Scared of color? Don’t be. A bold hue can feel as effortless as jeans and a button-down, as long as you know where to start (yes, even if 90 percent of your wardrobe is black). So next time you’re unsure how to work color into your routine, channel one of these nine timeless combinations and you’ll be good to go.
NAVY + YELLOW
Navy is basically a neutral, and while it would certainly look nice with just about anything in your wardrobe, a bright yellow really helps it pop.
PINK + RED
Bold red tones down the Barbie vibes, while sweet pink balances the sexy factor. The end result? A perfectly femme combo we want to wear all year long.
COBALT + TURQUOISE
Cobalt and turquoise are perhaps the best blues to pair together, because they’re both bright and rich without feeling overpowering.
NAVY + BEIGE
Safe? Maybe. Sleek. You betcha. Navy’s cool undertones are a superb balance to warm beige, for an effect that’s office- or country-club ready.
CHERRY RED + VIOLET
Though this one-two-punch is not for the faint of heart, it’s also a fabulous duo that works every single time. These two bright hues have a decidedly French feel when worn together, and always look expensive—even if you snagged them at H&M.
ORANGE + PINK
Both colors bring to mind sunny days and blooming gardens, but together they become a vibrant sunset that’s sure to turn heads.
LIGHT GRAY + PASTEL PINK
Delicate dove gray tones down the precious nature of powder pink, and helps it feel appropriate, even in colder months.
BLACK + NAVY
Your grandmother might drop her jaw, but it’s time we toss out the old-school rule about never wearing black with blue. Together, they add major visual depth and allow you more fun and liveliness than going full-on monochromatic.
BRICK RED + BRIGHT BLUE
Turns out Superman was really onto something. These two vivacious colors make for one powerful dream team with an authoritative effect. There you go, off to save the world.