How to make black & blue work together
Not only once, have Mike and I had a “discussion” about whether black and blue work together or not. If you ask me, it is a question that simply doesn’t come with a clear yes/no answer. There are way too many factors that play a roll. First and foremost, the shade of blue, the material of the pieces and the season. I have always found Mike’s blue suede suit to look good with black shoes in Winter, in Summer I prefer his regular blue suit with cognac brown loafers. Today, however, it is my turn to style black and blue together.
When I originally ordered my dark blue long coat, I was fully convinced that it was black. So the first instinct upon opening the package last Winter was disappointment. Luckily it didn’t last long because I quickly realized that blue actually suits me a bit better than black. In the past, I mostly styled the oversized dark blue coat with denim and lighter shades of blue or beige. Recently, I have been loving a super simple combination of black and blue with small accents of roségold, such as my dainty necklace or the bi-color Omega Seamaster that is always on my wirst…
How to make black & blue work together:
- keep it simple: most neutrals look great together, like white and beige, black and white, white and navy … and of course black and navy
- similar but not the same: when I mix black and blue, I always like to either go really light on the blue (ie. the denim in my look) or really similar (navy blue + black) – but make sure that it is similar but not the same, meaning a blue that could also be mistaken for black.
- skip the patterns: when mixing black and blue, I try not to add any patterns to the mix.
- materials: instead of mixing patterns, I prefer to play with materials – but only in small doses. I purposely chose a super simple black turtleneck in a smooth knit under the navy blue coat, but like to mix in a touch of velvet in form of a bag or even a silk scarf tied to a black bag would also be great!