Since we have entered a new decade, this year’s Pantone color of the year seems to have a more subtle yet greater meaning than predicting fashion, style, furnishing, and branded content colors. This year’s color Pantone 19-4052 Classic Blue was chosen for “instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era”.
Similarly in 1999, cerulean was chosen to bring reassurance to the Y2K generation and provide some semblance of stability by employing a “calming color.” Since we find ourselves in a similar socio-political climate, wondering when the world will fall apart, I myself appreciate any respite from the chaos and welcome the cooling power of the color blue. And what a better way to divert unwanted negative energy than looking at art and style (or, in our case, some clothing) that is aesthetically soothing? Below you will find some selections made from our 2nd Street store on Melrose that will keep you cool, calm, and collected as well as in step with the Pantone color of the year: Classic Blue!
It was very hard to compose my selection for the all the pieces. Outerwear was especially tricky because there were so many AMAZING pieces to choose from, but alas these were my top four. The first photo features an elegant quilted jacket by Craig Green. The British designer lets the material and print do the talking. This jacket was heavy AF, great for those European winters but with a pop of color and a bold pattern. All for the low (I would never consider the price low but for this piece) price of $429. Next up, we have a vintage early 90’s patchwork jacket from Chico’s. The print may seem crazy from far away, but, like an impressionist painting, one must get a closer look to see all there is about this very detailed jacket.
The denim Chico’s jacket could be yours for $9! With the ubiquitous North Face icon being what it is, I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you this puffer could see you through one of the coldest winters ever faced. Wherever you are — Greenland, Mt. Everest, or the Arctic circle — I’m sure this heavy down climate-proof jacket will keep you cozy and stylish with the beautiful blue tie dye. And, yes, there is yet another tie dye jacket because I just can’t help myself. But this collaboration between Nike and Off White is to dye for. It’s got the lightness of a windbreaker but the utility of an army jacket with a surplus of pockets and zippers to keep you street wear savvy. You’ll be urban hiking in Los Angeles in no time, minutes after putting this bad boy on.
Moving on to tops, here are my in store selections. Now if you live in LA and don’t have any Dodgers merch you are sadly slacking my friend, but don’t worry this baby was 50% off for the low-low of $13. I am a little bit ashamed to admit I forgot to catalog which player this shirt is for, but being that there have been dozens of players to dawn the number I’ll let you figure it out. Besides, if it were me I would just argue 21 is a lucky number and it doesn’t matter whose jersey it technically is, because everyone knows people only go to games for Dodger Dogs and overpriced micheladas.
‘Nough said. Next up, we have a button down by Reason for $19. I love a good mixed media and print shirt (as long as it’s paired with the appropriate bottoms). This loud top could elevate any single guy’s confidence at the club allowing him to peacock his way to a friendly conversation with the ladies. Will the man in the shirt succeed? Tune in next week to find out. Lastly, we have the slightly wrinkled (but hey, it’s a vintage store not everything is going to be in mint condition, ok?) by INC. This shirt screams potential! Just run the steamer through it a couple times and it’s as good as new. Then you’ll have a silky button down with blues as deep as the Marianas Trench and a little shoulder scrunch never hurt anybody.
So — I’m a sucker for hand-painted clothing, but the fact that these jeans played into my love of film is ridiculous. Even though I’m not a huge fan of the “Europe” painted across the zipper I would be willing to let it slide for the detail in the mountain. One could argue that the Pantone color really isn’t here, but who’s to say. I see a lot of blue tones and hues.
Hats will be hats but let’s face it, they can really tie an outfit together. And here at 2nd Street we have tons of hats in every style, color, and price range, and you bet we have a ton in the Pantone Classic Blue color.
Anyways that’s our style guide for the Pantone color of the year! All the pieces are available at our Melrose location, so be sure to go and check them out.
Written by: Kahley Hickman