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How to Style Pantone’s Color of the Year, Classic Blue

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Released 1/15/20

 

Welcome to a New Decade! 2020 also brings us the new Pantone color of the year, Classic Blue, which is popping up everywhere in the world of home décor and fashion. With its preppy, Parisian vibes, Classic Blue is perfect medium blue — a hue that is not quite navy, not quite cobalt, but instead, the perfect in-the-middle blue tone sure to flatter all skin tones. This cerulean–esque shade is classic, yet fresh and so easy to style with our simple tips and tricks.

 

Our stylists scoured the Legends Outlets to create three outfits, which highlight some of the freshest trends for 2020 starring, of course, classic blue. From color blocking to a chic monochromatic ensemble and everything in between, you’ll find all of these looks at the Legends Outlets.

 

ISABELLE

Go Bold! Color blocking (wearing contrasting colors in large scale chunks) can be tricky, but when it’s done well, its very effective and modern. The trick is to look for pieces that do the color blocking for you like this gorgeous sweater from Old Navy.

Try mixing classic blue with other bold-colored pieces from the other side of the color wheel, such as marigold, yellow, orange, magenta, red, burgundy and even turquoise. And be brave enough to venture away from just denim and neutrals on your bottom half.  We love Isabelle’s sweater thrown over a simple blue shift dress from Francesca’s, or a beautiful classic blue blouse would pop against a vibrant hot pink pencil skirt, for example.

 

Pro Tip: Stick with the same saturation of colors. You don’t want a very bold, saturated hue with a pastel. Pair bold with bold and let the color do the talking!

 

Get Isabelle’s look:

Pair a slightly oversized color block sweater over a solid dress that will easily transition to spring. Add a white combat boot like this Steve Madden pair from Off Broadway, or a sandal when the temps start to rise!

  • Sweater: Old Navy
  • Dress: Francesca’s
  • Boots: Off Broadway
  • Earrings: Francesca’s

 

BRIANNA

If blue isn’t necessarily your favorite color, adding it into your wardrobe through a print or a bold accessory or two is best. The fresh pop of color can modernize your wardrobe in an inexpensive way that still makes you feel like “you” and doesn’t lead you too outside your comfort zone.  Bring in Classic Blue through accessories like jewelry , purses, and prints like this gorgeous blouse from Ann Taylor Factory at Legends Outlets.  Paired with a classic black trouser, Brianna is ready to hit the office, but she could easily swap the pants for denim for a night out with friends!

 

Get Brianna’s look:

Choose a blouse that features a print that speaks to you featuring a hint of Classic Blue—a stripe, a plaid, a floral—it doesn’t matter! Paired with a sleek pant, the focus of this outfit is undoubtedly the classic plaid print, and the hints of blue are also brought out through gorgeous blue-toned jewelry.

  • Blouse: Ann Taylor Factory
  • Pants: Ann Taylor Factory
  • Pumps: Off Broadway
  • Choker & Earrings:  Francesca’s

 

OLIVIA

Take street style to the next level by creating a monochromatic look—head to toe in the same blue hue. The key to pulling off a monochromatic look is the incorporation of different textures—think leather with fur, sequins with satins, or knits with cozy quilted fabrics like Olivia chose with this sleek knit body-con dress from Michael Kors paired with her blue quilted puffer jacket. Tres chic! Throw on a stylish sneaker, and you’re good to go!

 

Pro Tip: When you do a monochromatic look with many different textures, keep the accessories bold, but not busy—a classic gold cuff and simple oversized hoop earring do the trick.  

 

Get Olivia’s Look:

Look for pieces that juxtapose each other just enough in shape and texture but feature the same classic blue tone. Olivia’s body-con dress is the perfect lady-like touch to hold its own under a sporty puffer jacket. Her quilted leather blue backpack is the perfect finish-the-look piece. Shop all these pieces at the Legends Outlets.

  • Dress: Michael Kors
  • Jacket: Michael Kors
  • Backpack: Michael Kors
  • Jewelry: Francesca’s