Blue 2022: Spring & Summer Return to Color

We’ve spent enough time in neutrals. For the later part of the 2000’s, high fashion street wear dominated our wardrobes and colors like taupe and gray gave a refinement to casual wear. It was as if we’ve been stuck in some dystopian period, bordering Apple’s 1984 Macintosh commercial, wearing cozy too-cool-for-color uniforms.

But in the early 2000’s, it was all about color and no other color topped the millennium quite like blue. A variation of blue ranked as Pantone’s color of the year in 2000, 2003, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2016, and 2020. Blue is a solid, dependable color. It can be elegant, tranquil, or luminous depending on its opacity. This year’s color of the year is Pantone’s Very Peri, a cloudy variation of blue with a purple undertone said to animate our creative spirit. 

Now, shades of blue are dominating this season’s Spring and Summer ready-to-wear collections. Designers from across the globe are showcasing blues, from demure and soft to lively and electric. This reemergence of color is encouraging us to brighten our attitudes on the year that lays before us. 

I’ve also noticed a trend in pop-of-color accessories. This was so major in the early 2000’s. Remember Meryl Streep’s cerulean sweater monologue in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (2006)? Blue was in-in. Now we’re seeing designers from Burberry to Ganni using blue for bold statement accents. 

If you’re looking to add blue hues to your home, I think statement pieces are the way to go. A statement piece is not regarded by its size but by its level of communication. You can try something like a small cobalt sculptural vase to start or take a chance on a blue accent wall if you’re committed to the idea. If you prefer something in the middle, you can opt for a statement chair in a unique shape/shade. 

I see our return to the color of the millennium as a sign to be open to creativity, joy, and inner peace as we venture into a rapidly changing era ruled by virtual worlds and digital currencies. With all of that going on, we’re going to need some serenity.