We may be well into 2016 now, but the fashion world is still very much revelling in finding new ways to use Pantone's two Colours of the Year. If you weren't already aware, Pantone, the colour institute, normally choose one colour to direct all areas of fashion for a given year and capture the mood of the time, but for 2016 they actually chose a pair of colours for the first time.
These two beautiful hues, a soft pink called Rose Quartz and a pastel blue called Serenity, can be seen in fashion collections as well as other areas of design like interiors and product design, and are a big feature when it comes to both men's and women's fashion for the coming summer season. However, some men need a little encouragement to adopt these two gentle pastels, so here we are going to talk about styling Rose Quartz and Serenity for men in 2016:
Getting the Tone RightThe first important thing when it comes to looking stylish in Rose Quartz and Serenity as a man is to make sure you are actually wearing these shades. Rose Quartz and Serenity are fairly close to baby pink and baby blue, but there is a nuance in both of them that adds a cooler tone and makes them look less 'cutesy' and more sophisticated. If you like baby blue and baby pink then there's nothing wrong with wearing them, but if you are aiming to get the on trend 2016 look and generally find those colours feel too feminine or 'sweet', then try and seek out true Serenity and Rose Quartz pieces that don't have that baby pastel warmth.
Mix with NeutralsPantone don't just announce Colours of the Year, but also full palettes incorporating those colours for each fashion season. Within these palettes you can find colours that contrast with or compliment Rose Quartz and Serenity in interesting and stylish ways. One key thing to consider is mixing Rose Quartz and Serenity with neutrals, and there is a stunning and easy to wear grey called Lilac Grey in the spring and summer palette that looks great on men. Consider wearing a suit in Lilac Grey with accents – for instance a tie or cravat like the ones at formaltailor.com – in Rose Quartz, Serenity, or a mixture of the two, for a very fashionable formal look. If you prefer earthier neutrals, there is also a shade called Iced Coffee which works equally well paired with the Colours of the Year.
Casual WearFor summer, your casual wardrobe is likely to consist of a lot of t-shirts and polos, and the good news is that both Rose Quartz and Serenity look great in this format. Paired either with denim or with neutral coloured shorts, pants or cargo pants, a relaxed look is easy to achieve with simple shirts in these colours.
Whether you are used to wearing pastels and pinks or not, adding some Rose Quartz and Serenity to your summer style is very simple, and will give you a fresh, classy look that is really fashionable.
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