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?

About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.


  1. Judith kempf on March 10, 2020 at 9:56 am

    this is so funny Nancy, I still follow the advice you gave me years ago. When I met you at the sewing syminars in St. Louis and you did my colors. I was just thinking I need to make me a new blue outfit. I love suede silk material . I use a lot of Style arch pattern. one of my favorite is the safari Sam pattern. I have made a lot of these shirts.I was so happy that you said this spring color is Blue. I also have been making Kimonia jackets. so that was also pretty awesome to know. Style Arc has a really nice one. that I have made. I love your emails Keeps me on my toes.
    Thanks Nancy. Judy Kempf…

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 10, 2020 at 4:47 pm

      Glad you’re enjoying the newsletter – and thanks for the tip on the StyleArc kimono pattern. Love their stuff, but I hadn’t zeroed in on that one. I’ll check it out.

  2. Lisa M. H. Taylor on March 10, 2020 at 12:27 pm

    I love this kimono and I am so excited that Blue is the color for the year.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 10, 2020 at 4:21 pm

      This is my second one from this pattern, and I feel so fabulous wearing them both that I may do another one. Check out our gorgous chiffon prints in the Shop on our site. The tough part is deciding which ones NOT to choose!

  3. TC Ferrito on March 10, 2020 at 7:21 pm

    Blue is my favorite color and I own a lot of it. And I have a stash of blue fabric that needs to be sewn up. I like the Talbots Oprah collection. But yes, Adam is a bit condescending. I didn’t like the comments about what we want to hide.

    I also noticed that the prices on these cardigans are higher than in past years. I hope thats because so much is going to a good cause. I wondering if I can copy the silk cardi, since its sold out.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm

      Glad I’m not the only one who found Adam’s tone as a bit annoying. I pretty consistently find his articles that way, but hadn’t really ever heard him “live”. Now about the cardigan – I think the idea of using a print – particularly a bordered scarf – as a cardi front with knit back and sleeves is a really cool idea.

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