t’s that beautiful, festive time of the year, so we thought it would be apt to present to you a colour that’s lively and fresh, and has been making its presence felt at the red carpets. This month, it’s all about the vibrant, saturated, Cobalt Blue.
Trivia time! Cobalt is a chemical element as Chemistry geeks will tell you, and the word originates from kobold ore (German for goblin ore).
This bright shade of blue punctuated the Fall Winter 2013-14 runways of Valentino and Victoria Beckham while Indian designers Sailex and Anita Dongre used it in large quantities for their creations. Cobalt blue has been frequently seen in monotone looks, worn by Anushka Sharma, Chitrangda Singh, Katy Perry and Tina Fey. Embraced by men too, celebs like Shah Rukh Khan and Daniel Radcliffe sported jackets in this shade of blue.
Cobalt blue looks great on Indian skin, and if you have a tan from being out in the sun too much, this is the colour for you. A cobalt blue saree against glowing tanned skin is sure to make temperatures rise. While pairing this colour with neutrals is a safe option, you must try it with small pops of an equally bright colour. For instance, a pair of fuschia heels with a cobalt dress, or a neon green necklace with a blue top will give it that extra vibrancy demanded by the festive season. Just make sure to restrict the contrasting colour to small quantities to let cobalt shine.
Prints may be a great way to add one or more colours to your wardrobe, but when it comes to cobalt, this strong colour gets its due in solids and monotones.
Guys, this is the colour if you are apprehensive about the coloured bottoms trend, but still want to give it a try. With cobalt, you stay in your comfort zone of blues, yet get a more exciting shade of the colour. A cobalt sweater is also a great piece to invest in, as it gives a much needed pop against the winter greys. This is that one blue that will keep winter blues away!