Wearing a patterned skirt is an ideal way to spice up your look for the office, a dinner party or just a weekend of errands. When your skirt features a combination of blue and black, though, you may not know what to pair with it. There's no need to fret, though -- black is a neutral that works with any color, and you can combine blue with several different shades depending on the look you want. Whatever colors you choose, opt for a simple top so your blue and black skirt is the focal point of your look.
When you’re wearing a two-toned patterned skirt, pairing it with a simple, understated top is the safest bet. That’s why wearing a solid, neutral-colored top with your blue and black skirt creates such an elegant look. Black is a neutral shade itself, so you can go extremely simple and wear your skirt with a black blouse or tank top. If you want a little more variety to your look, a crisp white button-down blouse can work well tucked into a blue and black pencil skirt. With a more casual skirt, you can even try a basic white or gray V-neck T-shirt. Top in earthy neutrals like beige, tan and taupe can also work with a blue and black skirt. Even denim serves as a neutral, so you also can also pair your skirt with a denim or chambray shirt for a casual look.
Get the Blues
You can create a classy, sophisticated look with your blue and black skirt by pairing it with a blue top -- and if you add black and blue accessories like shoes and jewelry, your entire outfit is limited to just two shades for a sleek, modern look. For the cleanest look, choose a blue top that matches the shade in your skirt exactly. For example, if your skirt features cobalt and black stripes, pair it with a cobalt blue sweater or tunic. However, you can play with other blue shades and still create a cohesive look. Try a top in a paler shade of blue like sky or robin’s egg to lighten up your look.
Keep It Cool
If you prefer a more colorful style, you don’t have to pair your black and blue skirt with neutrals or shades of blue. Create an elegant but striking look by wearing your skirt with a top in a cool-toned shade. Since blue is also a cool color and black is a neutral, your shirt will complement the skirt without any worries of it clashing. Try a rich emerald or hunter green sweater with an A-line skirt or tuck a purple blouse into a pencil skirt.
Pairing clothing pieces in contrasting colors is a surefire way to stand out. Since black is a neutral that works with most colors, focus on the blue in your skirt when you want to create a contrast. Blue is opposite orange on the color wheel, so they're an ideal pairing. Pair your black and blue skirt with a bold tangerine tank top for a fun summer outfit. If you prefer a softer look, try a pale peach blouse to lighten up the look of the skirt. You can also use smaller orange accessories to create an accent when you’re wearing your skirt with a neutral or blue top – slip on a pair of apricot ballet flats or wear a bold statement necklace that features amber beads.
Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.
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