Whether it's a little black dress or a creased pair of slacks, black and blue may be a catch phrase, but it's hardly a cliche. Black is the all-purpose neutral. You can wear it in any season and to any occasion. A pair of blue shoes makes a great punctuation point to such a classic choice.
White is the other versatile neutral that can be matched with any color of shoe in your closet. All-white outfits are usually reserved for spring and summer, but remember, fashion rules are made to be broken by the bold.
A crisp white blouse, a pair of khaki trousers and bright blue shoes -- a timelessly classic outfit enlivened with a splash of color. How about a matching blue scarf or turquoise necklace? You'll have a look of sophisticated respectability without being stuffy.
A navy-blue pantsuit or dress paired with a lighter shade of shoe gives a playful lift to the whole ensemble. Similarly, an azure dress with navy pumps feels more serious than the same dress with white shoes. Letting different shades of blue play off one another helps an outfit look put-together without being too matchy.
Yellow is a warm, bright color that plays well with the lighter shades of blue, which provide a cooling counterbalance. This combination works especially well in spring.
OK, you might have to be Katie Holmes to pull this one off, but nobody can deny that when she wore a sparkly red-orange Armani evening gown and bright cobalt shoes to the Met Museum's Costume Institute Gala, it made a bold statement. If you're fearless enough to imitate Mrs. TomKat, the trail has been blazed.