Fashion Designers, Shops as well as other industries across the world will be dipping into their blue dye pots following Pantone’s annual colour of the year announcement at the beginning of December. This year, it’s quite simply, classic blue. A shade that sits between our own true blue and royal blue.
It’s a shade that works well on Deeps, Cools and Clears particularly, but don’t forget there’s a blue for everyone, and the trick is to find one that is perfect for you. That said, ‘no’ is a word that I rarely use because I never ‘tell’ any of my clients that they can’t wear a certain colour. Instead, I show them how to wear it or other colours to style it with.
Colour is a very personal thing, I have met clients that take an instant dislike to a shade of green or yellow as it reminds them of a school uniform or particular occasion. The power of colour is greater than what colour we choose to wear, its about how it makes us feel, it change your mood, make you look younger or less tired. So its important you get your colour choices right!
With her natural blonde hair, porcelain skin and light eyes, Cate Blanchett is a LIGHT. She looks fabulous in cornflower blue. Classic blue is slightly deeper and stronger so I would explain to her that she could lighten the overall look by wearing it with soft white or mint. The aim would be to keep everything fresh and light to match her light colouring.
On the other hand, Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have a strong, dramatic look and as DEEPs, can wear classic blue very well. I would show these stunning ladies how to combine it with other colours from their palette such as black or charcoal. Maybe if you were feeling bold you could try aubergine or a bright pink.
Poldark’s Emma Tomlinson is a fabulous redhead and her aim is to balance this with beautiful warm and golden tones. As a WARM, her blues look best when worn with yellow-based colours such as apricot or primrose.
Of course Judi Dench is a COOL and can totally own classic blue, but if she wants to team it with another colour, I would always recommend some contrast as opposed to wearing tonally. Icy blue, soft white or baby pink would be perfect.
Megan Fox has huge contrast between her bright blue eyes, skin tone and dark hair. She’s a Clear and will always look best in strong, vibrant colours such as classic blue. Indeed she looks fabulous in many shades of blue but needs to bear in mind that a contrast of light and dark is best when wearing two or more shades.
On the other hand, Kate Winslet has a much more blended look and would be known as a soft; there is little contrast between her hair, eyes and skin. Classic blue is quite a vibrant colour and would dominate her, so I would suggest teaming it with a softer tonal shade such as light periwinkle or shell.
Can you spot yourself in any of the celebrities?
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