Classic Blue: How to Wear the Color of the Year

January 29, 2020 Updated: January 29, 2020

We can all agree that everyone loves blue, in different tones and shades, from royal blue to navy blue. As it happens, the Pantone Color Institute deemed “classic blue” the color of the year for 2020.

According to executive director Leatrice Eiseman, classic blue conveys a sense of trust and faith, which we need in this chaotic world. 

“A solid and dependable blue hue we can always rely on,” she said when introducing the color in a press release. “Classic blue encourages us to look beyond the obvious to expand our thinking; challenging us to think more, increase our perspective and open the flow of communication.”

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Ladies: Formal Look 

When it comes to fashion, blue, like black, is a classic color, elegant and simple, yet tranquil and easy to wear. For a formal event, opt for a monochromatic look, blue head to toe, whether with a dress, a suit, or a three-piece outfit. The key is to keep the shades closer together. This look is sophisticated and timeless. 

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Ladies: Casual Look 

For a more casual look, don’t be afraid to contrast classic blue with bold colors like yellow or kelly green. The classic blue will harmonize them—like this blue sweater from Ralph Lauren that balances the flashy colors and conveys a colorful and fun preppy look.

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Men: Casual Look 

Let’s talk about menswear. While classic blue is usually seen in casual and sportswear, it has made its way into the formal world of suits.

For a more athletic wear, classic blue is mixed with all over prints with classic colors like red and white. Ralph Lauren never ceases to reinvent these pattern combinations that often revive a nautical or a patriotic look. 

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Men: Formal Look 

As for formal wear, mixing classic blue with a neutral gray is a quintessential combination that can be updated by playing with fabric textures and patterns. In winter, a wool plaid suit can be paired with a crisp cotton shirt, while in summer, classic blue canvas pants can be mixed with a nice white linen jacket.