Splashing around the palette with aquamarine and turquoise – flirting with sea foam – Pantone's Scuba Blue is just as hot this season as a blistering day at the beach. "Blue seems to symbolize a dichotomy of many things: happiness and depression, tranquility, calming and energizing, productivity and idleness," says Heather Brunner Kelly, marketing manager at Charles River Apparel (asi/44620). "Blue is visible in many places, including in the vast majority of the world as the color of the sky and the ocean." Such an adaptable hue is perfect for any mood or surrounding.
According to Pantone's Spring 2015 Fashion Color Report, Scuba Blue "conveys a sense of carefree playfulness," and its vibrancy "adds a splash of excitement to the palette." The shade conjures images of a tropical escape, and those who see it cannot help but feel cool and invigorated. Kelly recommends pairing it with colors that are adjacent and complementary on the color wheel, including oranges, violets, greens and other blues. "However," she says, "blue also works well and is striking when combined with metallic colors, bright whites, or bold/deep red or yellow." Mix and match for a dazzling array of tropical, dynamic styles.
The Ladies' Short-Sleeve Piqué Polo (BG-6204) from Blue Generation (asi/40653; circle 95 on Free Info Card) is made of a poly/cotton blend and has a three-button placket, a curl-free collar and breathable piqué mesh fabric; decorated by Michael Savino of Stephenson, VA-based Artisan Graphix (circle 96 on Free Info Card).
Featuring a slim-fit body with raglan sleeves, the Ladies' Cotton/Spandex Half-Zip Hooded Pullover (875) from alphabroder (asi/34063; circle 93 on Free Info Card) is constructed of 95% combed ringspun cotton and 5% spandex with a double-needle stitched hem and cuffs; decorated by Josh Markle of Hanover, PA-based DGI Creative (circle 94 on Free Info Card).
The versatile Women's New Englander Rain Jacket (5099) from Charles River Apparel (asi/44620; circle 97 on Free Info Card), made from polyurethane, has an A-line design with taffeta nylon sleeves, a wind flap and heat-sealed seams to keep out wind and rain; decorated by Nancy Woodruff of Villa Park, IL-based Cherokee Rose Embroidery (circle 98 on Free Info Card).
Clad in a dress that flows like waves in the sea, this model dazzles in an oceanic hue. She showcased the color at the Fei Gallery & Boutique Sun Xuefei Collection show during the Mercedes-Benz China Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 in Beijing, China.