How to Wear “Classic Blue,” Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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Classic Blue swatch - pantone color of the year 2020

It’s a brand new year, and for us that means a whole new year’s worth of fashion trends to follow! If you’re looking for ways to update your outfits with pieces that you’ll be able to wear for a long time, Pantone’s color of the year for 2020 could be a helpful source of inspiration.

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Pantone, a company that forecasts which colors will be popular in the future, has chosen a color of the year every year for the past twenty years. This year’s color is Classic Blue.

Pantone explains,

“as technology continues to race ahead of the human ability to process it all, it is easy to understand why we gravitate to colors that are honest and offer the promise of protection. Non-aggressive and easily relatable, the trusted PANTONE 19-4052 Classic Blue lends itself to relaxed interaction.”

This shade is not only relaxed, it’s also easy to wear; you probably already own clothing in Classic Blue!

Read on to see a variety of items available in blue that will give you a variety of ways to wear Pantone’s color of the year!

Pantone Color of the Year Clothing

Blue bodysuit, jumpsuit, top, skirt, sweater, velvet blouse, pants, dress.

Products: Bodysuit – Pretty Little Thing, Jumpsuit – Nordstrom Rack, Top – Madewell, Skirt – Nordstrom Rack, Sweater – Madewell, Top – Modcloth, Pants – ASOS, Dress – Lulu’s

Classic Blue is a bold, versatile color to wear. Bodysuits and jumpsuits are an easy way to make a big statement with this fun color trend.

Need something to wear to a formal event? A Classic Blue dress would be an elegant piece to add to your closet.

There are also some clothes in this shade with fun textures. For example, a velvet top is a unique way to wear the color — plus it’s on-trend for the winter season!

Classic Blue Accessories

Blue backpack, hat, phone case, tights, sunglasses, temporary tattoo, earrings, headband, hair scrunchie, and socks.

Products: Backpack – Fjallraven, Hat – Madewell, Phone Case – Skinny Dip London, Tights – Modcloth, Sunglasses – Kate Spade, Temporary Tattoo – Tattly, Earrings – Nordstrom, Headband – Target, Hair Scrunchie – Icing, Socks – Modcloth

There are plenty of accessories that come in Classic Blue!

For college students, a backpack or phone case in the color could be a practical way to wear the trend. Hair accessories like hats, headbands, and scrunchies can be worn frequently, as Classic Blue can be worn with many different colors.

Temporary tattoos are also a unique way to add some color to a look.

Finally, sunglasses and socks are additional ways to incorporate Classic Blue into your everyday accessories.


Pantone color of the year shoes: Blue boots, sneakers, block heels, heels with ankle strap, boots, and flats.

Products: Boots – DSW, Sneakers – ASOS, Heels – Modcloth, Heels – DSW, Boots – Macy’s, Flats – ASOS

Classic Blue shoes are easy to find in a wide range of styles.

Textured boots are perfect for everyday wear, while sneakers with a bit of blue are great if you want just a bit of the color. Heels or flats make a statement while bringing the color of the year to your formal wear.

Classic Blue may be the color of the year, but you’ll be able to wear these shoes beyond 2020!

Pantone Color of the Year Makeup

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 makeup: Blue nail polish, eyeshadow, eyeliner, and lipstick.

Products: Nail Polish – OPI, Eye Shadow – Maybelline, Lipstick – Target, Eyeliner – Colourpop

Blue makeup is somewhat rare, making it a fun challenge to incorporate Classic Blue into your beauty routine.

Why not use the color of the year as an excuse to test out a bold blue eyeliner or lipstick? If you’d rather stick to something a little less dramatic, how about a blue nail polish or eyeshadow?

How Would You Wear Classic Blue?

Which of these items in the Pantone color of the year do you prefer? Let us know in the comments!

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