Radiant Orchid: Pantone's Color of the Year

Every December, the authority on color, Pantone, announces the color we can expect to see the following year on just about every item we can possibly buy.  Pantone provides color forecasts to many industries including home design, fashion, beauty, graphic design and product packaging.

This year, the Pantone color of the year is radiant orchid, a pinkish purple described as, “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones.” 

“Radiant orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health.”

Start looking for it and you will see this pinkish purple show up in your favorite stores via fashion, beauty and interior design. Everything from nail polish, shoes, accessories, home décor, you name it.  The Knot has even published 7 Registry Picks In Pantone’s Radiant Orchid, including a radiant orchid Keurig machine!


I love this color on both men and women - maybe even especially on men.  There’s something about men wearing pastels that boasts a certain confidence…  And if you have green eyes, all the better.  Radiant orchid complements green beautifully.

Experiment with this fun pop color in makeup and accessories if you don’t want to commit to wearing it head to toe.  It will feel like a tiny dose of spring, long before the weather breaks!

Jill is a personal stylist and beauty expert who appears regularly on WPRI’s The Rhode Show (weekdays at 9am). For help developing your own personal style, dressing for your body type, cleaning out your closet, and personal shopping, contact Jill or visit www.jmstylist.com to learn more.