Style and design junkies everywhere eagerly anticipate the announcement of Pantone’s Color of the Year because it sets the tone for everything from handbags to beauty products to wallpaper. This year’s color, Ultra Violet, is a dramatic and rebellious shade of purple that evokes, “originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future,” according to Pantone.
This bold and bright color is completely wearable. Go bold or understated to rock this year’s color and make it work for you!
Rock It at Work
The good thing about Ultra Violet is you don’t have to take a risk to look perfectly on trend and office appropriate. The easiest way to bring this gorgeous color into your work life is with a pretty silk blouse under your suit, but you can also make use of statement accessories—things like a bejeweled necklace or bright floral scarf—to bring this color to life at work.
These are some of our favorite pairings for the office:
- Dove Gray + Ultra Violet—This combo looks regal and perfect for springtime. Think tea with the queen colors except with powerful businesswoman silhouettes.
- Black + Ultra Violet—These colors present a truly powerful pairing. Ultra Violet has the power of red but the subtlety of blue, making this a perfect option for crushing it in the boardroom.
- Navy + Ultra Violet—Pretend you’re away at sea instead of working the daily grind with this watery combination.
Rock It on a Night Out
Feeling bold? Swipe on Ultra Violet lipstick and lip gloss to add a huge punch of color to your look. When you go this route, stick with a subtle cat eye and clean face to keep attention on your powerful pout. Bonus points if you wear this lip while you’re rocking out on Spice Girls karaoke with your squad.
Another gorgeous option is to do a purple ombre eye shadow look, starting with Ultra Violet on your lash line and fading it to a pretty lavender as you get closer to your brow bone.
Want to be more understated? Step away from bold beauty products and put the color front and center with your outfit. If Ultra Violet is the color of the year, we think it’s safe to say that velvet is the texture of the year (or at the very least it’s the color of the season). When you put together a luxe purple shade like this with rich velvet, the effect is equal parts royal and on trend.
Rock It at Brunch
It doesn’t have to be brunch—it can be an afternoon out for lunch and pedis with the girls, a play date at the park with the kids, a night at the movies with your S.O., or anywhere else. This color is so versatile that you can wear it anywhere as a to-die-for shade of nail polish or a sweep of bright eyeliner. The key to wearing this look in a casual setting is to keep it dialed back because one pop of Ultra Violet goes a long way in the daytime.
Rock It Anytime
As we have said before, brightly colored hair is a trend with serious staying power. If your lifestyle allows it, Ultra Violet locks can be a super flattering, statement making look. The combination of cool and warm hues in this shade means it looks good on a variety of skin tones.
If you need a little bit more inspiration, work with a beauty professional at Marilyn Monroe Spas to find the best way to rock this color with your makeup, nails, and hair. Our expertise in trends, spa services, and beauty products equips us to help you rock this look.