How To Style Ultra Violet 2018

I promised I’d follow up the article on Pantone’s color of the year 2018, ultra violet, with a full styling article on how to make the most out of the color. It’s a tricky one indeed and I only have my own ideas of random nonsense as usual to go with it. But anyways, hope this one will be helpful, here’s how to style ultra violet 2018:

How To Style Ultra Violet 2018

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Style Ultra Violet 2018

What To Think About

I think the most important thing to remember with ultra violet is that the color is rather style sensitive. That means that the color is one of those that is highly associated with different styles depending on what you match it with. If you pair ultra violet with a silver color, it’s a high likability that the look will be associated with space fashion. If you go for a pea green and ultra violet combination, it ought to have the 60s vibe to it. I do think this “phenomenon” is due to the fact that ultra violet isn’t that common, so when it’s used, it’s used within specific contexts. Compared to pink for instance, you have color that’s beloved by everyone and used in different styles. What I aim to clarify with this ramble is that the styling of ultra violet requires some extra thought as you want to be specific with what “vibe” you create. If you’re happy with the space age fashion, good for you. If not, you might want to neutralize ultra violet a bit.

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Colors To Match

As this is about a color, the natural thing to think about is, of course, what colors to match it with. As mentioned above, this is dependable on what sort of look you want to create. Pea green and ultra violet is a really chic combination, but one strongly associated with the 1960s. Matching ultra violet with silver or white is a stylish way of going for the mystic, spiritual, space fashion kind of vibe with a resemblance to the fashion of the 90s and the 60s as well. Purple and orange is a match for Halloween and purple and black embodies the same “costume” vibe. I think that one of the best ways to keep ultra violet neutral is to pair it with colors that aren’t creating the certain vibe. For instance, ultra violet and grey is rather neutral. So is the purple shade and gold, but also forest green, camel, beige and gold. I think both a hot pink and a navy blue neutralizes the intensity in ultra violet and will harmonize the colors!

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Some Inspiration

Lastly, here’s some inspiration to embrace. From going rather neutral with purple to making it pop with orange – all styles are quite chic honestly! I think the first look, especially, is really chic as the red and blue in the print neutralizes the ultra violet shade. Definitely a weird, but good, way of styling the color if you’re unsure about it!


Folks! What are your thoughts on how to style ultra violet 2018? Do you even want to at all?! Xx

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24 thoughts on “How To Style Ultra Violet 2018

  1. I must confess I’m not a fan of this color, even tho I like almost all the colors of the rainbow ’cause I studied graphic design and all of them play an important role on my daily routine. You made me realize that is not impossible to style the color of the year, the problem with me is that I feel it doesn’t match with my skin tone, but great proposals, promise to try with it at least with accessories or who knows… even a blazer could work 😉

    1. That’s a great connection of graphic design and fashion though, love that insight. And yes, try to neutralize the piece with colors that matches your skin tone! Xx

    1. So true though haha, probably okey to “cheat” yourself out of this by going for something more wearable! Xx

  2. I agree, the best way to approach it is to style it with lighter neutrals, such as white and grey. I also love the other color suggestions you’ve made; I’d love to try combining it with camel or hunter green. I only have a short sleeved top that’s in the color, so I can’t wait to begin styling this summer. Thanks for sharing your tips and thoughts with us, beauty, and I hope you’re having a great week so far; it’s Thursday, whoohoo, lol!



    1. oh looking forward to those outfits Jalisa! I need to try the color myself, honestly! Xx

  3. I was not too thrilled about this color when it was announced. I am not really a purple person in general, and this particular hue had me skeptical. These are some great tips and of course wonderful inspiration as always.
    xo, Whitney and Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

    1. Hahah love that though “seems so Barbie” – stealing your expression! But yes, the match is a match ;), Xx

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