Dress: $49.99 dorldornyc.com
Shoes: $24.99 (last season on sale) Zara.com
Bag: $399 Furla.com
Photo: Nando Pro
Now that spring is upon us, its time to embrace the warmer weather, open toe shoes, flower blossoms and brighter colors. In particular the beautiful harmony of fuschia, purple and pink undertones know as Radiant Orchid which eminates great joy, love and health and was also named as the 2014 “Color of the Year” by the Pantone Color Institute. “Radiant Orchid blooms with confidence and magical warmth that intrigues the eye and sparks the imagination. It is an expressive, creative and embracing purple—one that draws you in with its beguiling charm” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Radiant Orchid’s rosy undertones radiate on the skin, producing a healthy glow when worn by both men and women. It’s vibrant hue is a sure attention grabber but for those timid dressers or wall flowers, it can easily be mixed into your wardrobe in a natural and organic way.
Perfect for the warmer spring and summer months ahead of us, it makes a statement, and it’s feminine while still being extremely bold. Here are some quick tips on how to style Radiant Orchid:
· -Dare to be Bold
Radiant Orchid pairs perfectly with darker tones such as emerald green and amethyst for a more fall/winter look but adding a pop of brighter lime green or yellow will take you to spring/summer effortlessly. Because Radiant Orchid is essentially a mix of red and purple hues, its complementary color isn’t green or yellow but a mix of the two, yellow-green, aka lime green. Radiant Orchid’s complementary lime counter part can be styled with many different pieces, whether it’s an armparty or a shoe, this color combination is by far on of the easier ones to put together.
- Floral Prints
A huge Spring trend is floral prints, and radiant orchid is the perfect color to pair with almost any floral print!
· - Pair with Neutrals
Whenever your introducing a new color into your wardrobe its best to start with pieces that you can mix around and play with easily for example a top or bottom as opposed to a jacket or dress. Radiant Orchid pairs best with neutrals such as black and grey as well as crème. Style with black jeans, radiant orchid top and black leather jacket for a simple chic look
· - Wear it as a shoe
My second favorite obsession after armcandy is shoes! I just can’t get enough! To me shoes are the easiest and quickest way to totally transform an outfit. For instance for a more casual look a pair of jeans and sneaker, but for an instant glam look , just pop on a heel (radiant orchid in color of course!)
· - A Handbag
A bright colored bag is a great way to accessorize any outfit and truly make a statement. One of my all time favorite bags is this Furla bag pictured here. It was kind of an impulse buy as I was waiting for a flight at the Rome airport, but one of the best purchase I have ever made. I love to wear it with a casual jeans look or an all black dinner look, it adds a perfect pop of color and certainly makes a statement
· - Nails/Lips
A modern and surprisingly versatile shade, Radiant Orchid enlivens the skin, making all who wear it feel more healthy and energetic. Blending both cool and warm undertones, purple is an appealing hue for distinctive combinations and flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. This multifaceted hue is seductive when combined with red and pairs well with its sister shades of lavender, purple and pink, which provides an assortment of lipstick and blush options. Bright lips definitely make a bold statement. In the beauty department, I like to pick a feature to focus on and stop while I’m ahead. Violet lips can be fun if you let the mouth take center stage. Consider passing on the heavy eye makeup and even opting for glasses instead. For more tips on incorporating radiant orchid into your beauty routine, check out some of the BeautyXBracelets beauty experts here!
YSL Rogue Pur Couture lipstick, $35
- Radiant Orchid for Interiors
Spruce up interior spaces by incorporating this eye-catching hue in paint, accent pieces and accessories. As adaptable as it is beautiful, Radiant Orchid complements olive and deeper hunter greens, and offers a gorgeous combination when paired with turquoise, teal and even light yellows.
.Likewise, the vibrant color is sure to liven up neutrals including gray, beige and taupe. Uplifting and bold without being overpowering, Radiant Orchid reenergizes almost any color palette and provides a unifying element for diverse spaces. For more tips of styling your interiors with Radiant Orchid check out our Inter Design Expert Catherine Lamarca Interiors.