October 16, 2018

Everything You Need To Know To Wear Turquoise Blue

Your guide to wearing turquoise blue.

How to Wear Turquoise Blue

We are happy to introduce a new guide in our series of how to wear color. In the past, we’ve shared guides on how to wear blush pinkmint green, golden yellow, burnt orange, cobalt blue, and many more. Now, let’s talk all about how to wear turquoise blue!

What Color is Peacock Exactly?

As you know, each month, we select a color of the month. And this month’s color in focus is peacock!

So, you might be asking yourself, “Then, why are we talking about turquoise today? Shouldn’t we be talking about peacock?” Well, you make a good point, astute reader!

That point leads me to a funny story… On the first of October, when we emailed out our newsletter announcing our color of the month, I immediately received a text message from my best guy friend. At 7:05 am, he sent me a text message that simply exclaimed, “Peacock is not a color!”

I tried to argue with him. But he wasn’t having it. He is an engineer after all, so he of course sees things very literal and black and white. Plus, I didn’t have a very strong leg to stand on. In my defense, even Neiman Marcus says that peacock hues are trending! But to his point, I guess the key word there is “hues” — plural.

Indeed, peacocks consist of a marvelous range of hues from beautiful blues to gorgeous greens and possibly powerful purples. Even our mood board for October demonstrates that range of richness.

Realizing that peacock is a range and not a singular color, I looked back at my attempts to wear peacock this month. What I discovered is that I actually stayed more in the turquoise blue range. So, that brings me to why we are focusing on how to wear turquoise blue today…

What does the color turquoise mean?

Well, as it turns out, the color turquoise embodies many of the ideals of feminine empowerment on which we are focusing on this month! The color turquoise is energizing, feminine, and strong. It carries with it a sense of wisdom, creativity, and emotional balance.

Sounds pretty good, right? Are you ready to wear some turquoise? Great!

What Colors Go with Turquoise?

Now, what colors go with turquoise? Whether you’re looking for what to wear with a turquoise dress, or how to style a turquoise sweater, or anything else related to wearing turquoise, here are a few of my favorite tips for wearing turquoise.

Tips for Wearing Turquoise

1. Strut your stuff in jewel tones

Think of this one as the tones of peacock feathers. The jewel tone nature of turquoise makes it pair well with other jewel tones – or peacock hues, if you will. I had a lot of fun putting together this jewel-toned look centered on this turquoise leather skirt.

2. Go for the gold

As I tried to demonstrate with this look, turquoise pairs dramatically with gold! It’s a simple way to make a statement. And the gold updates the turquoise. Conversely, if you’re going for a modern look, I’d probably steer clear of turquoise and silver pairings.

3. Opt for orange

This is probably the boldest way to wear turquoise! Orange is the complementary color to blue on the color wheel, meaning they are directly across from one another on the color wheel. So the two automatically pair well together. Given how saturated turquoise is, it demands an equally bold orange! The best example I’ve seen this season is this look from Tibi.

Find some of our favorite pieces below that would go perfectly with turquoise along with inspiration on how to style your look!

How to Wear Turquoise Jewelry

If you are just dipping your toe in the color pool, the easiest way to wear turquoise blue is to wear turquoise jewelry. However, this look can easily go wrong. Turquoise jewelry can look very dated. We see it a lot in the southwestern part of the United States. So, assuming you’re not going for the western look, let’s consider tips to wear turquoise jewelry without looking dated.

Modern Ways to Wear Turquoise Jewelry

1. Avoid turquoise jewelry with accents of black and silver.

There’s nothing wrong with this combination. But it does lend itself more to a country and western vibe.

2. Look for modern materials

We are seeing a lot of acrylic and lucite and such in the jewelry marketplace right now. Earrings like these carry with them a nice modern look.

3. Choose minimalist designs

Opt for dainty, ladylike pieces rather than chunky, bulky designs.

85 Peacock Items We Love

A Few More Things

1. So, are you loving turquoise and peacock as much as we are? We can’t get enough! Which pieces are you eyeing from above?

2. We hope you’re enjoying all our content this month, thus far! Be sure to check out some of our favorite recent articles: An Exclusive Interview with Entrepreneur Jaclyn Johnson, What It Means to Live An Empowered Life As a Woman, and Two Designers You Need To Know This Fall.

3. Have a great rest of your week!


  1. Thanks for your helpful guide in pairing other everything with turquoise blue. I am planning to purchase a native American Sterling feather earrings I saw online. I got mesmerized by its unique design and its color. I like what you said that the jewel tone nature of turquoise makes it complement well with other jewel tones. With that, I’ll purchase that one and wear it on Ginger’s party next week.

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