Roses are red, Pantone's 2020 colour of the year is Classic Blue, and so should everything in your wardrobe

Classic Blue - from the runway to the streets. Collage by Afika Jadezweni
Classic Blue - from the runway to the streets. Collage by Afika Jadezweni

And we thank the style gods that we unlearn this arbitrary gendering of colours by the time we can spell the word 'blue', otherwise our wardrobes would lack character and the classic blue eyeshadow of the '80s would have never had its deserved moment.

Speaking of classic blue, Pantone recently made their colour of the year announcement, and as previously mentioned on W24's 2020 fashion forecast; what this information may influence is our "purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design."

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It can be said that 2018 and 2019 probably had the most successful Pantone selections for trends, as 'Ultra Violet' and 'Living Coral' both saw the introduction of several purple and orange-hued products and items into our makeup bags and wardrobes. And we think 'Classic Blue' might complete this hat-trick, as runways, red carpets, and the streets have already heeded the call to ride the blue wave. 

We've got multiple exhibits below:


A model walks the runway during the Andrew GN show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 01: A model walks the runway

A model showcases designs by Leo & Lin at Melbourne Fashion Festival on March 7, 2019. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07: A model showcases

A model walks the runway at the Naim Josefi show during Stockholm Runway SS19. 

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - AUGUST 29: A model walks the r

A model walks the runway at the Naim Josefi show during Stockholm Runway SS19.

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN - AUGUST 29: A model walks the r

Red carpet 

Octavia Spencer attends the 91st Annual Academy Awards. 

HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Octavia Spencer atte

Shailene Woodley arrives at The Fashion Awards 2019. 

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 02: Shailene Woodley ar

Jessica Pimente attends the Orange is the New Black Season 7, World Premiere Screening and Afterparty 2019. 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 25: Jessica Pimente att

Aymeline Valade attends the Vogue diner as part of Paris Fashion Week - Haute Couture Fall Winter 2020.

PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 02: Aymeline Valade attends t

Street style 

SHANGHAI, CHINA - OCTOBER 14: A guest is seen on
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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Effie Kats attends the
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 07: Model Taylor Marie Hi


PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 01: A guest wears a black
PARIS, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 26: Sita Abellan wears s
MILAN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 19: A guest wears blue su

Images: Getty


Court Kitten Heel, R50 at MRP online  

classic blue trends

Pleated polka dot jumpsuit, R659 at Zara 

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Poetry Tawaret Dress, R899 from Poetry stores  

classic blue trends

Elizabeth Arden bold defining liquid liner in blue, R290 from Woolworths Beauty 

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Sorbet Long Wear Nail Polish Waters Summer, R90 at Clicks 

shop 2020's classic blue

STILA Beauty Boss lip gloss in 'blue sky', R260 from Superbalist 

2020 pantone colour of the year

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