To update your look to reflect the latest trends in 2016, incorporate the hottest colors into your current wardrobe. This year the “hot” colors are rose quartz and serenity, respectively light pink and light blue. Lest you think these colors are just for the ladies, these colors are meant for men, too.

Each year, Pantone, a company well known in the printing industry, declares a particular color the “color of the year.” This year, for the first time, two shades – rose quartz and serenity – were unveiled. According to the Pantone website, rose quartz is a “persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

Rose quartz can easily be incorporated into your current wardrobe because it combines well with so many other colors. Many shades of purple, green and brown are lightened up and given new life when paired with this flattering shade.

Serenity is a light blue that is found on many spring accessories such as handbags and laced-up pumps. Pair with marsala (last year’s color of the year), cool brown, light sage or drab olive. Late-winter coats in serenity can be paired with charcoal gray, black, camel, navy or winter-white ensembles.

Feeling bold, ladies? Consider a full head-to-toe look in either of these soft colors. Use sleek and tailored silhouettes or rich, textured fabrics to counteract the sugary-sweet hues of rose quartz and serenity.

If you don’t think these colors look good next to your face, consider updating your wardrobe by adding accessories in the color of year. Rose quartz and serenity handbags, shoes, jewelry, belts and skirts, trousers or jeans. When shopping for new spring wardrobe items, look for patterns that incorporate one or both of these soft, subtle and relaxing colors.

Tip for men:

Freshen up your “corporate” uniform with a new light blue shirt for spring. Toss any shirts that are stained or fraying around the collar and cuffs. Not sure you want to wear a solid soft pink dress shirt? Look for dress shirts with small, subtle patterns that incorporate rose quartz and serenity. Finish the look by adding a solid tie in one of this year’s colors. Feeling bold? Pair your new patterned shirt with a patterned tie that uses the same colors. Make sure the pattern on the tie is a larger pattern than the pattern on the shirt. Use my five-to-one ratio to perfect this look. If your industry allows, dress socks that incorporate this year’s new colors are also a fun way to update your look.

Still unsure how to incorporate the latest colors into your wardrobe? I would be happy to help you update your wardrobe and help you look your personal best in 2016. ■

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