First of all, I would like to say that I truly hate the term “the new black”. Fashionistas and fancy magazines all over the world use it to emphasize and give merit to a certain colour trend, not realizing that they –by using such a cliché- completely destroy the possibility of said colour to conquer the world of fashion. “Green is the new Black!”, “Nude is the new Black!”, “Red is the new Black!” or “Metallic is the new Black!”: no matter how unique the newest fashionable colour may be, we always want to compare it with the all-time classic, sophisticated black; a comparison that is both incredibly cliché and incredibly inaccurate.
Why do we keep using that phrase? Why do we keep measuring a colour trend’s popularity by referring to its conservative, timeless alternative, which technically isn’t even a colour to begin with?
I understand that magazines first introduced the term to accentuate the classic elegance of a ‘new’ colour. They want us to believe that this ‘new’ colour has all the qualities of becoming a wardrobe staple, like black, all the while not realizing that this colour actually wants to be bold and stand out in its uniqueness, rather than just sit in your closet as a safe alternative. Black was, is and will always be the new black. Nothing will ever change that, and nor should we want to.
Colours are supposed to be bold, bright and beautiful. “Classic elegance” doesn’t come in the form of a colour, the shape of a dress, or the hemline of a skirt. Elegance isn’t a type of fabric. Elegance is an attitude. It is a quality that a woman brings to her clothes. Only she can make something look elegant, whether that’s a new shape of trousers or a new bold type of colour.
So having said that, I do not believe cobalt blue is the new black. Cobalt blue is cobalt blue. Nothing more. Nothing less. Should that make it any less beautiful? Of course not! Cobalt blue has the ability to turn your dark winter wardrobe into a feast for the eyes. It is bold, vibrant and incredibly cool in its own unique way.
It is by far the most perfect combination of trendy swag and sophisticated chic. A combination that is so unique even ‘Kaiser’ Karl Lagerfeld felt obliged to use it in his fall collection.
Apart from Chanel, designers like Victoria Beckham and Valentino decided to jump on the cobalt blue band wagon as well!
However, we all know that if a colour trend is to be truly successful, it needs be available in shops everywhere, and not just shown by haughty designers. Luckily for all of us, there are more affordable alternatives out there than those pricy designer clothes! Clothes that won’t make you feel like you might need a triple bypass because your heart (and bank account) has just suffered a major cardiac arrest after seeing the bill. Here’s a selection of my favourite –and affordable!- cobalt blue items.
This cobalt blue dress with Peter Pan colour from Asos is incredibly cute and suitable for many different occasions.
Cobalt blue works really well in print patterns: try this stunning skirt from River Island!
Alternatively, buy cobalt blue accessories! Shoes, handbags, necklaces,…the electric blue will turn your outfit into a real eye catcher!