Originally appearing on BusinessMirror, September 29, 2014
New Jersey-based fashion stylist Christie Maruka counts 52 shades of blue—and many stylists would adjust that number even higher.
Maruka has a simple mantra: “Life is too short to wear a bad outfit.” She points out that blue is the most popular color in the United States and Europe today. In fact, the deep indigo that showed up during Fashion Week in New York and Europe is already part of our wardrobes. “Radiant Orchid” might go out of style (sorry Pantone), but will blue jeans ever take a bow and leave center stage? We think not.
“Blue is a cool color we associate with a clear sky and the deep sea,” Maruka says. “When it comes to wearing the right shade of blue for your complexion, it’s quite simple. It’s one of my favorite colors to work with when styling my clients.”
For those with fair skin, light, sky and powder blue often accent skin tones. Add to those turquoise, aquamarine and other shades of pale blue with just enough pigment to look great on those who likely have blond or red hair.
“Pair this combo with a red lip for a pop of color and perfection,” she says.
For those with dark and medium complexions, look to bold shades like cobalt, azure, indigo, navy and royal.
“The shade of blue that is right on trend for fall is cobalt,” Maruka says. “Some colors are timeless, and this is one.”
Style expert and author Bridgette Raes agrees that cobalt is a very flattering color for many, but not all.
“For some, the color is too bright and clear to be worn near the face,” she says. “However, there are plenty of ways to wear it that don’t conflict with one’s coloring, like accessories and bottoms.”
Raes says bright blue also works well with a lot of other blue shades as well, including navy.
So, while powder blues might be looking up for spring 2015, those deeper hues will help carry the blues-lovers through this fall and winter.
“Designers are incorporating these shades of cobalt and dark royal blue for a dramatic burst of color, which creates a very strong message,” Maruka says. “These shades of blue are very versatile, easy and cool. Cobalt is a confident, fun, yet relaxing color to wear.”
For those with the end-of-summer blues, chin up. You may have to pack away your lightest blouses, but those deep cobalt blues will brighten up your winter wardrobe. And if you save your pennies, you can set aside enough for a reminder of spring (or tropical vacation)—a stunning pair of sandals. Winter won’t last forever, after all.
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