7 Ways to Wear Radiant Orchid

radiant orchid A few years ago a girlfriend of mine gave me an elegant purple orchid as a gift, and ever since I have been hooked not only on the flower but the exquisite color.

Pantone calls this breathtaking hue “radiant orchid” and has crowned it the color of the year. Radiant Orchid is a gorgeous pink- tinged purple that is vibrant youthful and fresh. It’s a color I could gaze at forever, because of its deep, calming spiritual quality.

radiant orchid shadesThis spring we’re seeing many variations of radiant orchid ranging from light lavender pastel to deep purple shades.

I like to wear the true orchid color in all its boldness. It’s a little on the warm side so complements my golden spring coloring, although I find it looks lovely on most everyone, as well.

If you’d like to test drive this color but are not sure how to add it to your wardrobe, here are seven ways to wear Radiant Orchid:

1. Combine Radiant Orchid with Neutrals

If you are not used to brights you may find radiant orchid a little strong, so all you need to do to crank it down a notch is pair it with a neutral. For example, sand ( beige) and Paloma (soft gray) are two very popular neutrals that pair well with this color and make a fresh new combo.

how to wear radiant purple


2. Mix it with Varying Shades of Purple

If you want to embrace this color trend, then a chic way to do it is to wear slightly different shades of this popular hue.  You’ll not only look modern, but the monochromatic look is very slimming too.

2. Try a Darker or Lighter Shade of Radiant Orchid 

If you like the idea of wearing purple this spring, but Radiant Orchid isn’t exactly the hue you love, remember there are many ways to wear purple. All you need to do is choose a lighter or darker version. For example, a deep purple like this can look stunning and rich. You can wear it on its own or with some jewelry in radiant orchid to blend it in.

deep radiant orchid


4. Keep it Simple

You don’t need to run out and buy a whole new wardrobe in radiant purple just because this color is suddenly hot, but one simple piece will freshen up your look. Choose a classic piece in a timeless shape to keep it elegant and classy.

radiant purple options

5. Wear it as Shoes

Shoes are an easy way to incorporate a new color into your current wardrobe and this season we’re seeing some pretty fabulous options.

6. A Handbag

My mom is 81, has a bright purple Coach purse and everywhere she goes she is known as the lady with the gorgeous purple purse! A single accessory in this color of the year can the statement piece that keeps you looking hip. Dump your boring black purse and have a little fun!

radiant orchid nails and lipstick

Have fun with nails but purple lips are tricky at any age.

7. Nails/Lipstick

Along with radiant orchid clothes and accessories, we’re seeing radiant orchid make-up and nails. Nails can be fun, but I’d be careful on the make-up.

Bright purple lips and eyes may look cool on twenty-something red carpet starlets, but in real life wear this after 40 and you may look like you must not own a mirror. Be careful of electric make-up colors like Radiant Orchid that can look harsh on aging skin.

Will you be wearing radiant orchid? Send me a photo, or comment below.






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  1. Debbie Hipkiss says:

    Hi Deborah, I love this color too, especially in the darker hues. The dress example you gave, would that be dressy enough to wear to my daughter’s graduation? Also, are the skinny leg trousers a good option for working in an office setting? I’m learning so much from your website :)

    • Hi Debbie, yes that dress would be lovely for a graduation.
      The skinny leg trousers definitely work for a casual work environment. If you wanted to dress it up, a jacket adds instant polish and authority.
      So glad you are enjoying the site. Please send in any suggestions for stories you would like me to cover. Cheers!