January: its not a great month. Battling with those New Year resolutions, recovering from your festive over-indulgence, saving money after all that overspending on gifts, growing very bored of getting wet feet and perhaps even abstaining from your usual cheering G&T… No wonder most of us suffer from the dreaded blues. But this year, you should embrace them, because they’re right on trend.

Chloe SS 14

Chloé SS14

Pastels are always a favourite for spring, but blue proved to be the real star of the SS14 runways. Colour aficionados Pantone named Dazzling Blue – a rich, muted royal -as spring’s hottest colour, and designers have been taking note.

To be precise, 25 collections sent models down the runway wearing blue during Fashion week. Designers like Chloé, ICB, Altuzarra, Fendi and Peter Som showcased the hue in fresh fabrics, snappy separates and punchy prints – whether in fresh periwinkle, deep navy or Dazzling Blue’s harsher cousin, cobalt.

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ICB SS14

Blue can be tricky, but this sophisticated, not-too-dazzling-yet-not-too-beachy shade is rapidly making an appearance on everything from bold accessories and oversized tops to structured sandals. Plus, it works on all skin tones. Mix with the season’s other muted brights such as violet, freesia, tulip and cayenne, and you have a super-striking and spring-ready outfit.

Check out our picks for an instant January pick-me-up.

The January Blues

Antonio Berardi short sleeveless dress
£930 – thecorner.com

Mango blue long sleeve shirt
£15 – mango.com

Topshop no sleeve shirt
£44 – topshop.com

Preen blue knee length skirt
£620 – net-a-porter.com

Maison Martin Margiela short suede boots
£850 – saksfifthavenue.com

Proenza schouler bag
£805 – forwardforward.com

Alexander McQueen leather bangle
£150 – luisaviaroma.com

Elizabeth and James triangle jewelry
£120 – couture.zappos.com

Le Specs acetate sunglasses
£34 – net-a-porter.com

 

Photos: Fashion GPS
Words: Jenny McFarlane | Blog | Twitter 

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