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We love discovering and exploring each year’s Pantone Color of the Year. 2019 was the year of a playful, pinky coral (see last year’s article here), and lucky for us, the 2020 color is a gorgeous classic blue that is easy to bring into your wardrobe. Today, we’re spotlighting easy ways to incorporate this dusk-inspired color (and it’s similar shades) into your everyday wear. And these pieces can be worn through the cold weather and beyond. Here’s how to wear 2020’s Pantone Color of the Year!

2020 Pantone Color of the Year - Classic Blue

The 2020 Pantone Color of the Year is “Classic Blue” (described by Pantone as a “dusk-inspired hue”), and we love how easy it is to immerse this color into our wardrobe. Who doesn’t love a cool blue moment? Image: Pantone


This year’s color of the year turns a simple tank, blouse or blazer into a flattering statement piece. Here, we’ve rounded up a few of our current favorite items that either mirror the Classic Blue shade or act as a close relative. Whether you’re in the market for a sophisticated blazer, soft blouse, warm sweater or trench or a rich-colored tank that can be worn for both work and play, consider opting for shades of blue this year!

We love this darker blue blazer ($218) for its on-trend yet elevated cuffed sleeves. The breezy blouse ($89) in a brighter blue can be dressed up or down, making it the ultimate day-to-night piece. On the other hand, this warm turtleneck (on sale for $58.80) and versatile cardigan ($198) will keep you warm through these final few weeks of winter, and the jewel-toned tank ($59) would look beautiful tucked into some pants or a flowy skirt. Top off any look with this blue steel-colored trench ($180) for an added touch of fashionable fun.

Pantone Color of the Year 2020 Jackets & Tops

This year’s Pantone Color of the Year, Classic Blue, is easy to infuse into your everyday wardrobe. Stay sophisticated with this easy blazer ($218) or soft blouse ($89), keep warm with this turtleneck (on sale for $58.80) or cardigan ($198), and stay oh-so-stylish with this jewel-toned tank ($59) and cool trench ($180.) Images: Nordstrom

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If you’d rather go for a fun skirt, statement pant or flattering dress as spring (and wedding season) rolls around, the Pantone Color of the Year makes a splash across all these fashion-forward pieces. And best of all, these shades of blue flatter any skin tone or hair color.

This high-low silk skirt ($62) is a closet addition you won’t regret. Don this for date night, an evening out with the girls or an elegant work event to stay on-trend and stylish. The midi, cap sleeve eyelet dress ($159) is sweet and flirty, ideal for your upcoming beach trip, and these work-appropriate trousers ($170) and pencil skirt ($248) are great pieces to add to your workwear wardrobe. We’re also obsessing over this striped v-neck dress ($248) as the perfect wedding ensemble or night-out piece.

2020 Pantone Color of the Year - Bottoms and Dresses

Classic Blue might feel like an intimidating choice for pants or skirts, but there are plenty of stylish options on the market. We love this high-low skirt ($62) for its silky feel and flirty, flowing cut, while this pencil skirt ($248) and fitted pants ($170) are great for in the office. Go for this midi-length eyelet dress ($159) or striped v-neck dress ($248) for a 2020-appropriate wedding ensemble. Images: Nordstrom

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If you tend to go for more neutral ensembles, you are not alone. In this case, accessories like shoes, earrings or a purse are great pieces for adding interest and color to an otherwise simple look. We’ve pulled a gorgeous pair of heels (on sale for $44.48) that are perfect for a night out and a velvet headband ($28 and one of the year’s biggest accessory trends) great for holding hair back while adding color to your outfit. The statement earrings (on sale for $32.40) are just right for the upcoming warm weather (we’re picturing them with a simple white top, beachy skirt and sandals), while this lightweight linen scarf ($35) is a fantastic item to have while traveling or hitting the beach. Go bold with this bright purse ($295), and stay on-trend with these tie-dye-inspired slide-on mules ($147.95).

2020 Pantone Color of the Year Accessories

If you’d rather dip your toe into the Color of the Year pool, an accessory is the best way to do so. Go for these gorgeous heels ($44.48) or on-trend mules ($147.95), a fun headband ($28), a linen scarf ($35) ideal for those upcoming beach days, funky earrings (on sale for $32.40) or a bright purse ($295). Regardless, you’ll add color and interest to a look without going over the top. Images: Nordstrom

We hope you have enjoyed seeing how we’re styling this year’s Pantone color. Happy shopping!


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