What Color Shirt Goes With Light-Colored Jeans and Black Boots?

Light denim pairs well with pale and neutral colors.
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Light-wash jeans need not be typecast as relics of the 1980s; paired with the right pieces, they can make an easy entry into modern times. Color could be a sticking point; light-wash jeans have a harder time absorbing loud shades than dark jeans do. Still, a variety of colors work with pale denim; just keep in mind to keep it simple, and you can't go wrong.

1 No-Fuss Neutrals

The easiest way to go is to stick with a neutral. Take your pick: cream, gray, black or white subtly complement light-wash jeans rather than compete with them. Some colors outside of that family are often treated as neutrals; navy is one example. Black boots ground this look.

2 Color Controversy

Some say it's fine to mix brights with light denim, and that it creates a fun and playful look, while others believe it looks juvenile or dated. If you're going to try a bright-colored top, such as a vivid red or neon green, keep the cut of your shirt simple. Ruffles, ruching and the like are likely to look overdone; think lean and clean. Keep in mind that your boots also bring a strong contrast to your jeans; a heavily detailed, brightly hued top competes with that.

3 Pastel Perfect

A pastel shirt can be just as playful an approach as a bright top. Plus, it blends with your jeans, adding a bit of color without overwhelming your jeans or boots. Black boots add a nice edge to Easter-egg hues like baby blue, pale yellow and mauve.

Whitney DeGroat began her writing career in 2007 at "The Springfield Paper." She has also written for newspapers such as the "Springfield News-Sun" and "Dayton Daily News" and served as a fashion columnist for "The Torch." DeGroat received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Wittenberg University.