Rest Your Eyes On My Aqua Blue Shirt...
Every morning, I slide the glass door of my closet back, exposing an array of mostly black clothing, and wonder how I can make today’s wardrobe any different from yesterday’s. I stretch out my hand and finger three or four different outfits, maybe even releasing them from their hanging prison.
No, not that gray cardigan nor that black skirt. Too drab. They sink to the refusal pile. Finally, not wanting to look as if I’m dressing for a funeral, but then I saw my aqua blue shirt.
With a grin slowly spreading across my face, I hug it to me, admiring its brilliant dash of color amidst my gloomy wardrobe. Wait. My smile fades as I realize something quite important. What should I wear to match this blue shirt?
Next, you’ll look like a pro at color coordination if you match it with colors on the opposite end of the color wheel. Anyone can match clothes with white or black, but matching color on color takes a deliberate eye to get it right.
For example, I love seeing a dark blue shirt paired with a red tie or necklace. Both colors show power and confidence and, worn together, add just enough spice to make your coworkers grin when you walk by without overdoing it.
Faux Pas of Blue
Although the color blue goes well with many styles and shades, you can’t just pair it with anything and run out the door. Consider a few fashion faux pas of wearing a blue shirt with . .
DON'T - Overbearing Color
Another no no is wearing too many bright colors. If your admirers are squinting when they look at the rainbow you paired with your blue shirt, then you should probably run right back to your closet. Adding another power color to your blue shirt looks amazing, but consider adding a sprinkle of red or orange instead of a monsoon. A scarf, hat, or tie will do the trick.
I know what you’re thinking. But what should I wear with my blue shirt? Great question. A blue not too close to navy will add zest to gray or black.
You don’t have to cast out that black skirt after all! Just add a little zing of blue, and you’re ready for an evening downtown.
For the more casual shopping trip, throw on a brown coat or khaki shorts, and head out the door. My personal favorite is a deep blue shirt with crisp white pants and a red necklace or a pale blue button up and some blue jeans. And please don’t be afraid of a little pink with your blue shirt. I like to add my favorite chunky bracelet with my teal blouse every now and then.
The great thing about the color blue is that it’s ambidextrous. It can easily shake hands with your boss in the morning, romp around at the beach with your kids in the afternoon, and smile at your evening date all in the same day.
There’s also a reason that many people use navy as their professional choice. They can trust it to impress, and it doesn’t scream high and mighty either.
The next time the weather is a little depressing or you find yourself bored with the colors in your closet, go for an energetic blue. You might just make someone smile.