How to Wear 2016 Pantone's Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

How to Wear 2016 Pantone's Color(s) of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity
Photo: Pantone

Photo: Pantone

For the first time, Pantone has introduced the blending of two colors,  Rose Quartz and Serenity, as Color of the Year for 2016. They are making their entrance in a big way: being a first at sharing the spot light. 

The two seamlessly blend together and are the perfect pair for Spring and Summer this year. About a year and a half ago, I saw a blazer from Torrid in this beautiful rose-y pink shade and I instantly knew it was going to be a staple in my closet. Sure enough, Pantone picks it up as one of their colors of the year, sharing the stage with a beautiful pale blue. 

The two shades are perfect alone but are even better together. They are not overpowering, yet they compliment each other just enough to make a statement without obviously declaring you are wearing paint card samples you swiped from Home Depot. 

If you aren't sure of how to wear either color (or both), start in small doses. The blue can seem scary, even with the name like "serenity", so if you are not one for a ton of color, use that shade in accessories. Wear it as a polish, a great handbag, or even a great pair of pumps. It will add the perfect amount if you are still trying to figure out how to incorporate different shades of colors into your wardrobe without completely committing to such a drastic change. 

The rose quartz sounds intimidating--rose or quartz, what are you?! Really, it is just any shade on either spectrum of pale pink; you can go a little darker or a little lighter--anywhere within that realm. I LOVE this shade and I love this shade in any article of clothing. It is such a feminine yet sophisticated shade, without being too juvenile or calling too much on "ballerina" or "Pretty, Pretty, Princess".  It is perfect in blazers (i.e. the aforementioned blazer that found its forever home in my closet), nail polishes, eyeshadows, blushes, lipsticks, pumps, a great pair of ponte pants, flats...the list goes on. You can do the same with this shade as with the blue if you are still unsure of how to incorporate color into your wardrobe. 

Photo: Polyvore Set Untitled #20, The MakeUp of Beauty

Photo: Polyvore Set Untitled #20, The MakeUp of Beauty

This is a set I created to show how to incorporate the two shades together--you can wear them as shown or you can keep everything basic and neutral, and go with a pop of color in either the hand bag or the blazer. 

Whatever you do, do it so that it makes you feel good--not what I or anyone else says. This is meant just as a guide to give you some ideas to see how you can play with color in fashion and to not be afraid. There are no rules. If you feel good in it, nothing will stand in your way.