2016 Color of the Year: A Fashionista’s Guide

2015 is finally coming to a close and it’s time to make plans for 2016. To begin with, color trend forecaster Pantone has recently announced its Color of the Year for 2016. For the first time, it’s not one, but two – and it’s a boy and a girl! Are you excited about this soothing combination dubbed Rose Quartz and Serenity?
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Rose Quartz is gentle like a sunset, while Serenity is airy like the blue sky.

At first glance, the two colors gave me a feeling of gender differentiation. But instead of putting them against one another, Pantone tends to blend them into one, with the warm soft pink embracing the colder (but still friendly) pastel blue. Explaining the choice, Pantone stated: “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur… This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity”.

So instead of treating them as two separate colors, Pantone’s intention really was to let the color couple work together to promote visual, mental and social harmony.


Pantone has also chosen these colors for Spring 2016


A glance at the previous Colors of the Year

Another important point to note is that compared to 2015’s Marsala, Rose Quartz and Serenity lean towards refreshing, youthful and cute – which is YesStyle’s forte! Here are a few ways to rock the two colors:

Pink + Denim:
If you have a fluffy pink coat, sensible options for matching are white pants, a gray tweed dress or a suede skirt. But as a unisex dress code gets more and more popular, it may be better to switch to soft-hued denim. It could be a pink long cardi with pale skinny denims, or a denim cap with pink fleece applique.

As Pantone has mentioned in its report, “Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation… Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy.” Try experimenting with different materials. You’ll realize that the pink-blue combo isn’t all that hard to master!

Pink + Other Shades of Blue:
I’ve discovered that Rose Quartz seems to be more emphasized for 2016. Out of the 30 designers featured in the Pantone’s Top 10 Colors Report SS16, 17 have used Rose Quartz in their designs, while only seven have used Serenity. Luckily, Rose Quartz also matches well with other shades of blue such as peacock, aqua, baby blue, lilac and navy.

Want more tips on how to wear pink in winter? See here and here!

Other Complementary Colors:
Though you’re encouraged to use both colors simultaneously in your outfit, it’s not a must. Pantone has suggested other buddies to each diva. According to the report, Rose Quartz is meant to go well with Peach Echo and Lilac Gray, while Serenity teams well with Peach Echo, Snorkel Blue and Buttercup. Designers in the report have also used Iced Coffee, Fiesta and Snorkel Blue to match Rose Quartz, and Limpet Shell to match Serenity.