For the last 20 years, Pantone, a US-based colour institute, has been a trend-setter and forecaster. Every year, it chooses a ‘colour of the year’ that represents the global culture, sentiments and events of the time. For 2020, the Pantone Colour of the Year is classic blue – a colour elegant in its simplicity.
This colour that marks the start of the decade represents serenity, stability, and peace in an era of uncertainty and unrest. It also encourages honest communication, reflection and deep thinking and open-mindedness. Pantone says that classic blue reminds one of the vast and infinite evening sky – reassuring, thought-provoking, dependable and anchoring.
Just like every year, this year too, designers, interior decorators, and artists looked forward to the announcement of the colour to incorporate it in their work. You too can use the Pantone Colour of the Year to channelise its tranquillity and resilience in your life this new year.
When it comes to styling, classic blue is a versatile yet eye-catching colour and here’s how to wear it:
Solid Coloured Jacket
Do you know how one clothing item needs to be the central piece around which your whole outfit is built? A solid classic blue jacket can always be it! Whether a basic white tee with jeans or a simple beige dress, it’s perfect if you’re someone who mostly sticks to neutrals and would like a pop of colour without going all out.
On those days when you don’t feel like putting much effort into dressing but still want to look chic, just throw on a classic blue jumpsuit. A bright, statement jumpsuit like this instantly ups your style game and gives people the illusion that you’ve put a lot of effort. Pair it with green or yellow accessories such as shoes and purse – these colours contrast well with classic blue.
Stylish Evening Gown
For an evening party, you may have lined up this year, pick a classic blue dress or gown. Elegance is the essence of this colour, and you’ll catch everyone’s eyes. Both gold and silver jewellery goes well with classic blue. So, take your pick. If you’re feeling bold, use a mix of both. Pair silk or embroidered shawl in white or brown to go along with your dress.
Blue Hued Pants
If you’re not one for too much colour but want to get out of your comfort zone, pick bright blue pants. Tone it down with an earthy and warm beige shirt. To dress it up, throw on a navy-blue jacket or blazer and wear a pair of tawny brown shoes.
A classic blue suit paired with a white t-shirt is what power outfits are made of. This outfit will give a very solid, put-together vibe with an element of fun. A three-piece suit will look as good as a two-piece one. Silver cufflinks would go great with this outfit. Wear brown leather shoes to complete this look.
To add hints of classic blue to your casual outfits in a subtle yet striking way, go for a pair of blue sneakers. You can pair charcoal or chocolate brown chinos with a warm yellow tee. Your favourite pair of jeans will also go well with these sneakers. Pair your blue jeans with a t-shirt of a similar colour to embrace the monotone trend.
In addition to your closet, you can also incorporate the Pantone colour of 2020 in your home for a stunning and serene feel.
If you’re unsure about making a statement colour in blue the centre of your living room, don’t worry! Opt for a classic couch in a neutral or pastel colour to be the centrepiece in your living room and use blue cushions to accentuate it. You can add cushions in various textures to make for an interesting couch or pick a patterned blue pillow to add to a plain sofa for a bold look.
If you have an open concept living room and kitchen, adding an area rug will bring the space together. Choose an elegant blue in any material that will compliment your existing décor – woollen, cotton, silk or jute.
Pick a wall in your living room and paint it classic blue. Add a lot of plants in and around it. Think creepers. Think white pots. This will go especially well if your current theme is minimal or white. In contrast, it will also go well with a lot of brown or black furniture. You can pick an accent wall in the other rooms of your home as well.
A trendy way to incorporate classic blue in your home is to get blue kitchenware. This means blue coffee mugs, blue tea kettles, blue plates, blue forks and spoons and more. You can also look for blue pots and pans that can serve a dual purpose by doubling as décor.
Accentuate Your Bath With Blue Accessories
A fun way to liven up a basic bathroom space is to use tiles on the walls. Classic blue is the perfect colour for this since it isn’t loud and adds a sense of calm to any space. Another way classic blue could be perfect for the bathroom is the element of water – blue is for the sea.
Are you already making a list of all the ways to add classic blue to your closet and space? Check the Shoppers Stop online or in-store collection to get started! Be on the lookout for everything classic blue. As the year progresses, you’ll be able to easily build on your Pantone colour collection and be in line with the global trend.
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