Pantone Colour of the Year – and what it means

The fashion elite among you may be rolling your eyes wondering who doesn’t know the Pantone Colour of the Year, but I know I’m not alone when I say I only just learnt what that even means. To be honest, I still think I’m a little rusty when it comes to explaining it, but for those like me, I’m going to give it a shot.


Pantone is a company best known for its colour matching system, which allows designers, printers and manufacturers to match exact colours, shades and tints by standardising them with codes. Every year, Pantone releases their ‘Colour of the Year’ after a lot of debates, presentations and discussions. The Pantone Colour of the Year is a “symbolic colour selection; a colour snapshot of what we see taking place in our culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”


Okay, so that last bit came straight from Pantone’s website, but why mess with a perfect explanation? The Pantone Colour of the Year acts as a representative for the year.  For example, in 2011, the colour was ‘Honeysuckle,’ because;

In times of stress, we need something to lift our spirits. Honeysuckle is a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going – perfect to ward off the blues.

– Pantone

And we all remember that 2011 was less than brilliant, so I think they were onto something there. So, what is the 2016 Colour of the Year? It’s actually two colours for the first time ever; Rose-Quartz and Serenity. Why?


As you can tell (and probably guessed), Rose-Quartz is a soft, pink colour, and serenity is a calm, soothing blue hue. So what does all this mean? Well, the Pantone Colour of the Year often has a heavy influence on the fashion world. You’ll find yourself spotting more Rose-Quartz and Serenity than you’ll know what to do with. As such, I went hunting for some of my favourite pieces on sale at the moment, with a max price of €31 so they’re very affordable.

Jersey Jacket – €29.99 | H&M

I love this style of jacket because I shy away from really business-looking blazers, so the light colours always look a bit more casual and the material feels nicer too. Buy it here.

Jersey Jacket H&M

Blue Strappy Cami – €17 | River Island

Okay, this one isn’t quite ‘Serenity’, it’s a bit darker but who says you can’t break the rules a little? The back on this is criss-crossed and looks gorgeous. Buy it here.

Blue Strappy Cami RI

Full disclosure, there a darker blue version without the criss-cross back in Penny’s for €5, which I bought last week.

Tonal Rose Placement T Shirt – €26 | Oasis

This has a subtle mix of the colours, and these Oasis tops are always very comfortable and usually have a number of different versions every season. Buy it here.

Tonal Rose Placement T shirt Oasis

Blue Tassel Scarf – €15 | Oasis

Scarves are always good to have in Ireland and this is an easy way to mix the two colours together. Buy it here.

Blue scarf Oasis

Blue Vanilla Pink Floral Print Skater Dress – €31 | New Look

This is the only piece that’s over the €30 mark and only just, but I think it’s worth it. It’s perfect for spring and it mixes a delicate bit of ‘Serenity’ flowers in with the pink dress. Buy it here.

Blue Vanilla Pink Floral Print Mesh Panel Skater Dress

Blue Laser Cut Shift dress – €16 | Boohoo

This light blue dress is a definite bargain for just €16 and I love the laser cut detail at the bottom. Buy it here.

Blue Laser Cut Shift dress - Boohoo

Parisian Blue Floral Print Satin Shirt Dress – €29.99 | New Look

This is my absolute favourite. I love a shirt dress under normal circumstances. I think they’re very versitile for going from work to drinks, and this one is particularly gorgeous with a mix of the Pantone Colours of the Year, it’s very on-trend. Buy it here.

Parisian Blue Floral Print Satin Shirt Dress

Jenny x

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