Every year, we patiently wait to see what the Pantone “Color of the Year” will be. And now, for the first time ever, there are two! Introducing, Rose Quartz and Serenity..color2016This is what Pantone says about their choice..

A softer take on color for 2016: For the first time, the blending of two shades – Rose Quartz and Serenity are chosen as the PANTONE Color of the Year

As consumers seek mindfulness and well-being as an antidote to modern day stresses, welcoming colors that psychologically fulfill our yearning for reassurance and security are becoming more prominent. Joined together, Rose Quartz and Serenity demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness as well as a soothing sense of order and peace.

The prevalent combination of Rose Quartz and Serenity also challenges traditional perceptions of color association.

In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design. This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity, the consumer’s increased comfort with using color as a form of expression, a generation that has less concern about being typecast or judged and an open exchange of digital information that has opened our eyes to different approaches to color usage.

Are these colors that you’re going to be adding to your wardrobe or do you tend to shy away from pastels? If you’re not sure how to wear these lovely colors here is some ideas to help you out..2c6eba191e317533406b77b287fb97bf 4d1dd5e48126878443a52d027e9ef254 008f918cd7c8d788731aa632e5ef20d1 414d60324d6f3e47993671534ebb757f bc3c43b215a7977f60c40507a28ab145 db086785eaa586a596c10dcdcfd27659

Play with accessories if you aren’t reading to fully jump into the pastels. And you can gradually make your way to a trench coat or even a fun jumpsuit for the Spring/Summer! Step out of your comfort zone.