If you’ve watched the news over the past few months, you may have come to feel alarmed at the tumultuous state of world affairs. And you’re not alone when it comes to yearning for more stability and peace in general. The Pantone Color Of The Year 2020, Classic Blue, was chosen for these very reassuring qualities.
What is Color Of The Year?
Before we elaborate on the qualities of Classic Blue, let’s talk a bit about the concept of Pantone Color Of The Year. The selection process involves a heavy amount of trend analysis; Pantone’s trendspotters keep an eye out for new color influences in different fields, from art to fashion to tech, throughout the year. This is serious business, since color plays an important part in contributing to the visual identity of everything from product to brand. And therefore, Classic Blue being chosen as THE color of 2020 was not a flippant decision, but one reflecting the collective consciousness of the moment.
Why Classic Blue?
Classic Blue looks almost old fashioned when compared to the colors from the recent past, namely Ultra Violet of 2018, Rose Quartz of 2016 and Serenity of 2016. But therein lies the beauty of it. It’s conservative, dependable vibe is exactly why it was chosen. To quote Leatrice Eiseman, the Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute: “We are living in a time that requires trust and faith. It is this kind of constancy and confidence that is expressed by PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue, a solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on. Imbued with a deep resonance, Classic Blue provides an anchoring foundation. A boundless blue evocative of the vast and infinite evening sky, Classic Blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more deeply, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”
Classic blue in menswear
Blue has always been one of menswear’s favorite colors. In fact, it’s one of the safest colors; it looks good on everyone no matter their age or skin tone. It’s the color of style staples rather than trendy buys (we’re not talking to you turquoise blue). And it’s versatile enough to be worn day and night. Just think of all the men you know who’ve paired blue shirts with blue jeans over the past twelve months. Therefore, with the spotlight on Classic Blue this year, you have the freedom to revel in this color and style it accordingly.
How to style classic blue?
Classic blue suits – Take a break from navy blue suits and opt for a classic blue suit instead. It’s a bit more vibrant than the dark navy blues, therefore keep it for special occasions, parties and weddings, where it can really shine.
Classic blue shirts – For those of you who don’t like to draw much attention to yourself, but still want to shop the trends, opt for a classic blue solid shirt which can be easily worn under a black or grey suit.
Classic blue printed shirt – What better way to add the color to your wardrobe, than with prints? Go for stripes, graph or gingham checks, plaids, florals, minute repeat prints, and bold placement prints in this color. Opt for the classic white and blue combination to really show off the shade.
Classic blue trousers – Now this is going to catch everyone’s attention, so play down the shirt. Just wear a plain white shirt and let the trousers do all the talking.
Ties and pocket squares – For those who want only the barest minimum of classic blue in their wardrobes, opt for solid or printed ties and pocket squares in this shade.
And there you have it – imaginative ways to add and style this shade for 2020. Let us know in the comments which of these looks you intend to try first. Head to Tailorman stores to stock up on the latest styles.
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