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 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 we use rarely because we never 'tell' our clients that they can't wear a certain colour. Instead, we show them how to wear it.
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 we would explain to her that she could lighten the overall look by wearing it with soft white or mint. Her aim is to keep everything fresh and light.
On the otherhand, Michelle Obama and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, have a strong, dramatic look and as DEEPs, can wear classic blue very well. We would show these stunning ladies how to combine it with other colours from their palette such as black or charcoal.
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 itwith another colour, we 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 otherhand, Kate Winslet has a much more blended look; there is little contrast between her hair, eyes and skin. She's a Soft and as classic blue is quite a vibrant colour, we would suggest teaming it with a softer tonal shade such as light periwinkle or shell.