just about every line at Walmart has this color in stock, and your department store is sure to have it as well. Pearls and Paris has an excellent beauty review on an orchid lip color by Maybelline, Fuschia Flourish.

2. Accessory –Choosing a belt, necklace, is a quick way to add some orchid pop to your wardrobe! Instead of making a heavy investment on a passing color (like in a suit, expensive jacket, or other wardrobe staple), you can flirt with the color with something more inexpensive and temporary.

3. Umbrella –Lastly, one super excellent way to add orchid to your life, is to choose an umbrella in the color of the year. Help light up that gray sky with your brand new umbrella!

I hope I’ve inspired you to try out the color of the year, Radiant Orchid. I know you’ll look fantastic!

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