Trending: Pantone’s Colors of the Year


Matt Young, a journalism major, contrasts neutral oxfords with a relaxed blue-hued polo.

Pantone’s decision to release two colors of the year instead of one is an exciting change and gives those of us who love fashion a chance to experiment with more than just one trendy color. Since the 1960s, Pantone has hosted secret conferences in European capitals biannually to decide on a color of the year. Pantone’s choice of two very versatile colors makes the task of creating an ensemble a much simpler one. A lot goes into the composition of an outfit, and complementary colors, shapes and textures are essential to achieve a perfect sartorial balance.

What were the colors chosen this year? They are two pastels, one reminiscent of sickly-sweet, cotton candy and the other of clear, crisp summer skies. Rose Quartz’s soft peony pink is meant to evoke compassion while Serenity’s periwinkle blue promotes a sense of tranquility. Both are perfect for any occasion and any season of the year. These comforting shades can be found nearly everywhere, from destinations around the world to the catwalks of Prada, Dolce & Gabbana and J.W.Anderson.

The two paired together “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,” said Pantone Color Institute’s Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman. This gender fluidity is reflective of larger trends in the fashion industry. With companies like 69, Not Equal and Butch baby and Co. producing clothes that don’t conform to a set gender binary, it’s only fitting that the colors this year complement the times.

DSC_7309Sona Hodaie, a masters student in the PPPM department, pairs a pastel pink dress with warm weather accessories and black Dansko Shoes, which are such an Oregon classic.

When it comes to incorporating these colors into your wardrobe, it’s hard not to find other colors that fit well with the pair. Deep earthy hues like khaki brown and ashy gray match just as well as brighter tones like peach and sea glass green. Of course, black and white — the ever-popular minimalist colors — will be stunning complements to either of the two, and a little experimentation can help you find the best options.


These colors work well with muted grey and basic black pieces. 

Fortunately, companies like The Black Tux, a Los Angeles-based tuxedo rental company, offer accessories in these colors. They feature two bow ties that are perfect for every event, from date night to a class presentation to something as formal as a wedding. The Black Tux has you covered and gives you the capability of including this year’s most popular colors into your attire.

Courtesy of The Black Tux


Words by Melissa Epifano, @melissaepifano
Photos by Lindsey Epifano, @lindseyepifano, and Elli Manoogian-O’Dell, @ElinormODell

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