How to wear Radiant Orchid – the ultimate inspiration guide!

by Sylvia

How to wear Radiant Orchid - the ultimate inspiration guide!

To say that I’m absolutely blown away by your submissions for the mini radiant orchid challenge is an understatement! I’m very impressed by your creativity of creating and finding beautiful ways to wear Radiant Orchid.

So without further ado, here is the ultimate inspiration guide on how to wear Radiant Orchid.

As reference, here are some of the initial color combinations I presented you with.

color combinations with radiant orchid |

At the top and below are two of my own creations, using the color palettes Mysterious Vibe and World Orchid.

how to wear radiant orchid with the wild orchid palette |

Lisa  has create several glorious collages and color combinations.

I love this very fresh combination of light mint, moss green and see blues.

How to wear radiant orchid - honduran Orchid |


You may also like our guide on wearing red, pink or orange.


Here she uses radiant orchid with royal blue and neutrals. Lisa writes “I really wanted this to be for spring and wanted a short sleeved sweater, but couldn’t find one”.

soft radiant orchid palette - royal orchid capsule wardrobe |

This one was inspired by the ’80s. “An updated color scheme from the ‘80s pink and green preppy look”.

flowery and sweet orchid combinations - orchidsandhollyhock |

A darker palette more suitable for autumn or spring.

analogues orchid - a great autumn palette to wear radiant orchid |

This one is for those who want to embrace pastels this season.

pastels and orchid - a soft color combination |

Finally her last collage is a very vibrant color combination, ready for the tropics!

how to wear radiant orchid in the tropics! |

Melissa created a fabulous radiant orchid outfit for work. I would honestly wear this for other occasions as well. So chic!

how to wear radiant orchid for work |


Suzanne (website | Polyvore) still finds this a difficult color to play with, so she has taken baby steps incorporating this color with her funky radiant orchid shoes!

taking baby steps with radiant orchid shoes |

Trina (website | Polyvore) loves to combine it with darker colors like black as well as in a colorful dress!

ways to wear radiant orchid |

Sue Walker (Website) tells us she is a Natural Gamine, which she likes to call Casual Chic. This is her take on the Colour for 2014.

radiant orchid collage by Sue Walker |

Kay takes a more casual approach to wearing Radiant Orchid.

wearing radiant orchid in a casual way | color of the year 2014 radiant orchid

Sabine (website) tells us that radiant orchid matches her skin complexion perfectly. As she blogs about elegance & ease she wanted to create a collage that incorporates both those elements.

wearing radiant orchid with elegance and ease |

Lorraine created 8 wonderful combinations with Radiant Orchid.

The first one is Minty Rose Orchid; a very refreshing combination that is great for summer!

Wearing radiant orchid with mint green |

As is this one. Very fresh and sunny for summer!

how i would wear radiant orchid |

Fun in the Sun Orchid! Another great one for the beach.

how you can wear radiant orchid |

Very Fruity Orchid can work for both spring and summer and could be worn to the office.

ways to wear radian torchid |

This is great party look: Coral Pop Orchid.

wearing radiant orchid with bright orange |

Nautical Orchid is great for a casual day.

Radiant orchid with black and white stripes |

I think Lorraine created this one with me in mind. You totally get my style Lorraine. I would wear each piece of this collage!


This is what Lorraine would wear herself.  She says that the cardigan is a bit too dark in this picture though.


All these color combinations and ensembles should give you plenty of ideas to wear this vibrant color coming spring and summer.

If you are inspired to wear radiant orchid, here are some of the items from the collages or inspired by them that you can buy online right now.

Are you looking forward to wearing radiant orchid? Which is your favorite color combination / collage from all of the above?


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lorraine

Wow! Wow! Wow! What an amazing blast of colours and ideas to get up to this morning! I feel enthused and inspired by everybody’s ideas!
I think we have proved that it can be fun or sophisticated, suitable for different seasons and generally very wearable! I could easily wear everything on your collages, Sylvia.
Thanks for including my ideas.


2 Sylvia

Yes, I will go back to this page often and get ideas! You did an amazing job Lorraine. Loved all your collages.


3 Aileen Wrennall

These colour combinations are fabulous. There is definitely something for everyone here, no matter what your ‘colour season’ is; from pale blond to very dark hair. Lots of ideas on style too and I love them all.


4 Sylvia

I agree Aileen. The variety is just amazing!


5 The Style Crone

With all of these beautiful choices, how can one go wrong with radiant orchid. Thank you for the inspiration!


6 Sylvia

You are welcome Judith. I’m looking forward to seeing how you will wear it this year!


7 Lisa

This was a fun challenge. Usually when I create something on Polyvore, I pick colors I like. Having a fixed color that I had to start with encouraged some color combinations that I never would have come up with on my own. I also have a new favorite site in

Polyvore is sadly lacking in true Radiant Orchid choices. A lot of what I actually put together used magenta or mauve.


8 Sylvia

Yes, you are right. Although there is a way of getting your own images and products you find into Polyvore. Did you get the little “clip to polyvore’ tool in your browser yet?
Thank you so much for your wonderful collages and color palette. You did an amazing job!


9 Lisa

No, I don’t have the clip to Polyvore tool yet. I’ll have to check that out. (Or maybe not. Have to think through this.)

And you’re welcome. It was fun.


10 Lorraine

The clip to Polyvore tool is useful – I was able to find pics of things I actually own and clip them for my collages. You can also clip to Polyvore from Pinterest. Good luck!


11 Nanne

Amazing! Wonderful inspiration and so many beautiful color combinations!


12 Oceanblue Style

This has been so much fun putting together and its even more fun checking out that collection of amazing ideas! Great idea Silvia, thank you! Sabina OceanblueStyle


13 Sylvia

Thanks so much for participating Sabine. You created a great collage!


14 MyEmptyBag

OMG! you have worked so hard!!!! I like all of them so much!!!!

thank you girl



15 Greetje

Very good all these boards together.. Gives us plenty of ideas.. My favourite one is lime (or can I use any green???) with orchid (fuschia in my book). Or orchid with yellow.. And I can shop for it kn my own closet. Yeah!


16 Sylvia

Happy wardrobe shopping Greetje!


17 Christina

Wow what a great post. As it is still the cold and dark winter here in Canada this gives me hope that spring is just around the corner. I personally love radiant orchid paired with a graphic print. Maybe a black and white graphic cardi wrap over a nice sheath dress, or a chic orchid blouse with a graph pant.



18 Laura

Hi there. I struggle with this colour as I have found through trial and error, that if I wear any colour which has had black added to it, I look drained and washed out. Unfortunately for me, Radiant Orchid is a no go area. On the other hand I look great in her sister colour Fuschia and her cousin, watermelon!


19 Sue



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