There are certain days when dressing sober is a must — job interviews, family brunch, a school function — on these days it is easy to gravitate towards black. Luckily, a new color has emerged as a fan favorite for its soothing and fresh qualities: blue.

After years of inspiring artists such as Yves Klein and making a cameo in movies like The Devil Wears Prada (I refer you to the cerulean blue sweater monologue), it’s made its way into our closets. With so many varieties and depth, this color can easily be worn with black, tan and shades of green. The key to pulling it off is to take special care with color contrast (often times a dark/light one is preferable).

This Wheaton CollegeFashionista is a perfect example of how to create color blocking reminiscent of summer but also appropriate for the fall. She chose to make her blue-violet floor length skirt the focus of the eye by pairing it with a mint green tank, a black H&M cardigan and blue-violet Payless braided sandals. Her tan belt and copper arrow earrings made for a well-rounded color palette.  She could easily convert this from day to night by replacing the cardigan with a leatherette collar open blazer from Wet Seal.

For great blue skirts take a peek at shopstyle, for adorable booties take a gander at overstock and for a great replacement (and weather appropriate) of the tank and cardigan, click your way to a knit sweater found at LoveCulture.

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