Radiant Orchid

Every year, Pantone picks a color that becomes the color of the year. Last year, that color was Radiant Orchid. This year it's a deep red called Marsala. Last year, I was so excited to already have a dress that was the perfect radiant orchid. But I didn't have a fashion blog, so, technically, it was like it never happened. I mean, if you didn't blog it, it doesn't exist (isn't that how the theory of subjective idealism works? Nothing exists beyond what people can see).

Well, philosophies and color predictions aside, I still love this dress.

Radiant orchid, or orchid in general comes in varying shades of pink and purple. And I chose this Elizabeth and James dress because it's more on the pink side.

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I wore it with my mom's reversible belt from the 80s, but it's really not necessary here, because the dress is tailored in the bodice, and fitted through the waist.

I love the black contrast on the sides, it really works to enhance my waist. And it's a nice addition for someone who doesn't want to walk around in head to toe brightness.

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I think this dress is even a good choice for work. The top is not revealing at all, and it's not too short. With a matching black jacket it's a great example for adding a pop of color to your work wardrobe.

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The fitted waist is a real added bonus to the fuller skirt, which enhances the waist even further.

I remember wearing the big balloon dresses in 2006-2007 but can't remember why they were in style. Those dresses were seriously unflattering. This is a much better option, where it is not too baloon-y, but still has a rounded silhouette.

Only problem is, it gets wrinkled almost instantly :(

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I wore some simple Louboutins with this dress because I didn't want to detract from the color, which is the focal point here.

The shoes are really classic and ideal for this (and many others) dress. They are just simple black pumps and the silhouette will be around for decades.

They have lasted through many wears without any need to get repaired. I replaced the heel tips myself with some extras from Target. And last week I stepped on a rock, twisted my foot, and the heel tip split in half! And I have major anxiety about going to the cobbler. Don't try to repair your shoes yourself.

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Radiant Orchid Dress: found herehere, here, here, and here

Shoes: Christian Louboutin -- similar here and here

Belt: found here, here, or here

Earrings: House of Harlow -- similar here and here