The New Color Code for 2016

colors 2016, pantone, style, mens style, inspiration, color inspirationIts celebration time! Welcoming the ‘arrival of spring’ with the new bloom and bidding farewell to cold monochromatic days. Its time for the ‘festival of colours’ (Holi) here in India and there is no better time to talk COLOR‘. 

The colors for 2016, how to wear them and what to pair them with…I am going to unfold all this and more in this blog post.

Who decides what the color of the year is? 

Understanding and researching the moods and sentiments in the world of Art, Culture, Fashion, Design and Architecture every year ‘Pantone’ a world-renowned authority on color, releases the color of the year. The color is a symbolic selection that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.

What is the color of the year 2016? 

Any guesses….Its a girl!? Its a boy!?

For the first time Pantone has released 2 colour shades as color of the year. A pale pastel pink- ‘Rose Quartz’  and Soft baby Blue -‘Serenity’ are the two shades selected as the PANTONE Color of the Year 2016. The former conveying compassion and a sense of composure and ‘Serenity’ being weightless and airy, like the blue sky.

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Colours of the year- Rose Quartz & Serenity | Source-Pantone

How to wear?

The two colours ‘Rose Quartz’ and ‘Serenity’ can be definitely worn together  and even separately. The two together may appear a little more girly but with the world accepting unisex clothing across runways and now with Zara’s ‘Ungendered’ collection… you men can never go wrong!

Here are few style inspirations to sport these awesomely gorgeous colours.


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Go Casual Chic with Serenity!

Styling Tip: Pair up a casual shirt in shades of ‘Serenity’ with a pair of your favourite Denims. Sport a tan Belt and Moccasins (loafers) to look effortlessly chic. Complete the look by a carrying a casual brown #MessengerBag


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Wear it to Work!

Styling Tip: Pair up a formal shirt in ‘Rose Quartz’ or ‘Serenity’ with formal | semi formal trousers in Grey | Shades of Deep to navy Blue | Beige. Complete the look with formal belt and shoes (what shoes to wear). You may opt for a tie or even go tieless.

What other colors can these colors be paired with?

You can pair the two colors with all these different color tones.

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Color of the year 2016- Color pairing pallets | Source-Pantone

How popular are these colors?

They are everywhere. All major fashion brands and store displays have the new color code on. Check out a few for your self.

Check here for Thomas Pink Spring summer 2016 collection

Zara’s SS16 advertisment campaign shares an overload of the two colors

Pastels are definitely trending in the style scene and this time of the year is best to experiment with there gorgeous shades and surely help you stand out if worn correctly. Let us know if you get stuck and we will be happy to help.

Do share your looks (tag @imforstyle) when you wear any of there colors for 2016.

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