Each year the Pantone color institute designates one color they feel really expresses the essence of the year and will be trending strongly in apparel. This year’s choice is Classic Blue, a clear true royal softened just slightly. If it’s a favorite for you – as it is for me – you should find a wide seletion of items featuring it. One of my favorites is the grouping Talbot’s is doing with O Magazine as a fundraiser for Dress For Success.
You can see the pieces on their website. Take a couple of minutes to watch the styling video featuring O’s fashion director Adam Glassman. (I’ll be interested to hear your reactions to his tone.) My favorite cardigan – the Silk-Front Floral – sold out nationwide almost overnight, but it’s still fun to see for style inspiration. Here’s the grouping, modeled by actual clients of Dress For Success in New York.
Beyond the O Colletion, Talbots continues to feature clear blues – always America’s favorite color – in a variety of tops like these, to pair up with light denim, dark denim or classic royal or navy bottoms.
If sewing is your hobby of choice, you’ll want to check out the contest on PatternReview.com for making a garment or outfit featuring Classic Blue and at least one other color from the Pantone 2020 forecast. I already had a skirt in about that color and a shell in the lighter version Pantone calls Faded Denim. So I decided on a kimono in this beautiful chiffon border print. I ran the border vertically on the garment, then embellished the shoulder area with cut-out flowers for a 3-dimensional effect.
I’ll wear it over my blue pieces for a wedding Memorial Day weekend; over winter white pants and shell for a “Wear White” fundraiser and over white denim or pale blue jeans for more casual activities all summer.
You can read my review for all the construction details that make this kimono as beautiful on the inside as the outside. Then head to the contest gallery to see all the creative entries and vote for you favorites. But hurry – voting ends on 3/11.
What variations of Classic Blue will you work into your wardrobe this Spring?