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How to wear 2016 Pantone Colour Pairing of the Year

As our love affair with Pantone’s 2015 Colour of the Year, Marsala, fades, two new colours come into the spotlight. Marsala’s edgy sultriness is replaced with the soft tones of Rose Quartz and Serenity.

“With the whole greater than its individual parts, joined together Serenity and Rose Quartz 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,” -Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.

While Rose Quartz and Serenity are beautiful to look at, fashionistas everywhere are hitting the obstacle of wearing the newborn baby shades. They do suggest an innocence, almost like that of a child, so women are wondering how to style the pink and blue so it’s appropriate for work, weekends, and evenings. Style Doctors has done a bit of research, and taken the “wellness and peace” approach that Eiseman describes to style some looks that you can wear anywhere (and still look your age.)

Rose Quartz

This pinkish hue suggests warmness and welcoming. It could act as a neutral, or make a statement without being overwhelming, depending on how you style it. Complimentary on most complexions, Rose Quartz is great for daytime events, interviews, and looks fabulous on a makeup palette.


Rag & Bone blouse (rose quartz) | Topshop suit | Whistles heels | LOFT necklace | Dior nail polish | Damsel in a Dress coat | Armani jeans | Tommy Hilfiger blouse (white) | Converse trainers


The cool blue shade is the perfect juxtaposition to Rose Quartz, or works well alone. Calming is the word that comes to mind when we think of Serenity, so it’s great for a weekend look or a day in the office. With the right accessories, (think gems and sparkles!) it’s a pretty colour for going out, as well.


Whistles asymmetrical dress | Paco Rabanne shirt dress | Tibi jeans | Topshop heels | Rebecca Minkoff trainers | Mango cardigan | M&Co belts | Helen Moore fur purse | Deborah Lippman nail polish | Michael Kors watch

How will you style your 2016 Pantone colours? Will you be wearing them together or separately? Remember that if you’re confused as how to style a specific colour or are not sure which colour suits you best, you can always reach out to our professional and friendly stylists for suggestions and advice.

xo Molly


  1. Anisa - June 25, 2016 12:58 am

    I want to ask the some questions. First , is it suitable for me to use these colour? I’m an olive skin person. I’m 150cm tall. Can you suggest me for the outfit that suitable to me from head to the toes? If not what colour are suitable for me based on Patone colour of the year and 2016 ?

    • Molly Lamoureux - June 25, 2016 6:02 pm

      Hello Anisa, thanks for reading the blog and posting your questions! Pastel colours like the Pantone colours of 2016 will both work well with an olive skin tone, especially with dark brown or black hair. If you’d like a professional colour consultation that leaves you with a specified, unique colour palette specifically for you, please see our package that we offer:

      If you have any more questions, please feel free to reach out at Keep reading the blog for more helpful hints and style advice.


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