We might only be a week into December, but Pantone’s already announced its Colour of the Year for 2020. Cue Classic Blue, a darker counterpart to Royal Blue that we’re no stranger to. Think a stress and anxiety-busting hue that you’ll find on Oreo wrappers, Pepsi cans and perhaps the closest comparison: blueberries.
If you’re unfamiliar with the above, here’s the lowdown. Since 1999, Pantone has selected a colour every year they deem representative of global and cultural trends. Blue’s had the spotlight a couple of times – from Cerulian (2000) to Blue Iris (2016). Next year’s Classic Blue, according to Pantone, is a “restful colour representing stability, elegance and simplicity”, a statement made presumably hinting at current turbulent times.
While this shade might seem like a bold choice to incorporate into your everyday wardrobe, it’s more commonly used than you would think. From Balenciaga’s OTT gigantic dress to Sies Marjan’s head-to-toe blue ensembles, this colour has proven to be one that’s both striking and surprisingly, very wearable.
Whether used as an accent colour or as part of a daring block-hued look, this shade of the new decade is certainly one to try out. Above, the blue-hued runway fits that we’re taking inspiration from in 2020.