23 Dresses That Show Why Radiant Orchid Is the Pantone 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 Pantone Color Year 2014

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:

radiant orchid dresses1. 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, $273.60 (before: $760)

It also translates well on everyday sportswear:

radiant orchid dresses 14. Alternative Racerback Maxi Dress, $23.32 to $41.65;
5. Milly “Alina” Knit Dress, $286;
6. 4.collective Sleeveless Dress, $137.50 (before: $275);
7. Monrow T-Back Maxi Dress, $32.49 to $38.22

It looks magnificent with graphic prints:

radiant orchid dresses 58. Mary Katrantzou Printed Silk Shift Dress, $1,660;
9. Milly “Blaire” Combo Shift Dress in Ornamentale Print, $315 (before: $450);
10. Rachel Roy Collection Abstract Color-Block Dress, $99.50 (before: $398);
11. Ekaterina Kukhareva Stretch Lurex Jacquard Knit Dress, $330 (before: $660)

And it can blend with just about any color:

radiant orchid dresses 712. Trina Turk “Carly” Tie-Dye Jersey Maxi Dress, $63 (before: $148);
13. Ivy & Blu Maggy Boutique “Elizabeth” Stripe Dress, $61.99 (before: $178);
14. Lisa Perry Two-Tier Dress, $358 (before: $895);
15. Victoria’s Secret Ombré Maxi Dress, $108

Radiant Orchid is also a great color for party dresses:

radiant orchid dresses 416. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Somara” One-Shoulder Dress, $66.47 (before: $228);
17. Adrianna Papell Pleated Lace Sheath Dress, $138;
18. Tibi Sleeveless Skater Dress, $190 (before: $475);
19. BCBGMAXAZRIA “Evert” Ruched V-Neck Dress, $97.30 (before: $278)

It adds a feminine touch to office wear as well:

radiant orchid dresses 620. Black Halo “Kinya” Dress, $195 (before: $390);
21. Madison Marcus “Devise” Dress, $128.52 (before: $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!

Credit: Pantone

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