Ask The Fashion Police: Can I wear maroon and teal together?

Maroon and teal: should they ever meet?

A few days ago, we re-opened our Formspring account, which means we’re preparing ourselves for the usual barrage of questions from people who: a) Think we’re a shop and b) Think we’re Joan Rivers.(Note: we are not Joan Rivers.) We do tend to get some serious style-related questions, though, and here is the first of them:

Q: Can I wear maroon and teal together? I have a maroon shirt and teal shoes that I’d like to wear together, but I’ve heard it’s a bad combination. . .

Well, the good news here is that, thanks to the ongoing trend for colourblocking, you can wear pretty much ANY two colours together and call it FASHUN. If people look at you funny, simply put you nose in the air, toss your hair, and tell them it’s DESIGNER and they obviously DON’T UNDERSTAND.

If you dont want to be a fashion victim, however, we think you could still make this work, although personally we probably wouldn’t: it’s an unusual combination, and not the most natural of colour pairings. Where there’s a will, there’s (probably) a way, though, so if you really want to wear the two together, what will help in this case is the fact that the items in question are a shirt and shoes, so they won’t be right next to each other and will, instead, be separated by whatever you’re wearing in between, be it skirt, pants or shorts. If you make that middle item neutral enough, the teal shoes could just provide an interesting contrast, although we’d still be tempted to just wear them both with something else.

We’ve no idea what the items under discussion actually look like, of course, so we tried to just imagine what an outfit consisting of a maroon shirt and teal shoes might look like:


Well, we wouldn’t arrest you for it, but we don’t love it either, and we can’t help but think that both of those items would look an awful lot better worn with some other colour.

We don’t want you to take our word for it, though, so we’re opening out the question to the ladies and gentlemen of the Fashion Police jury:

Can you wear teal and maroon together? Advise your fellow citizen in the comments section…

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  • August 1, 2011


    Hmm. I have very few rigid rules for colour mixing (although I hate black&brown and black&navy together), and personally I think that a maroon dress with teal shoes would look quite good. The key is that you (and only you) need to feel comfortable in your outfit. (this doesn’t go for Crocs or Uggs though :))

  • August 1, 2011


    I actually quite like that outfit. I’d probably wear it.

  • August 1, 2011


    In my opinion it depends on the exact hue of the colour. As you all can see in the examples there isn’t just ONE teal and ONE maroon, but brighter and more muted versions. And while I would like both maroon dresses with the darker teal shoes, I probably wouldn’t wear either with the bow shoes in the later example.
    But in the end it’s a matter of personal taste, and if you like it, then do it!

  • August 1, 2011


    I think teal and maroon are great together! I think the key is to have one be a dominant color. Rather than equal amounts of maroon and teal, try using one of them as an accent in your accessories.

  • August 1, 2011

    Couture Coco

    No, it’s teal and fuschia pink together :-)

  • August 1, 2011


    Switch that skirt for a grey one Amber, and you have yourself an outfit. I would definitely wear the combination, though probably not right now as I tend to think of maroon as more of an A/W shade.

  • August 1, 2011

    Skint in the City

    I think teal and maroon go pretty nicely together actually. I remember a favourite winter outfit of a few years ago used to be a teal cowl neck with a camel skirt and maroon shoes. Go for it girl!

  • August 1, 2011


    Red and teal happen to be my favorite color combo. One of my favorite outfits is a teal tee-shirt, black skinny jeans and killer red stilettos. I’m not a fan of maroon in general, though.

  • August 2, 2011

    Rock Hyrax

    I’m not so sure. Anyone in London would of course associate those colours with West Ham (football club), but as you can see in this link,,12562,00.html the ladies’ team only use the teal for tiny bits of trim.

  • August 3, 2011


    Maroon and teal look great together! The problem here is that you’ve shown light blue, rather than teal.

  • August 4, 2011


    I wouldn’t wear maroon and teal together; personally, I’m going with Amber on this one. Then again, since my high school’s colors were maroon and white, and that translated to being in a 95% maroon-walled building for 4 years (and a terrible shade of it to boot) I harbor some resentment towards maroon in general.

  • August 4, 2011


    not being an english natural, and havin my english bad enough I have to check my old friend, Google.
    teal seemn to be associate with maroon not only in outfits, but in interior design, and even in nature.