[Images via ELLE.com]
I have a serious bone to pick with whoever said that wearing black and blue together is a fashion faux pas. This rule is utterly erroneous these days! You absolutely CAN wear black and navy together; take the fall 2012 runways as inspiration as to how to perfectly pair the two neutrals together.
No one did black and blue better than Rebecca Taylor in her Fall 2012 RTW collection (seen above). She effortlessly mixed the colors to craft unique looks that are dark and edgy, yet sophisticated.
Being that both of these hues are neutrals, black and navy actually work quite well together. I adore the way a navy sweater looks with black jeans, or the way a black dress looks with a navy blazer. Navy looks fantastically improper (and anything but wrong) when paired with black accessories. The best practice for putting together a black and blue look is to make sure the colors are distinguishable from each other (i.e. don’t pair a hue of navy-black with a matte black item), and keep the fabrications in similar families, i.e. silks with other light weight fabrics, wovens with wovens, jersey with jersey). Enough talk about it, here’s how we’d arrange our best black and blue ensembles:
1. Clear-heeled shoes, a muted clutch and a silver cuff toughen up a delicate navy frock.
[ASOS Dress with Chiffon Panel, $29; Tencil Jersey Panel Biker Jacket, $90; Topshop Hard Phone Purse, $28; Nasty Gal Stone Barr Cuff , $16; Nasty Gal Soiree Platform, $120]
2. Metallics add edge to already edgy leather leggings, while the navy blazer flirts toward classic.
[Nasty Gal Bullet Earrings, $18; Forever 21 Studded Crossbody Bag $20.80; Blank Denim Vegan Faux Leather Leggings via Shopbop.com, $68; Zara Pique Blazer $79.90]
3. A bold suede satchel, East meets West boots, chunky baubles and a layered knit add all the right texture to a plain-ish dress.
[All Saints Pipali Racer Dress,$150; J.Crew Necklaces, $85-$118; ASOS Leather Western Ankle Boots,$44.74; J.Crew Telegram Suede Mini-Satchel, $258; ASOS River Island High Neck Cable Knit Dress $32.31; ASOS French Connection Halter Maxi, $149.13; Nasty Gal Jinghua Knit $70]
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