Green may be the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year, but if my email inbox is any indication, blue is having a major moment this spring. It seems like every retailer I subscribe to has a spring collection featuring shades of blue.
I did some internet sleuthing to see if I could come up with an explanation, and I found Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring, which includes several shades of blue. Topping their list is this gorgeous blue they call Niagara. It resembles washed denim, so you know I’m in hog heaven! I figured this deserved a dedicated blog post.
I did my best to find products as close to Pantone’s shade of Niagara Blue as possible, but I’m including some other shades of blue as well. In addition to Niagara, Pantone cites a bold Lapis Blue and a cool aqua they call Island Paradise in their top 10 color trends for 2017, so I figured I could take a little liberty with the shades I picked.
Here’s what I came up with.
Crushing on Niagara Blue
1. J.Crew Suede Pom Pom Sandals // 2. CND Denim Patch // 3. Stella & Dot Iris Tassel Earrings // 4. Sam Edelman Ballet Flats // 5. Tory Burch Gemini Link Crossbody // 6. BR Stripe Square Scarf // 7. Tory Burch Denim Espadrille Wedge // 8. Tory Burch Hinge Cuff // 9. WHBM Denim Blouse
Somehow this post got really shoe-heavy. I am totally crushing on those Tory Burch Denim Espadrilles. They are high on my spring shopping list right now, even though I fear I wouldn’t wear them enough to justify the price tag. I can totally see them with white jeans or shorts, or even a white dress. Of course they’d go with colors other than white, but I’m such a fan of blue and white, and knowing my Plain Jane ways, I expect that’s what I’d pair them with most often.
That denim blouse from White House Black Market is also begging to be paired with white jeans, don’t you agree?
Denim dresses are also trending this spring. I love this off-the-shoulder number, although I’m not young enough or cute enough to pull it off, ha! This embroidered bell sleeve shift dress has possibilities, though, and I also wouldn’t mind trying on this lace-up denim dress.
The Sam Edelman Felicia Flats have been reintroduced this spring in a slew of new colors. My favorite is the dusty blue leather pictured above.
All the ladies at my nail salon have been dying over the new CND Denim Patch. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s only a matter of time. I’m still on a Creekside kick, but I think it’s time to try the bolder Denim Patch. If you’re not brave enough to try it on your hands, definitely give it a try for your pedicure. I love blue polish on my toes, especially in spring and summer.
Neck scarves are going to be huge this spring, and Banana Republic’s Stripe Square Scarf is absolute perfection. Wouldn’t it be lovely with a yellow top??? Incidentally, Primrose Yellow is #2 on Pantone’s top 10 colors for spring.
And finally, my favorite topic… handbags! The Gemini Link Crossbody would be a huge splurge, but I just love the easy, slouchy silhouette, and it’s such a great everyday size. While the blue is trendy and fun, I have to admit, it’s the French Grey that is calling to me, but then I’m a sucker for anything in Tory’s French Grey.
For a bag that’s still a splurge but not quite as hard on the wallet, I absolutely love this Coach Saddle Bag in the dark denim. The leather on the inside is so luxurious, and to be honest, I think you’re getting more bang for your buck from this Coach bag than with the Tory. I feel like Tory’s getting a little full of herself with her prices these days.
Also take a look at this Vince Camuto saddle crossbody for $103, and this Merona tote in navy is on sale for just $23 at Target. There are some gorgeous options at all price points. I think a handbag is the best and easiest way to incorporate a trendy color into your wardrobe because you can carry it often, and it’s easy to find something to suit just about any budget.
Now we just need some spring weather to go along with all of this spring style inspiration!
What do you think about Niagara Blue? Are you a fan?
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