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Matching Blue and Black: The Ultimate Guide

Matching blue and black (is it possible? is it not?) Is one of the great mysteries of fashion.

The total rejection is in fact a legacy of the 1950s: at that time everything had to be maniacally coordinated (clothes, accessories, jewels), so pulling together two dark colors, such as blue and black, was something inconceivable.

But fortunately times have changed: matching blue and black is not only allowed but it also can be extremely stylish.

 

As long as you follow some rules, that I am going explain right now. Starting with DON’TS:

 

WHEN DO NOT WEAR BLUE AND BLACK

Absolutely avoid matching black to blue when the latter is very dark and the two fabrics are very similar. I’ll tell you better: I can not match a black jacket on with dark blue trousers, otherwise it seems like I have been choosing my clothes in the dark …

Accessories: if I’m wearing blue, I can match black accessories; conversely, it is already more risky. Unless it is an electric or particularly bright blue.

 

 

COATS

We said, if the blue is very bright it is not considered a basic color, so it does not muddle with black.

But anyway, a blue coat is perfectly matchable with a black work outfit. And viceversa.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK FOR THE EVENING

With the complicity of brighter fabrics and most precious materials, matching blue and black for the evening can be a very sophisticated and extremely elegant choice. Very Armani, in short.

 

SPLITTIG WITH TROUSERS

Wonderful also the matching between blue blonuse and black pants. Once again, the fabrics make the difference …

A great outfit idea for ceremonies and more formal occasions.

 

 

WITH SKIRTS 

Whether it’s an entire or split dress, the blue-black pair is the ideal choice.

Always choose black accessories or opt for a nude color. The stockings (if necessary) will be a very sheer black one.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK TAILLEUR

Jacket and skirt must be of the same color. The blue suit will have black accessories (but not vice versa) and black covering stockings.

Do not intestate with the matchy-matchy: finding two equal blue is almost impossible (like two blacks) …

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK AT WORK

We talked about blue and black at work: a magic match! You can possibly break it with white or gray.

As we said above, pay attention to fabrics and accessories …

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK FOR MAN (FORMAL)

For men, the rules are very simple. The dark blue workwear is matched with black shoes and belt.

Well done also with blue coats and dusters on dark gray clothes.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK FOR MAN (CASUAL)

Even during free time, green light to blue-black pair.

Sweatshirts and blue sweaters (not too dark) will be fine on black pants.

The couple blue jacket and black trouser works if the fabrics are different and the blue is brighter.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK: BAGS

As for man, the blue suits can be matched with black accessories. The opposite works only if the blue is lively.

With two-tone bags, I’d say I would match black clothes – much safer.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK: SHOES

We use blue shoes without or with dark gray stockings (the Pierre Mantoux in sable shade are perfect with any colored shoe).

For special evenings, we can use very sheer black stockings on electric blue shoes.

As with everything else, be careful to mix black and dark blue. In case of two-color shoes, we give precedence to black.

 

 

BLUE AND BLACK: OTHER ACCESSORIES

In general, as we have seen for shoes and handbags, the ideal approach is: black accessory on blue dresses.

With black and blue prints, better match them black or break them in white or light gray.

 

MIXING BLUE  AND BLACK: INTERIOR

Now that we have finally clarified the ideas about this match, why not propose it even at home?

Especially for the night or relax area, it is very elegant and mysterious …

Once again, precious allies are white, gray and all silver tones.

 

 

If you want to learn all the secrets of colors, take a look at my Color Analysis Course (open inscriptions).

 

Rossella Migliaccio
Image Consultant 

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