Welcome the New Decade with Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020

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When Australian creative duo JACK + HUEI mockingly suggested that Pantone’s Color of the Year 2020 should be Bleached Coral, a sequel to 2019’s Living Coral, my first reaction was – not bad! I quite like the so-called Bleached Coral color (P115-1 U) that went viral online. Plus, after looking at Pantone’s choices in recent years, I realized the color institute tends to maintain a balance by choosing something very different from the year before. While there is no official name for P115-1 U, Pantone does have a Bleached Aqua color.

Just a few days before the official announcement of 2020’s Color of the Year, it was rumored that the chosen hue would be inspired by the sea. On December 6, Pantone finally announced the winner – Classic Blue, “a timeless and enduring blue hue, timeless in its simplicity.”

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While some were expecting more futuristic or youthful colors like silver or yellow (it’s the beginning of a new decade, after all), Pantone has chosen a rather muted blue. It’s not bright, nor is it shimmery, although Pantone has thrown in a lot of shimmery colors in its palette suggestions).

Instead of the typical indigo color that first comes to mind you hear the word blue, Classic Blue leans more towards Prussian Blue, with a hint of teal. It might look a little conservative at first glance, but you’ll find this color is quite versatile and attractive! Here’s a collection of blue items that can be incorporated into your daily life:


The easiest way to channel the blue trend is, of course, to wear denim. There are also a lot of other materials you can try – suede, wool, leather, velvet, fleece, corduroy… you name it! Winter is a great time to layer on different fabrics. Classic blue goes well with white and camel to create serene wintry vibes.


For those who want just a pinch of the color, get a beret, scarf, gloves or socks! These “peripherals” are not only vital in keeping you warm, they also highlight your outfit and flaunt your taste without going all out. If you’re into artsy socks, try a pair with a Great Wave or Starry Night print.


Just like the accessories you wear on your body, a phone case or AirPods case cover are easy ways to tap into the blue trend. I’ve also included a fluorescent notebook that reminds me of Frozen, The Chronicles of Narnia and just about any magical winter tale. If you’re hosting a house party, consider getting blue ceramic tableware.


K-pop stars are changing their hair color from ash gray, platinum and pink to ash blue. CCLIMGLAM’s Chameleon Styling Wax allows for a quick highlight or full dive into blue that you can wash off easily, while the TONYMOLY x Monsta X hair treatment can last for more than two weeks.


If you’re afraid that blue makeup might look too loud on ordinary days, the holiday season is the perfect time to give it a try! From subtle options to bolder picks, your trial list should go like this: contact lenses, eyeliner, mascara, eye shadow and lipstick. Make sure you wear something dark too, or your makeup could look quite out of place.


Nail varnish, stickers or ornaments – no matter which you choose, rest assured that you’ll be praised for your blue nail art. I love to mix shimmery blue with gold and silver for a chilly but festive mood.

Skin Care

Can skin care products be naturally blue? Yes, they can! Azulene, a blue substance found in German chamomile, is gaining a lot of attention these days. The substance is known for its soothing and anti-oxidizing benefits. The Midnight Blue Calming Cream, Youth Activating Drop and Calming Sheet Mask from Dear, Klairs are blogger faves, and NEOGEN also just launched an Azulene Soothing series comprising of a cleanser, a mousse toner, an ampoule and a cream.

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