How to Wear This Year’s Hottest Color Combo

Source: Pantone

Source: Pantone

Even though the ball hasn’t officially dropped on the New Year yet, the future is already looking rather bright — and rose-colored, at least when it comes to your new sartorial color palette. The first-ever dual Pantone Color of the Year launches in 2016, and it’s a combo of a pale blue “Serenity” and a soft, dusty pink “Rose Quartz.” It’s a fresh release from the deeper 2015 shade of Marsala.

The new fusion is meant to evoke a sense of calm within a chaotic world. According to Pantone, the Rose Quartz “is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure,” while Serenity “comforts with a calming effect, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Are you feeling the om vibes yet?

Regardless, if there’s a surefire way to let go of typically masculine color associations, Pantone is leading the way. Perhaps also a reflection of the current spotlight on gender roles, the pastel hues strike an androgynous chord that is nothing short of coolly masculine when applied correctly. As Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, firmly stated, “Rose quartz is not baby pink. It doesn’t have that wimpy feel.” Designers have already painted Pantone’s Colors of the Year into their collections. Here, a roundup of ways to wear 2016’s biggest shades.

Thomas Pink Pantone Collection

Source: Thomas Pink

Source: Thomas Pink

No better place to launch your foray into the pink and blue realms than with Thomas Pink. The esteemed British label has joined colorful forces with Pantone to curate a dedicated capsule collection celebrating all the delights of Rose Quartz and Serenity.

“The use of color has long been a pillar of the Thomas Pink brand and something our customer has always embraced to express his distinctive point of view,” said Florence Torrens, global creative director for Thomas Pink. “The 2016 Color of the Year allows our gentleman to use fashion to convey a sense of stability, constancy and a quiet authority — traits that are necessary in today’s turbulent world.”

If that sentiment alone is not enough to convince you, then surely the brand’s Pantone-inspired seasonal and core shirts and accessories, including the Gibson classic fit shirt, the Caley knit tie, the Robin paisley pocket square, and the Odd Spot sock, will do the trick. You can even embrace the peaceful calm of the Pantone hues in your boxer shorts with a must-have Thomas Pink pair.

Rubinacci Knitted Silk Tie

Source: Rubinacci

Source: Rubinacci

In addition to Thomas Pink’s sharp collection of ties, we have our eye on Rubinacci’s lightweight knitted silk tie that rather handsomely flaunts the pale-pink and blue palette. Italian-made, the accessory is Ideal for infusing natty charm into a tailored look. Naturally, it’s perfect for a crisp white shirt, but take your styling to the next level with gray suiting or a chunky cardigan.

Valentino “Open” Sneakers

Source: Valentino

Source: Valentino

Have an “open” mind with these soles, and you may just walk with a greater sense of peace and balance. The pink and blue color-blocked leather “Open” sneakers from Valentino Garavani feature a round toe, lace-up front fastening, a brand embossed tongue, and tonal pyramid studs. They’re an excellent pairing with denim plus every shade of the gray family, whether manifested in casual tailoring or jogger pants.

Cos Marled Sweater

Source: Cos

Source: Cos

The very incarnation of Serenity, the Cos marled silk, linen, and Lyocell-blend sweater is a softly luxe take on one of Pantone’s 2016 colors. The relaxed, raglan design which will keep you cool in summer is sufficiently cozy, too, to ensure you remain warm in the cooler weather. Wear it with black or navy pants or joggers for a sharp, striking mix of strong and soft hues. You might even feel inclined to top off the look with a rose-hued scarf or those Valentino “Open” pink-and-blue sneakers.

Everlane Cotton V

Source: Everlane

Source: Everlane

Los Angeles-based Everlane’s designer-quality essentials include nothing less than the iconic tee shirt. The Cotton V comes in an enticing shade that they call Sky. But it looks pretty close to Serenity blue if you ask us. The relaxed styling still fits close to the body for a polished, off-duty silhouette, but you can get away with wearing this shirt under a suit for a laid-back twist.

J. Crew Secret Wash Shirt

Source: J. Crew

Source: J. Crew

Plaid never looked so perfect than in pink and blue. Check the box on the Pantone hues with the J. Crew Secret Wash shirt that is way more interesting than any solid or stripe. Plus, this piece is exceptionally soft, according to the brand. It’s all because of a “top-secret multistep wash process” that sounds like one of the best ways you can channel those calming color vibes.

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