Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to Wear Pantone's Color of the Year

Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to wear it (30+ Easy Tips)

Pantone’s color for 2014 is a vibrant, bright purple with pink and fuchsia undertones called Radiant Orchid.  It’s taken the creative world by storm – and it’s no wonder.  This vivid hue is known for encouraging innovation and creativity.  If you’d like to imbue your fashion choices with these qualities, but aren’t sure where to start, have no fear!  There are many simple ways to slide this bright color into your normal wear.  Our How to Wear Radiant Orchid Gallery is chock full of specific ideas, but here are some tips to start:

Try this bold color for some of your wardrobe essentials – such as layering t’s or camis.  Skinny jeans are still the go to pant for everyday wear, a perfect-fitting pencil skirt  is a must in your closet and a cute cocktail dress can’t steer you wrong.  Bold colors for some of your staples will break up the monotony of neutrals.

If this bright hue is too much for your everyday springtime garb, grab a spring coat instead.  Springtime coats come in different varieties – trenches, blazers or fleeces for starters – and a bold coat is fabulous – especially as we transition to brighter, warmer weather.

Still not convinced?  Ease into Radiant Orchid by trying it out in combination with other, softer colors in a print or pattern.  Stripes and dots are classic, floral is still very popular and plaid is on the rise.  Using a bright color in a pattern can give it a more subtle quality that won’t overwhelm the clothes.

Can’t quite get on board?  No problem.  Radiant Orchid is an awesome option for any number of simple, daily accessories that can work to complete an outfit.  Try a statement necklace, or if that’s still too much, go with a smaller bracelet or earrings.  Lightweight scarves are fabulous in Spring when the weather can be a little unpredictable and you always need a purse, tote or clutch.  Don’t forget shoes as well!  A bright pop of color at the feet can freshen up a drab wardrobe without making you feel like a giant raspberry.

Need more help?  Check out the 30+ tips and ideas in the radiant orchid fashion slides above!


Favorite Short Sleeve V-Neck from Gap

Essential Henley from Anthropologie

Split Neck Tunic from Nordstrom

Sisley Sheer Back Button Blouse

Shabby Apple’s Bistro Blouse

Midnight Kiss Top by Shabby Apple

Scuba Peplum Top at JC Penny


Adriana Slimfit Jeans 

Tie-Dye Slimfit Jeans from Only

Sateen Cropped Pants at JC Penny


Vivacious and Vibrant Dress from Modcloth

Champagne at Midnight Dress from Modcloth.

A Vivid Addition from Modcloth

Besame Dress by Shabby Apple

Artelier Gardeur Pencil Skirt

Drapey Knit Maxi from Target


London Fog Heritage Trench Coat for Nordstrom

Freshmade Asymmetrical Fleece

More and More Blazer

Long Cardigan from Banana RepublicCute Collar Sweater from Downeast Basics

 Patterns and Prints:

florals: Cotton Candy Dress from Shabby AppleSomedays Lovin’ Ladyland Floral Pants from Urban OutfittersPurple Flower Bardot Midi Dress by ASOS, and H&M Jersey Leggings

dots: Keep Rolling Blouse from Downeast BasicsAcademy Skirt from Downeast Basics and Ciso Sheer Dotted Tunic

stripes:  Ponte Knit Dress in navy/orchid stripes from TargetStriped Peplum Top from Old Navy, and Chevron Stripe Slouch Hat from Beaded Wire (on etsy)

plaid: BDG Waterfall Tunic from urban outfitters and Lightweight Plaid Infinity Scarf from Gillion Million (on etsy)


Pernella Fun Heel from Target

Goldfish Wedge by Sperry Topsider

Singing Scales Flats – Modcloth

Wishful Walking Flat – Modcloth

Shauna Huarachi Sandal from Target


Deena and Ozzy Hammered Crossbody Bag from Urban Outfitters

Pipa Mini Crossbody Bag from JC Penny

Gathered Matte Satin Clutch from Dessy

BAGGU Leather Shopper Tote Bag by Urban Outfitters


Top: Amrita Singh Wooster Street NecklaceAnthropologie Tonique Dagger Drops, Vibrant Twill Scarf/Wrap from Newegg

Middle: Radiant Orchid Wood Stud Earrings from Paragraph Loop (on etsy), Isadora Bracelet by Shabby AppleAnthropologie Amethyst Bead Bracelet,

Bottom: Bright Magenta Beaded Earring and Necklace Set by Deeder the Beader (on etsy)Anthropologie Painter’s Plaid ScarfChained Resin Link Necklace from HSN

Radiant Orchid Fashion
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Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, Bloglovin’ and Instagram.

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