This is the last radiant orchid post for January’s ‘How She’d Wear It’ and I don’t know about you but January flew by for me! I’m really excited to move on to February’s ‘How She’d Wear It’ but hopefully over the last month you have learned how to incorporate Pantone’s color of the year into your wardrobe. No matter the shade, there are infinite ways to make radiant orchid work for you. So this winter, even if you keep waking up to a car buried snow and 10 degree weather, try to fit in a little radiant orchid; a bit of this color goes a long way to brightening up any look, and providing some much needed warmth (even if it’s only visual).
I came across this awesome Alice + Olivia miniskirt and knew it needed to be used for radiant orchid month. It instantly reminded me of Lydia from MTV’s Teen Wolf who has been sporting cropped tops and high-waisted mini skirts with booties. If you’re not used to wearing high-waisted skirts, you might feel like you’re exposing a little too much booty, but don’t worry, I promise this skirt is PG-13 at worst. While it’s still chilly, stick with tights and a moto jacket, when the weather gets warmer you can shed some layers and wear heeled sandals and bare legs. Cream, white, tan all look fantastic with radiant orchid. I added some black but kept it warm and complimentary to the neutral colors by choosing black pieces that feature gold – the bracelet, the hardware on the Coach purse.
One of the easiest pairings other than neutrals for radiant orchid are other shades of purple. Using colors from the same family tree without being too similar makes the brights brighter and the darks richer without clashing. Rockin’ a dress like this with a neutral or a complimentary bright could wash out the radiant orchid, while wearing black just wouldn’t be quite as fun. Using all shades of purple that are red or pink based (vs. blue) keeps the pieces complimentary without looking color blocky. This hyper feminine ballerina dress calls for accessories with a little edge, particularly for date night. Adding a structured jacket and a statement necklace keeps this look from being too formal or too pixie.
– Julia of Style and Cheek