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Pantone Color of the Year 2022: Very Peri

Very Peri is Pantone’s Color of the Year for 2022. A combination of the “trusted and beloved blue color family” and a violet red undertone, Very Peri PANTONE 17-3938 is meant to evoke the “spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence” necessary as we move into this world of unprecedented change.

Who couldn’t use some of that about right now? Wishing you enough trust and joy to get through January 2022!

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On the Runway

I have to admit, I haven’t always been a fan of Pantone’s color of the year choices. This year, however, I’m a happy camper. There is not a lot of periwinkle being shown on the runway or available in stores. We tell our clients who look good in shades of periwinkle—the peri in very peri—to grab it when they see it! Retailers, looking to capitalize on the trend but without true periwinkle options, are pulling in multiple shades of blue with violet. For fellow purple fans like me, this is your time!

Valentino, Alexis Mabille, and Tod’s runways shows courtesy of


If you are a true periwinkle fan, you must get yourself a pair of Very Peri sneakers by Cariuma, as seen below. They make a super comfortable, truly cool skater style sneaker in Pantone’s color of the year, every year. Although periwinkle is not a shade I’ve worn a lot of in the past, this is the year to try it! I’m also coveting the very wearable Very Peri cotton crepe blouse from cult fashion line Xirena.


Are you an adventurous makeup wearer? Despite its beautiful shade, I don’t know that I’d actually wear Glossier’s Pool Skywash eyeshadow. I definitely would wear the OPI nail polish in periwinkle shimmer all summer! What about you?


And finally, I’m inclined to buy every one of the below items for the RLS office? No, seriously. I’ll take it all!

Real Life Style is a style consulting firm that teaches busy women to wear their power so they can live their lives fully and confidently. Lani Inlander and Kyle Dunphy are based in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and serve clients across the country. We offer personal styling services, an on-demand e-course, corporate services, and training to become a personal stylist.

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