Happy Friday Friends!!Today I am following up a bit on a recent post about the radiant orchid trend, color of the year. Pantone forecasts and influences decor and fashion, and this year's pick of radiant orchid is tricky to wear, at best. Chosen for its "magical warmth" , it is touted as an "expressive, creative and embracing purple". If only.
This color feels like a lukewarm dusty mauve. I am a fan of color and heretofore have liked their recent picks; last year was emerald-green, and who could argue with the brightest of precious gems!
This year's radiant orchid is anything but radiant. While it is an interesting and complex color , it is not one to complement one's skin tone. It is as though a lovely plum had been bioengineered with a brooding, dusty waft of charcoal. Splat! Result: a lively plum color goes flat and ghoulish.
There is some potential here though. One could wear radiant orchid in a skinny jean and top it off with a mint and white gingham check. This shade can be lovely as a color in a more vivid print. I love the orchid print dress in the collage, and that is a good example. This color would be good in a stripe, too if it had equal amounts of white. The etsy print featured in the collage works because white is added to the radiant orchid. You have to work with this color to make it wearable and flattering, and an extra task is something we do not need.
So my advice is to add some color to this and not wear radiant orchid head to toe. I would say it might be a fun nail color, too, but do not wear it on your face! I would opt for pink tones instead, choosing a plum with less gray, more white and red, and a lot more vibrance. That is how to be radiant in orchid! Check out the real flower if you don't believe me!
Here are some picks , with the links, in both pinkish orchid, and radiant orchid: