Ever heard of Pantone?
Well, if you’ve got even a pinkie on the pulse of fashion, then you’re very much aware of their secret meetings and the annual grand reveal of the Color of the Year.
As a style blogging newb, I was vaguely aware of this bit of industry arcanum, but it recently came to the forefront when I was introduced to Alex @ Undergraduate Style. It seems Alex was doing a weekly highlight of each of the 10 hues from the Pantone Color Report for Spring 2014, to culminate this week with a celebratory linkup beginning this Tuesday.
Now, I already knew all about Radiant Orchid (2014’s Color of the Year), but Alex clued me in to the rest of the lot via a lovely infographic, and wouldn’t you know: 10 colors. 5 pairs. 5 days of the work week.
I sensed a weekly theme coming on.
And since Anne @ Spy Girl is discombobulating me with her I Pity the (April) Fool/Mr. T as fashion muse challenge, I’ll gracefully bow out of that and focus instead on Alex’s. This week, then, my friends, I present to you Pantone Party 2014.
We kick off the week with Placid Blue and Violet Tulip.
I’m not gonna lie – I purposely purchased this skirt for this day because I really don’t own a lot of purple, and the purple I do own has more of a grape hue. So bad news: I shopped out of my closet. But good news: I bought it on eBay for a fairly reasonable price considering the brand name, and therefore, not only did I get a deal, I also get the opportunity to link up for Caitlin’s second hand soireé.
This is an out-of-my-comfort-zone outfit. It’s flowy and oversized all at once, with nary a juxtaposed slim silhouette in sight. It’s that odd length of skirt, the one that makes me feel stumpy and matronly. It’s got a palette that’s washed-out pastel, no pops of color in this neck of the woods.
The whole vibe is soft and femme – reminiscent of boho flower power – and it’s so. Not. Me.
Rather than apologize for it, though, I chose to go whole hog, even playing around with a soft focus filter to emphasize the effect. Because this is something I wouldn’t normally wear together (I’d normally have donned a pair of skinnies and moto boots with the top or thrown on a graphic tee and moto jacket with the skirt) I feel slightly self-conscious and thus very visible today, but at least I think I managed to do well by this first color pairing.
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – Mossimo @ Target
Button down – Old Navy
Skirt – Ann Taylor LOFT @ eBay
Pumps – Janine @ Payless
Necklace – Target