Seven Bold Blues to Wear this Fall

Johannes Vermeer understood the power of a singular stroke of blue in clothing. In his famous oil painting The Girl with the Pearl Earring, he used ultramarine – derived from grinding lapis lazuli into powder – for the subject’s striking turban, effectively drawing an observer’s attention.

Thomas Gainsborough may have inadvertently made a case for dressing (almost) head to toe in icy blue in his masterpiece, The Blue Boy.

The same could be said for the riveting effect of blue in South Coast Plaza’s fall luxury ready-to-wear and handbag collections. From cerulean and azure to teal and the of-the-moment YInMn Blue, the electric appeal of this cool hue is irresistible. Here, seven ways to bring on the blues.



1. A single-breasted corduroy coat from Prada features a diagonal pattern inspired by upholstery fabrics of the 1960s, but made modern in traffic-stopping azure.




2. The sky-blue Diana medium tote by Gucci bears signature bamboo handles and Double G hardware and is updated with neon leather accents, Alessandro Michele’s playful homage to the functional bands that once came with the original bag to maintain the shape of the handles.




3. Stella McCartney goes for three shades of blue: aqua with wine for the Maisie dress, teal for the Frayme clutch and “blue lagoon” for the Groove boots.




4. and 5. A single pop of azure on one shoulder brightens an abtract-patterned Intarsia turtleneck wool sweater from Loewe as does a bright turquoise stripe across the shoulders of a mixed jacquard sweater from Dolce&Gabbana.




6. Salvatore Ferragamo has an unforgettable name for the color of its short nappa leather jacket and shorts with matching pumps: Footballer Blue.




7. The Courrèges Réédition vinyl moto jacket in lapis lazuli at The Webster was inspired by the house’s emblematic 1971 style.



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