I still remember in high school when I was ignorant to fashion (and many other things) and was convinced that if I wore blue I had to pair it with brown. I have no idea why. The fact of the matter is, black is a neutral and can be paired with any color. Black and blue, my friends, is a beautiful pairing and the first combination to be explored in the unexpected color combination experiment.
Results. Truth: black and blue go together. In fact, I may even like blue paired with black more than blue paired with brown. This color combination is unexpectedly modern and sophisticated.
I would recommend keeping the rest of your outfit simple, and really play up the unique color pairing. For example, anything other than black pumps with this outfit would have made the entire thing look a bit unorganized. Keeping the tights, cardigan, and shoes solid black really made this outfit work.
Figure. Black next to potential blue choices: royal blue; powder blue; navy blue.
I prefer pairing vibrant blues with black, but any color blue will work. For example, a soft, powder blue looks lovely next to black. Even navy blue will work pending it is done thoughtfully. Again, the key is keeping it simple and intentional.
Brace yourselves, dear readers, for this unexpectedly paired outfit received a compliment. Yes, a co-worker told me, "cute outfit!" The impossible does happen. And, I agree with my kind co-worker, I loved wearing this outfit. I felt confident, modern, and fashionable.
In conclusion, black and blue is a perfectly beautiful, unexpected, and modern color combination. Stay tuned for three more outfits for the unexpected color combination experiment.