Have you ever wondered why you suddenly see a color everywhere? From the runway to the department store to the home, Pantone’s Color of the Year often drives the trends.
“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era,” – Pantone
Of course, we love this timeless color that will ease us into a new decade — we chose a similar hue when we recently rebranded, referring to our similar version as “Better Blue.”
We asked local designers, stylists, and trendsetters to share their favorite ways to bring Classic Blue into your home, and why they love their picks. From wallpaper and clothing, to a statement handbag and even fitness equipment, you’ll see Classic Blue is all over the market already. We added some of our favorites items too, especially ones that pack some extra social impact, to boot.
Hanna Donnelly, Personal Stylist and Owner of Hanna Lee Style:
“Designer Sophia Reyes does it again with this knockout versatile blue dress. Dress it up with a tall black boot (yes, you can mix blue and black!) or wear it casually this spring with a metallic sandal.”
Barrow Lapis Volta Necklace, $65 at Milk Handmade
“Accessories are an easy way to try a new color and you can’t go wrong adding this to your collection. This beautiful and easy-to-wear necklace infuses the color of the year and a pop to any outfit! Whether you wear it with an easy tee and denim, topped with your favorite scarf to reveal the necklace later or pair it over a dress — you’ll look totally put together wearing this beauty.”
Carly Pokornowski Moeller, Registered Interior Designer and Owner of Unpatterned:
“This wallpaper embodies Classic Blue while combining other blue tones to create depth. I love that it feels geometric and organic at the same time, and was created from a hand-drawing by a Chicago textile designer.”
“I spied Everand at Show of Hands and really appreciate the fact that they provide a great combination of quality home goods made by Chicago refugee women. Everand has a variety of pillows in a range of Classic Blue colored prints and each piece tells a story. (Not to mention so many of their pillows would pair well with Relativity Textiles Rebozo Azul!)”
Macie Crumb, Master Instructor at Studio Three:
SPRI Braided Xertube®, $36.98
“These guys are definitely in my top favorites because they’re versatile and can be used for many different movements. I typically will use them for more upper body focused workouts. Think bicep curls, overhead presses, tricep kickbacks, front raises, etc. or maybe even looping it to a bench for bent over rows, chest flys, core work, etc.”
Nike Pro Warm Tights, $60
Macie’s favorite tights, in the color of the year with fun gold detail.
Katie Schuppler, Personal Stylist and Owner of KS Style Consulting:
“This Prada tote is luxe and dependable just like the color of the year is meant to be! Perfect for the woman who needs to carry it all while still looking stylish.”
“An iconic shoe with a little sparkle never goes out of style! Like Classic Blue, this shoe will never be dated.”
Winifred Gundeck, Owner of Winifred Grace:
KJ Made Demi in Navy, $200 at Winifred Grace
“KJ made is an Andersonville-based woman owned business that we partnered with as soon as we could. Kris hand makes each pair of shoes with an eye for style and a real attention to quality.”
Fiore Denim Skinny Jeans, $98 at Winifred Grace
“The jeans are a classic well-made, well-priced style that is flattering on everyone!”
Here are some of our favorites:
Made specially for the color release, these shoes will show your love for Pantone and Classic Blue. The sneakers are also made from self-regenerating bamboo and recycled plastics, from heel to toe.
This beautiful blue pullover is part of Margaret O’Leary‘s gifts-that-give-back line, where artisan partners help empower women and create a positive impact on their lives.
Bungalow 5 Isadora Side Table, $934 at Bedside Manor (a Best of 2019 Winner!)
We love classic blue paired with gold accents, which is especially charming on this table.
Say goodbye to single-use plastics with this stylish BPA-free bowl. Porter also gives back by supporting food education through Edible Schoolyard NYC.
Warby Parker Saylor Sunglasses, starts at $145 (a Best of 2019 Winner!)
Not only are these sunglasses on trend, but they also showcase the color of the year in a unique way. Plus, when you buy a pair, Warby Parker gives back a pair to those in need.
Le Creuset 8 Qt. Signature Oval Dutch Oven in Marine Blue, $299 at Bloomingdale’s
From baking to roasts, you’ll love this dutch oven for decades to come, cutting down the impact on purchasing multiple cookware items.
Yes, another gold and blue mix, but we just can’t get enough. This chair from Jayson Home would add a bold and calming touch to any home.
Macaire Douglas lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband and two sons. She proudly supports Save Abandoned Babies Foundation, a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that works tirelessly to prevent the illegal abandonment of newborns nationwide. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,600 newborns have been safely surrendered and adopted into loving homes.