Pantone’s Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity

Jacqueline Wells

Each year, with its finger on the pulse of current cultural buzz, Pantone selects a Color of the Year to represent and lead the fashion world’s latest trends. Their of-the-moment choice for 2016? For the first time, two hues were awarded the honor: Rose Quartz and Serenity.

These calming, complimentary hues are subtle, but pack a big message: gender parity is here to stay, and the fashion world is ready to dress its concerned constituents.

According to Pantone, their choice coincides “with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.”

Whether you’re politically-minded or simply a fan of the chosen shades, here’s how you can work them into your wardrobe.

Don’t overdo it. Part of the allure of these hues is their subtlety. Rather than reaching for a single item that incorporates both hues, wear separate pieces in each color. An easy way to play with the trend? Accessories like shoes and scarves will keep you current without breaking the bank, and can take you through multiple seasons.

Pantone's Color of the Year
Natori Feathers Contour Plunge Bra

Mix and match. Whether it’s your purse and shoes or your bra and panties, play with fun ways to incorporate both shades. Don’t be afraid to branch out from anything too matchy-matchy for a fresh, on-trend look.

Wear it your way. Afraid to embrace a trend for fear that your latest fashion investment will become passé? Choose a classic item, like a sheath dress or leather satchel, in either hue for a trendy update you can still wear for years. These colors are both universally flattering, so you’re bound to find something you love.

Pantone's Color of the Year
Amanda Rich Bias Cut Satin T-Shirt Gown

Put it to bed. Slip into one of these calming shades just in time to get some shut-eye. Try an Amanda Rich satin T-shirt gown or a Hanro plush wrap robe for a soothing night’s sleep full of peaceful dreams.

2016 is sure to be full of new ideas, and your wardrobe is no exception. As you hone your personal style, these chic pastels are a great way to play with fresh new colors.