Cool, Calm And Confident: Why Wearing Blue Is Our New Obsession
Author: RIISE Team
DOCUMENTED BY: RIISE
Very Peri, a warm and inviting periwinkle blue with a subtle undertone of red violet, was Pantone’s colour of the year in 2022.
This year, they’ve called it for Viva Magenta, a vibrant and powerful shade of red. Sitting on the hotter end of the colour spectrum, it’s punchy, bold and energetic. We’re down to drop some magenta into our wardrobes but we’re not quite done with blue yet.
Blue chills out on the cooler end of the spectrum with green and purple. As A Colourful Dose of Optimism author Jules Standish explains, these cooler colours have shorter wavelengths of light which has a more calming effect on the senses. It checks out for blue, a colour of trust, serenity and peace.
Along with being a comforting colour, blue is also associated with loyalty, integrity, intelligence and confidence. Studies suggest it can even lower blood pressure and boost creativity. (See why we’re not letting it go from our wardrobes?)
One of the great things about wearing blue is how versatile you can be with it. You can keep things subtle with a pale tone, combining it with neutrals like beige or white. You can go big with a bright shade like royal or electric blue. Or you can layer it with other cool colours for an extra-calming outfit.
We could keep going on about it or we could just send some inspiration your way. If you also want to add a bit more blue to your wardrobe, these are some of our favourite pieces.
Blue is a dependable and trustworthy shade, which is why it shows up in so many workplaces. But wearing it for your 9 to 5 doesn’t have to be boring. Case and point, this shirt from Esse Studios. The cobalt shade is commanding and confident, with sleeves that add a playful extra element.
Jillian Boustred’s powder blue Safari Jumpsuit has a similar stress resistance but the cut gives this one a bolder edge. With a pair of wedges and that adjustable belt cinched in, it’s big serene but self-assured energy.
Del Villar has an ongoing love affair with a certain hue called cyan, often brought to life in the brand’s trademark silk and linen blend (which is what these pants are made from). Sitting somewhere between blue and green, this shade packs such a fun punch, which is why it’s one of our party favourites.
The same goes for Del Villar’s Sonic Dress in cyan. Though it’s technically the same shade as the Astral Pant, it’s made from bamboo jersey so feels a bit more versatile. If you like the shinier effect of the silk-linen blend, the Galactico Dress has a similar cut.