Constantly changing, the fashion industry has no use for nostalgia. From tweed skirt suits of the 40’s to denim overalls from the 90’s, tried and true trends are torn apart and made anew, twists on standard styles and iconic decades are re-imagined for the modern fashionista. As the year changes, so will the fashions, but there’s one thing you can always count on. That is, Pantone is sure to release a color of the year, and people are sure to have feelings on it. Classic Blue has won over Pantone’s heart, so be prepared for chiffon evening gowns in midnight navy, and linen suits in dusky blue. Whether you love Classic Blue and can’t wait to wash your wardrobe in its forgiving folds, or think the Pantone Police are out to get you and your nuanced nudes, one thing is certain; Classic Blue will be everywhere in 2020, first and foremost, on the runway.
Plump and ready to pop, blueberries climb in bushels, bountiful while in bloom. Their dusty shades glimmer faintly in the light, taking in the sun that feeds their faded fashion. Sandy soils nourish roots reaching deep, as oceans of classic blue are seen on the horizon. Breathing deep, the smell of the not-so-distant sea dances on waves and winds, surrounding the scent of these ripe jewels. Their rich wine will enamor you in the heat of the summer, encouraging you to reach out for a taste of their spread, sweet and tangy. Classic Blue brings you back to the world, nurturing your style as blueberries nurse your soul, spreading a smile across your face like jam on toast.
From brunch to bridal parties, allow classic blue to shine a better (blue) light on your wardrobe. Kate Spade New York fashions a gorgeous dress, pairing a variety of blues with the one true Classic Blue hue in a floral print, upping the bar for everyone interested in this latest trend. Both Alberta Ferretti and Alexander McQueen created lovely evening gowns with fading shades, while Gucci went for the dressed down look, a turn from their usual over-the-top ensembles. Moschino channeled Van Gogh for a starry style, and Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini’s dress blooms on the blue background. Salvatore Ferragmo’s stripped down style features a lovely checkered skirt and simple turtleneck, simple and exquisite.
Fashion The Todea Slip Dress in Classic Blue velvet for a bold and bodacious style, or create dress pants from cotton sateen. Utilize appliques on a denim jacket for a pop of Classic Blue, or check out Mood’s Iris Skirt in a blue brocade for a powerful silhouette.
Pairs Well With
Like good wine and a sharp cheese, Classic Blue plays well with others. Pantone released 5 color palettes to go along with their 2020 color of the year, each steeped in shades that allow the blue to bloom. Ponder features hues of light blue and beige reminiscent of days spent by the beach, drenched in the sun and shade of dense umbrellas, displayed beautifully by Lela Rose’s color-blocked dress. Snorkel utilizes brighter shades, like watermelon green and pink, reminding us of backyard parties, jumping into pools with reckless abandon and the occasional belly flop. Duru Olowu’s stunning pattern-play dress is anything but a flop in Snorkel. Desert Twilight shows shades of silver paired with lilac, evoking images of deserts in full bloom, cacti climbing towards the unrelenting sun as it sets, the ideal color collection for Ace & Jig. Exotic Tastes reminds us that variety is truly the spice of life, as different shades lay together like beds of powdered turmeric, cinnamon, and lavender, their beautiful correlation present on the blooming suit from Mulberry. Untraditional takes Classic Blue to new territories with clashing colors like red, green, and gray that allow the blue to blossom, which Marc Jacobs presents with ease.
Check out Mood’s Patchwork Collection for tips on how to cultivate a patchwork wardrobe based on Classic Blue, or use lace trim to add pops of Classic Blue to your colorful ensembles. Use a Classic Blue lining on leisure suits for a quick pop of solid color, or create eye-catching jackets with Classic Blue sequins lined with a floral print!
Rhapsody in (Classic) Blue
A woman once told me that I should only wear blue, since blondes look best in the colors of twilight. Little did she realize, everyone should wear blue because blue looks great on literally everyone. Itching to try out bodacious blue and let it ripple across your body like waves? Check out The Ercilla Suit in velvet for an eye-catching leisure suit, or go for something a little simpler with The Alder Top in satin. Try out The Pine Dress for cocktail parties, or bring business attire up a notch with The Gilia Dress featuring bands of beige to tackle the Ponder palette. Fashion The Melia Blouse in lime green with Classic Blue cuffs and collar for a twist on the Snorkel palette, or capitalize on the Desert Twilight palette with an ombre Classic Blue Hibiscus Robe featuring lavender Marabou feather trim and paired with gray house slippers. Warm up with The Willow Cardigan Redux in a Classic Blue rib-knit with a funky colored fur trim!
Take to the trims in Classic Blue to adorn all your ensembles with pops of this lovely color, or fashion a Classic Blue Blouse with white trim for seams that catch the eye. Fashion The Cassia Skirt with Classic Blue, and utilize leather for the finishing touches!
Do you find Classic Blue to be the one true hue? Are you totally over blue, and in fact, Pantone colors as a whole? Let me know what you think in the comments, and how you will (or won’t) be utilizing this luscious color in your closet. Don’t forget, check Mood Sewciety regularly for further trend reports, free sewing patterns in a wide range of sizes, tutorials, and more!