At the beginning of the year, I found myself wearing a daily “uniform”: gray puffer coat, fleece top, black leggings, and black snow boots. Practical but boring! Now that the warmer months have arrived, I’m ready for a burst of color. So, I’ve been looking at the Pantone Color Trend Reports, watching runway shows, and shopping online for color inspiration. Whether you’re looking for something new or “shopping” in your own closet, read this post for some of my favorite 2020 color trends, as well as some fresh combinations that you might want to try…
Classic Blue, Navy Blue, and Denim
I was beyond excited to see that Pantone chose Classic Blue as the color of the year. Blue is such a versatile, universally flattering color. Blue is also a calming, soothing, uplifting color so it’s a really good option for your home too!
Swap out your black closet staples for something navy, classic blue, or denim.
For a rainy spring, invest in a blue rain jacket. For work, video conferences or a night out try a navy blazer (this one has a pretty detail in the back.) Do you need a more casual look? A denim jacket is always in style. For something new and different, try a denim trench coat or buy a stylish jacket for your favorite pup!
If you are looking for new jeans, then consider a pair of high-rise skinny jeans, bootcut jeans (cropped or full-length), or mom jeans. They’re all back in style this year and flatter most body types.
J.Crew’s Vintage Straight Jean is a roomy, comfortable jean, which works for anyone with a pear or apple-shaped figure. If you prefer skinny jeans, then consider Madewell’s 10″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans in Horne Wash. Light blue is perfect for spring and summer.
You can wear your blue pieces with any other color (think about how denim looks good with everything!)
My favorite combinations are:
Blue and green.
Blue with a pop of yellow or orange.
Dark Green, Kelly, Sage, and Mint:
Though Pantone didn’t emphasize green in its color palettes for this year, it has been a favorite in street fashion and on social media and has become one of the most prominent 2020 color trends.
Dark green or olive can be a “neutral” and is a nice substitute for black and gray.
If you bought any in a camouflage print last year, hang on to it as it will continue to be trendy through 2020. If you don’t already have something in camouflage, take a look at Anthropologie’s Wanderer Cargo Camo Pants or Athleta’s Elation Camo 7/8 Tight. Both are casual and comfortable for walks in the park, weekend errands or hanging out at home.
If kelly green is too bright for you, then there are plenty of soft, faded, and light options like Loft’s Eyelet Hem Slim Pocket Skinny Jeans in Matcha Latte or Gap’s Paperbag Mini Skirt.
If you want a hint of mint, then try Essie’s Express To Impress nail polish.
For more ideas on what colors work well with green, take a look at my post: What To Wear With Green.
Reds, Oranges, And Yellows:
If you love bright, energetic colors, then you’ll find plenty of options in bright red, orange and yellow.
My favorite combinations:
Golden yellow with gray and white.
Red and white.
Orange and blue.
Pink never seems to go out of style, and this year is no exception. Pale pink (like olive) has become another “new neutral” so you’ll find plenty of options online and in-store.
If you have blue undertones in your skin (rosy skin tone, with blue veins on the underside of your wrist), then try a deep pink or cotton candy pink. Banana Republic’s Cocoon Coatigan sweater and Pink Mist Bodysuit are two nice options for spring.
If you have golden undertones in your skin (peachy skin, with greenish veins on the underside of your wrist) then peach and dusty pinks will flatter you. Loft’s Tassled Tie Neck Tunic Sweater and Ruffled Mixed Media Shell in Pink Fizz are in soft, warm pinks.
My favorite combinations are;
Pinks with blue (light pink with dark blue or vice versa)
Pink from head to toe.
Pink with Purple (again mix darks and light colors.)
Cinnamon, Grape, Tan, and Lavender
If you prefer earthy tones, you’ll love cinnamon, grape, and lavender. Madewell, Anthropologie and Free People tend to carry these colors all the time.
There’s something luxurious about tan accessories, like Staud’s Rey Bag in tan.
If you don’t already have a pair of loafers, take a look at Madewell’s Frances Loafer.
For sandal season, take a look at Dolce Vita’s Women’s Noor Espadrille Sandals.
I love wearing these warm, spicy colors together, or with whites and light pinks.
What are some of your favorite 2020 color trends? Neutrals Neons? Pastels? Brights? Do you have a go-to color combination that cheers you up?