How To Wear Pantone's 2016 Colors This Winter, Because It's Never Too Early

For the first time ever, Pantone chose two colors of the year for 2016. And while there's no doubt that Rose Quartz and Serenity are absolutely gorgeous, they're not exactly very wintery. Which brings me to this very important question: how does one wear Pantone's colors of the year this winter?

Quite easily, actually. According to the AP (via ABC News) the colors were actually inspired by high-profile runway shows from the likes of Chanel and Valentino. Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute Leatrice Eiseman explained to ABC News that the blurring of gender lines in fashion inspired the naming of both a blue and a pink shade for 2016. So the fact that the duo looks like traditional baby colors isn't exactly a coincidence — they were chosen to reflect how our culture, is changing.

So, if this were spring, wearing Rose Quartz and Serenity would be an easy feat. But it's a little more challenging in the winter, when it basically feels like all anyone wears is black or gray. Here are seven perfect winter pieces in the Pantone 2016 colors to work into your wardrobe ASAP. Stay strong — I know how tempting all-black outfits can be!

1. A Warm Jacket

UNIF Certa Puffer Jacket In Pink, $99,

A winter jacket is crucial if you live in a cold climate. Instead of picking one in black or gray, choose a baby pink shade. Not only will your winter attire get a Pantone update, but you'll also stand out like a diamond among a sea of dark jackets.

2. Fuzzy Socks

Bear Graphic Cozy Socks Pack, $5,

Yes, even your sock drawer could use a Pantone update. Everyone who has experienced a harsh winter knows how important warm socks are. Switch out your old ratty pairs for a fresh new set in powder blue. Wearing these around the house, or even peaking out of your boots, will add a fun and playful element to any ensemble.

3. A Festive Dress

Plus Size Frill Detail Strappy Dress Pink, $27.20,

First of all, how cute is this dress? Second of all, how much cuter would it be paired with black tights, over-the-knee boots and a chic coat for a holiday event? So. Much. Cuter. It was probably designed for warmer weather, but even so, with some winterized accessorized, it would be a perfect winter cocktail dress.

4. A Basic Sweater

Hayden Sky Blue Cashmere Knit Crewneck Sweater, $59,

Imagine this Serenity-esque cashmere sweater paired with that fluffy down jacket from earlier? That's what Pantone dreams are made of. This light blue sweater is a winter essential.

5. A Romper

PETITE Satin Plunge Playsuit, $105,

This is another one of those perfect-for-spring-but-also-wearable-in-winter numbers.

6. A Cardigan

Open Front Chiffon Cardigan, $48.50,

The soft, pastel hue of this cardigan would go great against an otherwise basic, all-black ensemble.

7. A Fun Accessory

Avery Crossbody, $175,

And finally, you can never go wrong with a crossbody bag which is, of course, wearable all year long. Picking a bag in a stand-out shade like Rose Quartz will make you stand out no matter what you're wearing or what season it is.

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