2011 color of the year…drumroll please…

December 20, 2010

So a little late to the party, but in case you didn’t hear, Pantone, named Honeysuckle THE color of 2011…..honeysuckle? Say what? Now you might be as perplexed as me by this one, but read the gem of a statement to get a little more “color” (pun intended) on the whys and the hows of how they selected this color.

My coworkers and I were in fits of laughter as we read this thing: “Courageous. Confident. Vital. A brave new color, for a brave new world. Let the bold spirit of Honeysuckle infuse you, lift you and carry you through the year. It’s a color for every day – with nothing “everyday” about it.” While I’d agree that everyone needs a bit of honeysuckle in their wardrobe, not so sure I agree with how this is phrased.

Alas, I’m sure we’ll be seeing it on the runways and on the racks. In case you are dying to get your hands on something honeysuckle, currently there are bridesmaid dresses, paint and a Visa card sporting the stylish color. Go figure.

I do love these sketches representing the color of 2011:

Should you snag some honeysuckle duds, here are Pantone’s styling suggestions:

“Honeysuckle always works with the standard basics of black, navy, charcoal or light to mid gray. But using complementary bronze greens like Willow PANTONE 16-0632 and/or Tapenade PANTONE 18-0840 adds a new sophistication to the combination that showcases the energy of Honeysuckle. The green tones can be really interesting in accessories for Honeysuckle tights and top. Another great and unique combination is Honeysuckle with a pinkish brown like Apricot Brandy PANTONE 17-1540. Think of a warm cashmere turtleneck in Apricot Brandy with a matching skirt and shoes to blend and flatter the legs. A Honeysuckle cashmere scarf and belt create a luscious combination. And to blend all the colors, try a big and bold patterned bag with every color mentioned above.”

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  1. Kelsey says:

    I’m loving this color. Especially how saturated it is.

  2. aragni09 says:

    so true, Kelsey! can’t wait to see how designers play with the use of this color.

  3. Anna Jane says:

    perfect – that’s a similar color to what i chose for bridesmaid dresses! it will go great with grays, as you said, which is why i chose it. it really is a pretty, classic color.


  4. aragni09 says:

    Anna – I’m sure your bridesmaid dresses are gorgeous if the color is similar! btw – love your outfit post today…I just ordered those UO shoes you are wearing…super cute!

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