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5 ways to wear Classic Blue: the 2020 Pantone Colour of the Year

Feeling blue?

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Written by
Jenny Leung
&
Cara Hung
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The most exciting event of the year for colour fanatics is the announcement of the Pantone Colour of the Year, and this year it’s been named as Classic Blue. A pleasing tone to many, Classic Blue emanates strength and confidence yet remains peaceful and evocative. This is a colour that is both genderless and timeless, and so it makes for a very versatile tone through which to express oneself. From oversized power suits to urban streetwear, get ready to be the centre of attention as we share our guide to incorporating Classic Blue into your look.

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Five ways to wear Classic Blue

Take it to the streets
North Face

Take it to the streets

The athleisure movement enjoys continued popularity due to its versatility, in seamlessly connecting the just-did-a-workout look with high fashion. Just like Classic Blue itself, you can achieve a casual-yet-sleek vibe, while still maintaining a style that's fashionably classy without trying too hard (plus, it’s so comfortable). This versatility also means that whether you're just meeting up with a few friends or actually heading to the gym, you can't go wrong. And the best thing is, you don't have to go too far to search for athletic streetwear, as there's already a huge selection available from many of the big-name brands!

Timeless Denim
Chanel

Timeless Denim

Why? Because denim never goes out of style (even flared jeans made a comeback). Adding a touch of texture to Classic Blue, denim makes being on-trend easy and accessible for everyone. A safe bet would be to don a pair of classic dark-blue jeans, but for those looking to play up their outfit the easy way, throw on a denim jacket too, and you've got your denim-on-denim look on point. If you're not sure what works for you, have a play around. Patchwork denim, tie-dye, vintage-washed, boyfriend jeans, or even mum's jeans, there's bound to be a combination that works for you.

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Make a statement
Fendi

Make a statement

For those who like to keep things sweet and simple, all you need is a single statement-making piece in your wardrobe and you're good to go. Sling on a blue vintage backpack, put on a pair of oversized ‘granny’ sunglasses, or rock the streets with a pair of square-toe kicks. No matter how big or small, adding a pop of blue to your ensemble will make you stand out from the crowd.

Going head to toe
LV

Going head to toe

If you’re worried about looking like a smurf, just remember that fashion is all about experimenting and finding what works for you, and only you. Since Classic Blue is such an approachable and easy-to-wear colour, you have extra freedom to mix and match every piece of clothing or accessory in different styles, fabrics, shades, and patterns you see fit. Checkered patterns meet bold stripes, a cocktail dress matched with a pair of sneakers; you own your own style.

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Suit up
Benoit Auguste

Suit up

If you've followed any of the spring/summer 2020 runway shows, then you'll know that power suits are an influential staple that continues to dominate this year. Whether it's for a business meeting or a glamorous party, a stylish power suit is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. If a standard slim-cut suit has got you yawning, consider changing things up with different cuttings and fabrics. A blue faux-leather blazer brings a hint of enigmatic sophistication, while an oversized cutting exudes style yet remains casual.

Eyes, eyes, baby
VDL

Eyes, eyes, baby

Prefer to stay subtle with blue, yet show off your eye for detail? Adding it to your makeup collection can work too. While blue eyeshadow may take most of us down a 90s memory lane that we so desperately want to forget about, remember that fashion trends are cyclical, and blue is making a comeback. Instead of plastering your eyelids with blue, try different shades and shimmers of the colour. Better yet, bring out your playful side and opt for something a little less bold yet unique, like blue eyeliner, to make your eyes pop, or blue mascara to accentuate your features.

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