HAPPY BLUE YEAR!!
My favorite color has always been blue, especially bright royal blue, so imagine my excitement when I found out it was the Pantone’s choice for color of the year. This means there will be a plethora of clothing and accessory choices in the color blue, along with home goods, in fact it will have influence in all areas of design, packaging, and graphic design. Blue looks good on every person and every skin tone. Have you ever noticed on TV; the personalities always look their best when wearing blue? And you cannot beat blue when you have blue or brown eyes for an ultimate flattering color that makes your eyes pop.
In this age of turmoil and unrest, blue instills calmness and connection. Classic blue is elegant in its simplicity. Suggestive of the sky at dusk, or the waters of the Caribbean, blue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation as we cross the threshold into a new era. Pantones Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute says, “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by Pantone’s Classic Blue. A boundless blue, evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond.”
A few facts about the color blue. Did you know if you include blue in your Instagram posts you will receive 25% more “likes”? If you are going to an interview, blue is the best color to wear because it sends out the message of confidence and reliability. Blue has a calming effect and people tend to associate the color with intelligence, trust, efficiency and tranquility. Blue shades of clothing are often chosen by kind, sympathetic, and courteous people.
Let’s add some blue into our wardrobe in some creative mixes! One of my favorite ways to wear any color is monochromatic, which simply means wearing different hues of one color. It is sometimes referred to as “tonal”. Pull together some blue pieces in your closet, mixing classic blue with navy, or sky blue and whatever blue you have making sure they all have the same undertones. They will usually have either a purple or green undertone. Pulling them together in an outfit gives off a feeling of elegance and simplicity over a high contrasting outfit. One way to pull together a monochromatic outfit is to go to your closet and pull out all the items in the color you want to wear. Once you have the items laid out, start experimenting by combining your pieces into outfits. See what looks good together and come up with several new ways to wear your clothing. When wearing tonal outfits, it is important to mix your textures to add visual interest and depth so its not one dimensional. An example would be to mix a shiny texture such as silk with a rough dull texture such as faux suede.
Of course, there are the tried and true ways to wear classic blue which are always good such as red, white and blue, an all-time summer classic. Blue and Kelly Green have been around for decades but still manage to look fresh together. Blue can be considered a neutral, especially in its darker tones. Another fresh approach to combining the blues in your closet is to pair it with yellow. Yellow is the color of happiness, sun and laughter. Blue and yellow reminds us of a field of flowers. Yellow actually lifts your mood and the mood of those around you! Try yellow shoes or a handbag when wearing blue. It will add a fresh dose of happy summer to your outfit. Blue combined with black is a rather new color combination. In years past, we were afraid to put it together, especially navy and black. Now it is quite fashionable to put the two together. It softens the seriousness of black, and says you are serious yet sensitive and stylish. Add a navy jacket over a black dress and enjoy the fresh combination of color. In the past few years, grey has become a dominant color in furnishings, paint color and clothing so you probably have many variations of grey in your closet. Combining them with blue gives them new life and a youthful perspective.
I am excited to see what the stores will have to offer this year in blue. From blue florals on a black background to blue and white nautical stripes, I am excited about shopping this year. Maybe we need to even add some blue pillows to the sofa or paint a room blue! We can all use more tranquility in our lives!