2016 Pantone Color of the Year

Who knew? This year, Pantone picked two hues for the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year! That’s right. Pantone, the ultimate color authority, surprised us all by picking not one but two colors as the 2016 color of the year. Rose quartz and serenity have been anointed as the color of the year.

As Pantone’s website states, “Joined together, rose quartz and serenity 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.” Who among us couldn’t use a dose of connection, wellness, order, and peace, especially during this hectic time of year?

If you’ll notice, the Pantone image above shows the two colors blending seamlessly together. In line with that, note that Pantone still refers to the 2016 Color of the Year – singular. This is said to symbolize the general movement we see in fashion and elsewhere challenging traditional color associations. This blur of color lines represents the consumers’ increasing comfort with using color in many forms.

As a color lover myself, I am excited about this colorful revolution! To read more about Pantone’s selection, check out these resources:

  1. Fashion Times : Pantone Releases 2016 Color of the Year
  2. ABC News : Pantone Color of the Year 2016 is Blend of Serenity and Rose Quartz
  3. The New York Times : Pantone’s Color(s) of the Year Have a Political Edge

Top 25 Pantone Color of the Year Gifts

Each year, Pantone’s power of color forecasting influences everything from fashion to furnishings and even more. If you’d like to get a jump start on this color trend, consider this 25 items as Christmas gifts or possibly for yourself. From stocking stuffers to the extravagant gift, there’s something for everyone here!

  1. UGG Australia infant suede bow boots
  2. Monica Vinader siren rose gold quartz earrings
  3. Ray-Ban mirrored aviator sunglasses
  4. Sephora + Pantone color of the year lipstick
  5. Nordstrom Smartcare wrinkle free dress shirt
  6. Apple Watch in rose gold
  7. Dion Lee horizon-print silk-organza dress
  8. Sophia Webster flamingo heel pumps
  9. Sophie Hulme ‘Wish You Were Here’ pouch
  10. Moncler peplum hem hooded puffer vest
  11. Rebecca Minkoff mini crossbody bag
  12. Valentino rockstud pumps
  13. Alexander Wang mini rockie satchel
  14. Etro gold-plated, bead, and Swarovski crystal earrings
  15. Larkspur & Hawk rose gold-dipped topaz earrings
  16. Laura Mercier lip gloss
  17. Nails Inc nail polish
  18. Waterford rebel cocktail glass
  19. Burberry giant check wool and silk scarf
  20. Eugenia Kim hat with pom pom
  21. Valentino rockstud large leather bracelet
  22. Kendra Scott Rayne necklace
  23. Converse Chuck Taylor low top sneaker
  24. J.Crew chateau parka
  25. Markus Lupfer printed silk-satin t-shirt

For details on my look shown above, see here.

Final Thoughts

Giveaway Winners Announced!

  1. Check this post to see who won the lovely Kate Spade gift box holiday clutch.
  2. Check this post to see which two people won their gift picks from the gift guide.

This Week

This week, you can expect a few last gift guides – color-centric ideas! There’s still time to shop online for your Christmas gifts this week.

Besides that, I have a really fun and different treat coming up for you on Thursday – some special New Year’s Eve inspiration in collaboration with a super inspiring friend of mine.

Hope you have a great week!


Photography by Maritere Rice

Graphic design by Ashley Cardoza


  1. I love love love that light blue trench coat I just adore it and those bags are to die for, I am loving this gift guide!!


    1. Carrie says:

      Thanks, Bella! Aren’t the colors inspiring?

  2. Ayn Bernos says:

    Ohmygoodness I’m starting to love rose quartz and serenity!

    1. Carrie says:

      Hi Ayn! Right? Once I got beyond seeing them as “baby” colors, they started to grow on me. It’s fun to explore the nuances of them.

  3. Sydney says:

    This is like a dream come true! My favourite colour, I love how soft the shade is!! I am loving the two pairs of heels and Flamingo pumps and the Valentino. Wonderful selection Carrie!

    1. Carrie says:

      Aren’t they great colors? Will be fun to incorporate in 2016!

  4. Anastasia says:

    This Sephora x Pantone lipstick is truly an very special gift for every girl who loves fashion, beauty and color! Genius.


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