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How to wear: Radiant Orchid

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Monday, 9 December 2013

How to wear: Radiant Orchid


Generally speaking, purple is one of my more favorite colours. However, the minute it starts fading into what is widely considered as lilac, my admiration of it starts fading as well. Suffice to say that I have only ever once owned anything in lilac. And that was circa 1992. And it's highly unlikely I'll ever own anything in that shade again. 

So when I saw Pantone's colour of the year for 2014, I was a bit taken aback. Pantone is, for those not in the know, the go-to source for colour inspiration and forecasts, be it for fashion, graphic design, home trends, you name it. Every year, round this time, a colour is touted as the 'it' colour for the following year. 2013 saw emerald and me in jubilation; 2014 sees radiant orchid, and me in complete bafflement. 

I want to like this colour - I love the flower itself and in that colour - but I can't somehow get beyond my lilac phobia. In all fairness, lilac is on the 'cold' side of the spectrum, whereas orchid is 'warmer' since it has more pink in it. This may help me overcome my fear, as I generally wear warm colours better. 

In this baffled state I find myself in, I've come up with this mood board for inspiration. After all, there is no need to wear radiant orchid (or any other colour, for that matter) from head to toe (really, please, don't ever do that, unless it's different shades of the same colour!). Radiant orchid can be the dominant colour in a pattern, a shade in an iridescent accessory, a nail polish or even the tint of your sunglasses' shades. It is a colour that can well be complemented with other muted-yet-bold colours like an acqua or lemon, or paired classically, yet sexily with animal print. I may have actually just given myself a couple of outfit ideas there ... 

Maybe radiant orchid will find a space in my wardrobe after all ... 

How to wear: Radiant Orchid

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