How to Accessorize with Radiant Orchid

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid #pointsforpassions #fashionfriday

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Every year Pantone determines a “color of the year” that will dominate the color trends in all matters of style and design, and then all the bloggers scramble to be the first to write a post about how to wear the new color of the year. It’s taken me a while to get around to writing this obligatory post, but you may have noticed our Fashion Friday button was promptly change to reflect the newest color trend.

Oh yes, we are clever, aren’t we!???

I am quite fond of Radiant Orchid. It’s universally flattering, and it can be worn with so many different things. If you’re not one to wear a lot of purple and pink, you can easily integrate the color into your accessories. I love using accessories to try out a new trend because it doesn’t have to be as much of a commitment as buying articles of clothing, although accessories can certainly put a dent in the budget.

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Take a look at this gorgeous MICHAEL by Michael Kors Jet Set Leather Tote in Fuschia. It’s $248 at Nordstrom, which is a bit of a splurge for most budgets. But it is also available with Membership Rewards Points at ShopAmex.com (terms apply).

MICHAEL Michael Kors 'Jet Set' Leather Tote, Medium How to Accessorize with Radiant Orchid #pointsforpassions

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How to Accessorize with Radiant Orchid

Think nail polish, lipstick, handbags, shoes, boots and more! Even your iPhone case can be a nod to this year’s Pantone color of the year! It is definitely going to be my go-to nail polish color this summer.

How to Accessorize with Radiant Orchid #pointsforpassions

Pixi Wakeup Wisteria Nail Colour // L’Oreal® Colour Riche Lipstick in Miss Magenta // Merona® Emma Genuine Leather Flat in Fuschia // Tory Burch Robinson iPhone 5/5S Case in Royal Fuschia // Hunter Original High Gloss Rain Boots in Dark Ruby or Violet // Cashmere Blend Eyelash Wrap in Purple Atrium // MICHAEL by Michael Kors Jet Set Leather Tote in Fuschia

I tried to include both splurge items and budget items in this collection, but these are just ideas. The sky’s the limit when it comes to finding cute accessories in various shades of radiant orchid, so poke around on your favorite websites or keep an eye out when you’re at the mall. I didn’t find a ton of things using “orchid” as a search term. Often they’re called fuchsia or magenta.

What to Wear with Radiant Orchid

Wear radiant orchid accessories with neutrals — it goes well with gray tones, as well as black and white, of course. But consider pairing radiant orchid with colors such as navy or a dark plum, if you like to wear deep, bold tones. If you prefer lighter palettes, try radiant orchid with pink or spring green or even teal. When in doubt, wear radiant orchid with denim.

How to Wear Radiant Orchid #pointsforpassions

What is your favorite way to accessorize with radiant orchid? Are you participating in this new color trend??

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