Cool blue tones, like navy and baby blue, produce an understated, subtle fashion statement. However, cobalt blue demands attention immediately, having once been one of the rarest colors in the textile industry. Sometimes referred to as electric or royal blue, a few shots of cobalt can punch up your wardrobe in ways you could never imagine.

If you have a knee-length, cobalt blue cocktail dress with details like an interesting neckline, cut-outs, long sleeves or fancy detailing, keep the look simple everywhere else. Opt for nude pumps or high strappy sandals to lengthen your legs. Alternatively, slip on some black booties for an 80s-tinged rock ‘n’ roll look. Keep the accessories understated and go for a simple black or metallic clutch

Knee-length or midi cobalt blue dresses stand out in the daytime crowd but can be tamed down for less formal occasions. Swap out the neutral heels and put on some contrasting sandals in a coral, peach or magenta. This color combo creates a playful, summery effect and works well with handkerchief dresses and looser, flowing fabrics.

Layer a cream or taupe blazer over the dress and accessorize with an oversize purse in a woven textile to create a bohemian daytime look and tame the shocking color of cobalt. Keep the accessories simple and opt for some teardrop earrings or an extra-long pendant necklace.

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Pair the cream blazer with some nude heels and a black or metallic bag for a work-appropriate power ensemble.

Since this shade of blue is often associated with royalty, taking a floor-length cobalt gown out on the town makes sense. The cobalt speaks for itself so keep your accessories simple. Opt for some rose-gold heels, a clutch and a few bangles.

If you want a slightly more daring and spring-like look, add a turquoise necklace or clutch to the mix. These two shades of blue play off of each other and instantly create a Mediterranean feel. Slip on a pair of cream sandals and a cream wrap over a maxi dress for a wedding or an evening beach soiree.