Color Of The Year. I’m So Blue.

Color of the year: I’m so blue (not really). Pantone just announced the Color of the Year for 2022, and it’s . . . Very Peri. Speaking technically: PANTONE 17-3938. I’m a little bit sad because Ultimate Gray (the 2021 color) and I are getting along famously and I don’t want to break up just yet. I don’t love Very Peri, at least not yet. It’s very deep and cool. (Like us, so that’s good.)

Hello Very Peri.

I must sound like a serious Scrooge, because the Pantone people say this about Very Peri: “Displaying a carefree confidence and a daring curiosity that animates our creative spirit, inquisitive and intriguing PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri helps us to embrace this altered landscape of possibilities, opening us up to a new vision as we rewrite our lives.” And I am all about curiosity, creativity, and intrigue!

“I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music.”

-Joan Miro

I don’t take this whole color of the year thing too seriously, as I wear a small, mostly neutral color palette and can always find something I like. And I shop frequently at thrift and consignments stores, so I am buying the Colors of Years Gone By.

But does this mean my favorite shops and online catalogs will be brimming with purpled-blue for the next twelve months? Sheets, coffee cups, iPhone cases, rain boots? Eye shadow, cars, lamps, and curtains? My wardrobe is content with neutrals and a few shots of color, and for home decor I favor warm vivid colors like gold, teal, and warm red.

Here are some small ways I might play with the newly annointed color:

I love the periwinkle accents in these socks. Source.
I’m liking this dramatic nail color.

“I’m a drag queen. I want colors that get attention. The world does not need another palette with eight tans and a blue.”

-William Belli
A whisper of Very Peri on a great pair of specs.
And a gorgeous vintage brooch. Source.

What’s your reaction to Very Peri? Does it make you feel blue or uplifted?

Not Dead Yet Style will be “off” next week so we can recharge and refresh, and splash our faces. ☺ Wishing you all the happiest of holidays!

Stay fabulous, xo

Wear what you love, always. Here are some goodies to browse:


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  1. That’s a tough shade to wear for a lot of people – the very cool undertones will clash for many with their skintone. I love the idea of wearing it on the nails or a brooch, Patti!

  2. I like any shade of blue although I agree with one of your readers who said this is more of a purple shade than blue. I like purple shades too, though, so I’m a happy camper. I’ll look for what I already own in my closet that fits close to Peri. Merry Christmas!

  3. I still waffle between all shades of black and gray and more vibrant colors like red an orange. It’s a war for my soul! Peals of laughter here! I do like Peri. Perhaps, I’ll give it a try.
    Happy Holidays!

    • Hello Rebecca and happy holidays to you. i love that expression – colors are waging “a war for your soul.”! Have a wonderful weekend and stay fab, xx.

  4. I tend to wear a lot of neutrals but I have always been drawn to blues and periwinkle in particular. really one of my favorites.

  5. That’s a tough shade to wear for a lot of people – the very cool undertones will clash for many with their skintone. I love the idea of wearing it on the nails or a brooch, Patti!

    I’m still trying to wear as much colour as possible – it’s so cheering.

    A very Happy Holidays to you and Sandy, Patti!

  6. That quote describing color to language of a poem and notes in music was such a beautiful thought thank you for sharing it. I adore the color blue and will be wearing shades similar to items in your goody selections rather than Peri .Your Miro quote reminded me of a stylist who advised creating a capsule wardrobe using color combinations of a painting we liked . I particularly liked her wardrobe based on Gustav Klimt and a work by Dali that inspired a capsule with a light blue ,light beige ,white and soft gray which I currently still have for next Summer.PS can’t wait to get that new Lip Gloss goody thanks for the tip.Hope you and yours all have the Happiest of holidays.

    • Hi Joan and thanks so much for coming by and sharing your thoughts. The artistic color combination you reference sounds lovely. Have a most happy holiday, xx.

  7. Blue has become my new favorite color the past few years. I love different soft shades of green but noticed as I got older they didn’t suit me or go with my skin tone so I switched to blue. Periwinkle is not my favorite blue, but I like it.

  8. I like periwinkle but being blue, it might be close on the color wheel, but not quite there. I like the specs you highlight. I am in the market for a new pair of glasses so who knows?
    Have a fantastic holiday Patti, looking forward to your posts in 2022.

    • A fabulous holiday is wished for you too, Tami and I will see you next year! Take good care and enjoy every day, xx.

  9. I don’t see it as blue at all – it’s very much purple – in fact, I have an old button pin in that color I am going to pop onto my denim jacket right now! Merry Christmas!

    BTW – I don’t love it but I don’t hate it either. It is what it is!

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