23 Dresses Show Why Radiant Orchid Is Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014

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Pantone, the global authority on color, has declared Radiant Orchid as the new color of the year. Finally, a universally skin-flattering hue!

While we did love 2012’s Tangerine Tango and 2013’s Emerald, we’re really excited about what Radiant Orchid can do for fashion this 2014.

Radiant Orchid, a shade of purple with fuchsia and pink undertones, was announced as the 2014 Color of the Year by PantoneRadiant Orchid, a shade of purple with fuchsia and pink undertones, was announced as the 2014 Color of the Year by Pantone (Credit: Pantone)

Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, said that Radiant Orchid’s mix of fuchsia, pink, and purple “inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love, and health,” and we couldn’t agree more.

It is positively radiant against the skin. It brings forth a healthy and rosy glow, is uplifting but not overpowering, and has the ability to be both seductive and cute.

If you still have any doubts about why Radiant Orchid was chosen as the color of the year, the 23 dresses below in beguiling, appealing, and lively shades of Radiant Orchid will erase all of them.

Radiant Orchid looks beautiful on both delicate chiffon and sparkly/shiny formal dresses:

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Silk Chiffon Dress / Lauren Ralph Lauren Sequined One-Shoulder Gown with Mesh Overlay / Teri Jon Taffeta Gown1. Lela Rose Bridesmaid Draped Silk Chiffon Dress, $330 / 2. Lauren Ralph Lauren Sequined One-Shoulder Gown with Mesh Overlay, $280 / 3. Teri Jon Taffeta Gown, $760

It also translates well into everyday sportswear:

Alternative Racerback Maxi Dress / Milly "Alina" Knit Dress / 4.collective Sleeveless Dress / Monrow T-Back Maxi Dress4. Alternative Racerback Maxi Dress, $23.32 to $41.65 / 5. Milly “Alina” Knit Dress, $286 / 6. 4.collective Sleeveless Dress, $275 / 7. Monrow T-Back Maxi Dress, $32.49 to $38.22

It looks magnificent with graphic prints:

Mary Katrantzou Printed Silk Shift Dress / Milly "Blaire" Combo Shift Dress in Ornamentale Print / Rachel Roy Collection Abstract Color-Block Dress / Ekaterina Kukhareva Stretch Lurex Jacquard Knit Dress8. Mary Katrantzou Printed Silk Shift Dress, $1,660 / 9. Milly “Blaire” Combo Shift Dress in Ornamentale Print, $450 / 10. Rachel Roy Collection Abstract Color-Block Dress, $398 / 11. Ekaterina Kukhareva Stretch Lurex Jacquard Knit Dress, $660

And it can blend with just about any color:

Trina Turk "Carly" Tie-Dye Jersey Maxi Dress / Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique "Elizabeth" Stripe Dress / Lisa Perry Two-Tier Dress / Victoria's Secret Ombré Maxi Dress12. Trina Turk “Carly” Tie-Dye Jersey Maxi Dress, $148 / 13. Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique “Elizabeth” Stripe Dress, $178 / 14. Lisa Perry Two-Tier Dress, $895 / 15. Victoria’s Secret Ombré Maxi Dress, $108

Radiant Orchid is also a great color for party dresses:

BCBGMAXAZRIA "Somara" One-Shoulder Dress / Adrianna Papell Pleated Lace Sheath Dress / Tibi Sleeveless Skater Dress / BCBGMAXAZRIA "Evert" Ruched V-Neck Dress16. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Somara” One-Shoulder Dress, $228 / 17. Adrianna Papell Pleated Lace Sheath Dress, $138 / Tibi Sleeveless Skater Dress, $475 / 19. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Evert” Ruched V-Neck Dress, $278

It adds a feminine touch to office wear as well:

Black Halo "Kinya" Dress / Madison Marcus "Devise" Dress / Nicole Miller Sleeveless Tucked Dress / Burberry Brit Zip-Front Shift Dress20. Black Halo “Kinya” Dress, $390 / 21. Madison Marcus “Devise” Dress, $306 / 22. Nicole Miller Sleeveless Tucked Dress, $255 / 23. Burberry Brit Zip-Front Shift Dress, $595

If we were to choose, we’d also pick Radiant Orchid as the color of the year! Happy New Year from all of us here at Your Next Dress!

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