Light blue blazers aren’t quite as versatile as those in darker shades. Coordinating them with shirts can sometimes be tricky. What you don’t want is an overwhelming amount of color.
So, here are some great shirt colors you can wear with a light blue blazer:
- Dark Blue/Navy
That’s the short answer, but there’s more.
After going through a couple of factors to consider when making your choice, we’ll run through those color combinations in more detail (with pictures).
Let’s get to it.
How To Color Coordinate Shirts With Light Blue Blazers
Consider both of these before selecting a shirt color.
1. Consider The Setting
The dressier the setting, the more likely it is that a light and neutral shirt color would be the best option when wearing a light blue blazer.
A white shirt would be the dressiest option, with light grey and cream tones (eg. beige or cream) being reasonable (although more casual) alternatives.
In more casual settings, you could consider a shirt in a soft pastel color – most notably light pink.
When you’re really dressing down, consider a dark and neutral shirt color such as dark blue (eg. navy or midnight blue) or black.
Remember, a light blue blazer should really only be worn in smart-casual settings.
Don’t wear it in formal or business-professional settings where a 2-piece suit in a dark, neutral color such as charcoal, navy, or black would be much more appropriate.
It wouldn’t usually be appropriate in business-casual settings either. Sure, an unmatched blazer combination may be OK, but you’d want one in a darker color than light blue.
Instead, reserve light blue blazers for smart-casual settings where there’s less of a risk of underdressing.
Smart-casual settings can be split into those that are quite dressy and those that are not-so-dressy.
Here’s a summary:
- “Dressy” – Light Blue Blazer + White, Cream-Tone, Or Light Grey Shirt
- “More Casual” – Light Blue Blazer + Light Pink Shirt
- “Most Casual” – Light Blue Blazer + Dark Blue Or Black Shirt
2. Avoid Adding Too Much Color
Light blue is quite a vivid and eye-catching color. Because of this, subtle shirt colors are usually the best way to go.
You don’t want to choose a shirt that’s as vibrant and vivid as light blue, simply because it’ll usually lead to an overwhelming amount of color.
A light blue blazer worn with a dark purple shirt, for example, would just look too striking and attention-grabbing.
Together, the combination becomes quite in-your-face and overpowers the rest of the outfit.
Instead, let the light blue blazer be the “pop” of color in the outfit and keep the other items (i.e the shirt and pants) relatively subtle in comparison.
As you can see from the list of shirt colors above, light pink could be seen as the main exception here.
It’s quite vibrant and energetic in itself, but it’ll generally look great with a light blue blazer.
Light pink is a soft pastel, just like light blue.
It’s much more subtle than dark pink. In fact, light pink shirts are often considered appropriate to wear in the workplace – a favorite in business-casual attire.
So, if you were looking to add more color to your light blue blazer outfit, consider a pink shirt, but be cautious when going more colorful than that.
5 Light Blue Blazer And Shirt Combinations
Here are those color combinations described in more detail. The pictures should hopefully help you choose the perfect one for your specific circumstances.
Light Blue Blazer And A White Shirt
A light blue blazer can easily be worn with a white shirt in a variety of different smart-casual settings. It will generally be the dressiest shirt color you could go for.
If you ever feel as though there’s a risk of underdressing, a white shirt would be the safest play when wearing a light blue blazer.
What’s great is that you won’t ever have to worry about whether it coordinates or not.
It anchors the outfit, allowing you to add other colors to your outfit if you want to.
As mentioned earlier, however, allowing the light blue blazer to be the “pop” of color in the outfit and keeping your shirt and pants colors neutral in comparison would usually be the best way to go.
This is especially important in dressier settings.
For example, a light blue blazer, a white shirt, and light grey pants.
Light Blue Blazer And A Beige Shirt
A beige shirt can be worn with a light blue blazer in most smart-casual settings. It makes for a slightly more casual alternative to a white shirt.
Beige, much like other off-white and cream-tone shirt colors, has a warmer tone than a simple white shirt.
These warm “undertones” produce a subtle contrast with the “cool” undertones of the light blue blazer.
The two colors often work well together.
These colors are still subtle enough to work with the light blue blazer without drawing excessive attention.
If you felt as though you wanted to dress up, but wanted something a little more vibrant than a plain white shirt, consider one in beige, cream, or even a light tan or taupe.
These colors aren’t neutral, but they’re neutral enough to coordinate seamlessly with any light blue blazer you’re working with.
Light Blue Blazer And A Pink Shirt
A light blue blazer can be worn with pink shirts in smart-casual settings. In dressier settings, a light pink shirt would often be the best option here. When dressing down, you could consider wearing the light blue blazer with a shirt in a darker shade of pink (eg. salmon).
As mentioned earlier, light pink shirts are vivid but can still work well with light blue blazers. The combination would be striking, but not too in-your-face.
It produces a nice contrast between “warm” and “cool” undertones. It’ll always work.
In more casual settings, a dark pink shirt may be appropriate, but be cautious given the amount of contrast produced between the shirt and the blazer.
When wearing a shirt in any shade of pink with a light blue blazer, the color of your pants becomes quite important.
You don’t want to add another vivid color into the mix as it would almost always end up being excessive.
Instead, anchor the outfit with a neutral pair of pants.
For example, a light blue blazer, light pink shirt, and beige pants.
Light Blue Blazer And A Dark Blue Shirt
Dark blue shirts (eg. navy) can work well with light blue blazers in smart-casual settings on the more casual end of that spectrum. The contrast between the two items will be attention-grabbing and so the combination should be avoided where there is a risk of underdressing.
As you can see from the image above, the combination looks a whole lot more casual than the ones using lighter and more neutral shirt color options.
But when going for a more laid-back aesthetic, a dark blue shirt can work well with a light blue blazer.
Ultimately, the combination is monochromatic and will always coordinate effortlessly. The main question is whether the setting is casual enough for it to work.
Light Blue Blazer And A Black Shirt
A black shirt can be worn with a light blue blazer in the more casual of smart-casual settings. The contrast will be striking and will make the combination inappropriate to wear in dressier settings.
Similar to the dark blue shirt in the previous example, a black shirt + light blue blazer combination will produce a high level of contrast.
At the end of the day, however, black is extremely neutral and will coordinate well with any light blue blazer.
When it comes to the color of your pants, once again, it’s best to keep things neutral. Let the blue blazer be the pop of color and anchor the combination with a neutral shirt and pants combination.
You could choose pants in a dark, neutral color similar to the black shirt (eg. black, charcoal, or navy pants).
Or, you could go for a light and neutral color to contrast the black shirt such as cream, light grey, beige, or even khaki.