Beat the January Blues: How to Style Blue Clothes
Could fabulous fashion be the key to fighting your seasonal sorrows? When you look amazing, you feel amazing too.
In this blog, we unpack the psychology of blue clothing, the colour combinations that make your 2024 outfits pop and the beautiful pieces that will help you bring calmness and serenity to your wardrobe at this time of year.
The Psychology of Colours
We all know colours can impact how we feel thanks to their associations - red for passion, yellow for energy and positivity. But what about blue? Despite the term“January blues”, this colour has lots of benefits when it comes to colour psychology.
Thanks to blue being so present in nature, in the sky and the sea, we tend to associate it with calm and tranquillity. This makes blue wonderful to wear on stressful days. Perhaps blue loungewear could be a go-to for a tranquil day of yoga?
According to VeryWell Mind, blue also has strong associations with stability and reliability as well as aiding productivity and creativity - so a blue blazer at work could be a perfect statement! Pair with sleek blue suit trousers for a stand-out look, or match with jeans for a more smart-casual workplace.
Styling a Monochromatic Blue Look
Make a statement with an all-blue look this January. A monochromatic look can be incredibly eye-catching, plus it’s an easy way to look effortlessly co-ordinated.
An all-blue look presents an array of gorgeous options. You can stand out from the crowd with an electric blue outfit or feel fabulous and chic when decked out in navy. Avoid looking too one-dimensional by layering different shades of blue. A deep navy jacket tones down a bright blue dress for an effortlessly balanced look.
Matching Blue Clothes with Complementary Colours
Embracing the beauty of blue doesn’t have to mean wearing only blue clothes - pair your blue pieces with complementary colours for a head-turning ensemble.
Make a Sunny Statement in Orange and Yellow
These two vibrant colours pair perfectly with blue clothes, being opposite to blue on the colour wheel. They provide the perfect contrast to strike a balance in your seasonal outfits.
As colours that are often associated with happiness and positivity, orange and yellow perfectly counteract the iciness of wintry blue tones. A simple pop of yellow or orange with a blue outfit reminds us of the sun against a blue summer sky.
Keep it Classic with Clean Neutrals
Blue blends beautifully with neutral hues. Rich, earthy tones such as browns and beiges can make blue clothes gorgeously grounded.
Try a brown coat with a blue jumper for a calm and serene ensemble or pair a turquoise blue blouse with beige trousers to reflect a sunny day at the beach, summoning summery thoughts to beat the January blues.
Styles that Make You Smile
From pretty patterns to stylish silhouettes, it’s all about finding the styles that make you happy this January.
Fun with Florals
One of the things we miss most in January is the pretty petals of summer and spring. So, why not bring flowers into January through your clothes? The gorgeous floral patterns of our Le Cafe D'Or collection provide the botanical blue beauty just in time for January. Plus we have plenty of floral pieces with a burst of colour, perfect to get us looking forward to the bluebells and forget-me-nots of Spring.
Go Bold and Bright with Vibrant Patterns
Vibrant, loud patterns are another way to boost our mood, as we associate bright colours with positive emotions. Plus, funky patterns help us to stand out from the crowd, giving us confidence - the ultimate blues-banisher. Wearing mood-boosting, also known as dopamine dressing is a surefire way to lift our spirits post-festive season. Try our Funky Knit collection to discover the perfect positivity patterns.
Embrace Stunning Silhouettes
Another way to boost positivity in your clothing is to choose a silhouette that makes you feel remarkable. That might be a slinky, figure-hugging piece to make you feel sleek and glamorous or it could be a breezy boho silhouette that lets you feel free-spirited and joyful. It could even be loose and comfy clothes like our Sloe Joes loungewear, which brings a chilled, laid-back and snug vibe to your January.
Blue Outfit Ideas for Everyday Wear
Bringing blue into your day-to-day looks is easy with these perfect pieces.
The number one way of injecting blue into an outfit is, of course, with classic blue jeans. This wonderful wardrobe staple is the king of cool and casual dressing. But how to style blue jeans?
At Joe Browns, we salute and celebrate a bold double-denim look. Break fashion rules by partnering your jeans with a denim jacket or shirt. This creates an instantly eye-catching look that’s classic yet casual.
Stay snug this January with our range of brilliant knitwear. A light blue jumper is an ideal way to combine winter warmth with spring sky colours. Or try a blue cardigan - ideal to throw over your favourite blouse when you want to look and feel your best.
Blue jewellery is another favourite of ours, reminding us of the shimmering sea or sparkling ice. Draw the eye with a bright blue brooch or add elegance with a blue necklace.
Dressing for your January Blues-Banishing Activities
One of the best ways to send the January blues packing is by peppering the month with fun events and outings to look forward to. Add an extra dose of positivity to these activities by dopamine dressing for them - wearing outfits that make you feel joyful.
For Evening Occasions
Our dreamy dresses are a fabulous choice for styling away the blues on your January occasions. A pale blue boho dress perfectly harnesses the tranquil associations of blue, calling flowing water to mind.
For a striking evening look, try navy. A remarkable navy blue dress will make you look as though you’re wrapped in the midnight sky itself. You’re sure to feel a million dollars in a dress from our charming Moroccan Azure collection. Who could possibly feel blue when dressed in these rich feel-good colours?
For Brisk Winter’s Walks
There’s nothing better to battle the January blues than fresh air, sunlight and gorgeous surroundings. Enjoy your seasonal strolls despite the cold with the wonderful warmth and pattern of our Ode to Kings Road collection. Alternatively, embrace the bold and the bright with the remarkable patterns of our Funky Knit collection.
A mood-boosting tip we’ve all heard before is to harness the positive power of exercise. Yoga is wonderful for relaxation and mindfulness, ideal for keeping the blues at bay. Stay cosy, while striking your best warrior pose, in Sloe Joe’s super soft and comfy loungewear.
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