Blue is the New Neutral

If there is one part of my life that I like to keep simple, it’s definitely my closet. For those of you who know me well and have maybe even seen my closet, you know that I stick to my basic neutral colors and only incorporate a few “pop” colors such as pink and burgundy. Ironically, I’ve always considered blue one of my staple shades and have labelled it as a member of the neutral family.

No, I’m not crazy. I understand that the color blue is not usually considered an earth tone. However, I found ways to fit it into my wardrobe and make it coordinate with almost anything else in my closet. Here’s why I love the color blue as a primary shade and the reason that you should too.

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It goes with everything. And it really does. Don’t believe me? Go through your wardrobe and toss around some blues. Incorporate pops of pink or yellow and watch magic happen. I learned this technique way back in the day at my first retail job. The store that I managed only incorporated white, black, and taupe with a pop of color per season (I wonder where I got my inspiration from). I remember one year we rolled out our Transitional Spring line which incorporated both navy and yellow. I was appalled- TWO pops of color in ONE season? This was unheard of. Our designers explained how navy was going to be a neutral this year because it goes with everything- I guess that’s just stuck with me over the years!

Navy and black are a thing. Welcome to 2017 where blue and navy can live happily ever after in perfect coordination. Well, usually. There is a fine line between “over-doing” black and navy and perfecting your look. Usually, I choose whether to focus on one or the other. So if I’m rocking a killer LBD, I might toss on a navy scarf or accessorize with deep shades of blue. Classy with a touch of edge.

 

Mix and match with ease. You’d never wear hot pink and baby pink together. It’s unlikely that you would mix burgundy and bright red. But a cobalt blue dress with a baby blue shoes and clutch? Now we’re talkin’. Shown above, I’ve paired my dark blue jeggings from White House Black Market with a baby blue pinstripe blouse I picked up at TJMaxx last week. A simple combination, but blending blues together is never a struggle. When in doubt, mix your blues and it will appear that you tried way harder than you actually did.

 

It’s a part of nature. Go outdoors and look around. We celebrate the sky being blue or take note of a lake or ocean when it appears blue. We admire the beautiful Gisele Bundchen for her lovely tan Brazilian skin and stunning blue eyes. Call me over-enthused, but blue is in our DNA. Do yourself a favor and make it a part of your wardrobe.

 Swooning over some of the blue ensembles featured in this post? I am too and that is why I am excited to announce that you can buy some of these products right off of my website!

For the rompers and accessories, click here to shop my store. 

The bag and sun hat are different than the ones I have featured in this post, but they are also a much lower price than the ones I'm wearing and I know that you will love them just as much. In fact, the sun hat is being shipped to me right now 


2 comments

  • Ariel. I love your web site! Great work! Julie

    Julie Wright
  • I loved reading your blog and your style ? I too love fashion! And you wear your clothes beautifully. Good luck in your endeavors!

    Judith Clatfelter

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