Fashion / Summer 2014 Colour Trend: Balancing the Blues

Summer 2014 Colour Trend: Balancing the Blues

Fashion Jun 18, 2014

Azure, delft, cobalt, cerulean, navy, indigo or sapphire … Whatever shade you like, make blue the go-to cool colour of choice for the fashionably fabulous this summer. 

While a white wardrobe is the traditional sign of summer, Pantone’s spring 2014’s colour palette is all the rage, a balance between delicate pastels and vivid bursts of colour reminiscent of a garden bouquet.

The hues, with names like 'Violet Tulip' (pastel blue-purple), 'Freesia' (cheery yellow), 'Radiant Orchid' (warmer purple) and 'Hemlock' (foamy sea green), are gorgeous and floral, even if we haven’t seen too many women rocking 'Radiant Orchid' lipstick like Prabal Gurung runway models yet.

Pantone's summer 2014 colour forecast/ pantone

Dressing Denim

Pantone’s blue hues include 'Dazzling Blue,' the colour of the faded ‘90s denim that’s experiencing a comeback. You have a wide selection of denim styles to choose from this season, ranging from overalls and denim teddies to tie-dyed jackets, mini-skirts, embellished cutoffs, or even not-your-mother’s mom-jeans.

Faded Indigo Denim Shirt/$45.99/ Zara

Tilly – Denim Perforated Snake Suede/$285/senso

Beyond Basic Blues

Pantone’s other blue hue, 'Placid Blue,' is perfect paired with pastels, or neutrals like Pantone’s 'Paloma' or 'Sand' for a laid-back look, or matched with bright 'Freesia' or 'Cayenne' for a fun night out. 

Richard Nicoll Cutout Brocade Mini Dress, CAD 288.30 /The Outnet

Large Shoulder Bag in Bellflower Blue, £255 at The Cambridge Satchel Company

Beach Blues

A trip to the seaside gives a beachy spirit to your true-blue wardobe this season! And don’t forget that that tie-dye, pretty in blue, is making a comeback.

Ray-Ban Mirrored Shrunken Aviator Sunglasses/CAD 185  /SHOPBOP

Tie-dye bikini/ USD 70/ jcrew

Remember, you don’t have to go head-to-toe blue – sometimes the perfect accessory is all you need to make an eye-catching statement.

How do you wear your blue?

Featured Image: in-house collage

Yasmin Spiegel

Yasmin Spiegel


Yasmin Spiegel is a New York-based writer and information professional. She is passionate about books, textiles, good design, and expert craftsmanship. She reserves free time for her own creative work, ballroom dancing and hiking upstate. Future plans include fashion design and any excuse for worl...