Courageous. Confident. Vital.
These are just some of the words that color authority Pantone uses to describe their 2011 Color of the Year, a bright and lively honeysuckle pink. The dusky fuschia-like shade is “a brave new color, for a brave new world,” according to Pantone, “a captivating, stimulating color that gets the adrenaline going.”
Whew. Sounds like a lot of pressure for a little splash of pink. But honeysuckle can handle the heat: bold when it needs to make a statement, quietly powerful when it stays in the background. The perfect shade to slip on in the morning to get your engines running and to wear to spice things up at night.
If you balk at adding honeysuckle to your home décor or everyday wardrobe, a great way to incorporate Pantone’s Color of the Year into your life is through lingerie. Just think of the delight you’ll get from knowing this vibrant hue is what’s hiding underneath your workday neutrals. We can’t think of a better way to ward off the winter doldrums!
To help you get into the honeysuckle groove we’ve put together some great options for those who want to add some lively, vibrant pink to their sweet nothings.
Made by Niki
If you want to do away with bland nude and black for your bra sets you may want to consider Made by Niki’s Electric Shock. This particular set features a vibrant pink paired with an equally bright orange, a great combo for the girl who loves color. Function isn’t forgotten either — the straps unhook so you can wear this lightly padded bra in multiple different styles. Pair the bra with a matching brief or thong in beautiful pink satin decorated with orange lace overlay for a perfect combo. Want the ultimate statement? Grab the suspender belt to complete this va-va-voom look. From $58, Catriona Mackechnie.
Known for their feminine, flirty and fun styles Juicy Couture definitely delivers where bright pink loungewear and lingerie is concerned. To add some kick to your loungerie this winter try Juicy Couture’s Valentine camisole and briefs. Adorned with adorable ruffles and bows, this crepe camisole works solo or layered under a roomy cardigan as outerwear. $130 for set, net-a-porter.
Honeysuckle can also work with traditional and classic styles; just take Lise Charmel’s lace-trimmed Lise in Love Waist Cincher, for instance. This lace-up boned corset pairs romantic, 17th century detailing with a very modern hue. Charmel also offers a variety of other products in spring’s hottest color including a matching brief for the corset, a Lise in Love Bustier ($213) and a sheer lace boyshort ($114) that, given its delicate material, is a more subdued take on vibrant honeysuckle. Cincher – $172, Nancy Meyer.
Lacy and comfortable Hanky Panky panties come in a variety of cuts and colors. Hanky Panky’s Lollipop Pink is the perfect shade for spring. And you get to choose what style you prefer your lacy underthings, from Original Thong (above) to lacy Boyshort. From $18, Journelle.
How can you go wrong with bright and beautiful French lace lingerie? That’s right, you can’t. Deborah Marquit’s sheer lacy confection is so pretty you won’t want to cover it up. From $110, net-a-porter.
If you’d rather your honeysuckle come as an accent rather than the main dish, then you’ll probably enjoy a set like Agent Provocateur’s Ashleen. This peony-print set comes trimmed in honeysuckle pink lace; choose between padded bra, brief and suspender—or all three. From $140, Agent Provocateur.
Looking for something comfortable and functional? Betsey Johnson Intimates flannel honeysuckle PJs in a riotous floral print are the perfect choice. The cut and fabric make these pajamas ideal for curling up in, while the vibrant colors set these PJs apart from their boring brethren. $69.95, Scarlet Shop.
So take a chance and add a little color to your life with spring’s hottest hue, a vibrant pink that will be sure to brighten your days—and your nights!