Light blue might conjure up thoughts of bouncing baby boys, but this tranquil shade has power that extends far beyond a little lad’s nursery walls. To nail a multitude of fashionable looks with light blue, look no further than the ubiquitous color wheel. From complementary to analogous hues, there’s a rainbow of options just waiting to be light blue’s perfect mate.
Orange and blue sit opposite each other on the color wheel, making them complementary colors just begging to be matched. For a dreamy look, combine baby blue with peach; for a beach-worthy punch, rock icy blue with bright coral.
Colors that sit right next to each other on the wheel are called analogous — to either side of blue sits green and purple. Nearly any shade of these colors works with light blue, but to avoid the Easter egg trap, skip the pastels and go with something vivid — think orchid or apple green.
If color-blocking just isn’t your thing, you can never go wrong pairing light blue with neutrals. When dressing up, the darker shades — think black, gray and chocolate brown – can easily be your go-tos. For kicking it on the weekend or warm summer days, white, ivory and beige infuse a welcome earthy quality.