After two years filled with unrelenting uncertainty and challenges, is optimism something we can regain? The folks at Pantone think so. Living in transitional and transformative times as we are, between isolation and normalcy, virtual and real, sameness and difference, the color authority’s cheerful color of the year for 2022 speaks to rebirth and vibrancy and adds drama to anyone’s wardrobe. Very Peri, a pulsating, purplish periwinkle blue with violet/red undertones, is the first shade that the company has ever created and encapsulates, it says, the uncertainty, cautious hopefulness and newness of our moment in which we’re all reimagining our futures and searching for a fresh start. The really good news is that the appealing springtime color is universally flattering for all skin tones because it’s a balance between cool and warm.
How to Wear Periwinkle
Periwinkle was all over the spring/summer runways in Europe (but not New York), from a short cape dress at Valentino to a long overcoat at Balenciaga, tailored pants at Saint Laurent and romantic ruffled dresses at Alberta Ferretti. It’s even showing up on bicycles, sneakers, KitchenAid mixers and sweat pants.
And yes, the color is bright, but that’s no cause for concern, even if you’re someone who usually favors neutral and muted palettes and doesn’t experiment much with color. A little of the hue goes a long way and you don’t have to wear it from head to toe. (None of us wants to look like a popsicle!) You can get a dash of periwinkle with accessories: earrings, sandals or a soft, silky scarf. And if you like the color but are unsure how to style it, simply start by pairing it with black. A textured periwinkle crochet, or popcorn-stitch cashmere sweater over some black pants looks great. (And Periwinkle also looks fabulous with jeans!) When worn with white, periwinkle dazzles. And if color is still a little too bright for you, you can always confine it to the lower half of your body and wear it as pants and skirts.
Colors That Go Best With Periwinkle
On the color wheel, yellow is the complement of violet and blue-violet which means citrus, sunflower and gold shades contrast nicely. White, salmon and dark blue look the best with periwinkle but the color also goes with pink, beige, turquoise, green, apricot and other blue hues. For shoes, try some black patent leather, silver, beige or pewter. And for a dash of glam, you could opt for a sandal style with glitter.
Help is at Hand
Of course, you are a woman who already knows what you like to wear and what works for you. And trends are just that, trends. Only you know how your wardrobe should fit your lifestyle and all the subtle details involved in getting into clothing you like – and which likes you.
When it comes to finding assistance to build the wardrobe you’ve always dreamed of, Lots of Luxe is here to help guide you through all your styling needs. We offer high quality clothing that can fit any need you may have. We look forward to working with you on what you’ll be wearing this spring/summer.
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