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Pantone Colors of the Year 2016

As 2015 is nearing its finale, the entire fashion industry is curious about the Pantone color for the coming year. While the deep, rich and earthy Marsala ruled all of this year’s trends, 2016 is more about peace and warmth. For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity – have been chosen as the Pantone color of the year!

pantone color of the year

Given the current modern-day stress and fast life, consumers everywhere are seeking mindfulness and greater well-being. Joined together, these two hues strike the perfect balance between a warm, embracing pink with a cooler tranquil blue. Not only that, this dynamic duo also challenges traditional perceptions of color association, with rose being considered a feminine color and blue being assigned to masculinity.

In many parts of the world, there is an ongoing gender blur, especially in fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout key areas of design. This broader approach to color is coinciding with movements such as gender equality and fluidity as well as LGBT pride. Ours is a generation that is hardly concerned about being typecast or judged, hence making it easier to welcome such positive changes!


If you’re looking to add these colors to your wardrobe to bring in 2016 in style, we have some ideas!

Break Gender Barriers

Since the underlying theme behind picking these two colors is the growing popularity of gender neutrality, we encourage you to be a tad more adventurous while shopping. Men, go ahead and buy that pink dress shirt or polo tee you know will look amazing on you. If you’re not too comfortable with that, invest in a pink tie, bow tie or pocket square. Of course, the ladies are already open to blue, so the possibilities are endless!

Two’s a Party

Why not have some fun and add both colors to your closet? Maybe, you could don a rose skater dress with blue stiletto heels. Why restrict your choices to clothing? A blue gemstone neck-piece with a rose blouse would look fabulous. You can even consider applying pink eye shadow while wearing a blue pantsuit or vice versa. Do keep it subtle while at work though. A light pink lipstick would work just fine instead of going all out with flashy eyes.

Mix and Match

Whether it’s matte, metallic or glossy, as both these shades are appealing in all finishes, it’s extremely easy to wear them with other shades. You can pair them up effortlessly with rich hues like greens, purples, browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. If you’re someone who’s all about the glitz and sparkle, make a statement by adding a touch of silver or hot bright!

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