Today, Sue of Une Femme and I are giving you our take on black and navy, unappreciated color combination that it is, and dressing up for the holidays. While navy and black may not give you the punch of, say, red and green, or black and silver, for those of us who like our style subtle the combination can be fun to play with.
Just remember, because the two colors are so visually similar, you want to use texture and layout to amp up the look. Layout? What am I talking about? I’m pretending you’re a magazine and I mean a pronounced silhouette and white space, i.e. your skin.
Principles Of Black And Navy For The Polished Tomboy
- Dress in full understanding of your silhouette. Use it. I’m broad-shouldered and long-waisted. My favorite body part is not my upper thighs. So, I wear a short skinny ribbed sweater (vintage, TSE cashmere), with high(ish)-waisted straight-leg black pants.
- Display strategic skin. I’ve covered my neck but exposed my ankles.
- Texture, sheen, and pattern are your friends. My sweater is ribbed, the pants dupioni silk with lots of sheen, the shoes beaded to within an inch of their lives.
- Do wear spectacular shoes. These Rene Caovillas hurt my feet like heck. For sitting only. Note, spectacular does not have to mean expensive, per se. You want the visual impact, however achieved.
- Carry, hang or drape an accessory big enough to notice in a contrasting color. I am carrying a small gold/silver minaudiere that cost $35. The point being that gold contrasts to the cool tones of the rest of my outfit. Oh, and, although here I’m wearing some large disc earrings – in retrospect I’d go for danglers, as per usual for fancy anything.
- Pay attention to your lipstick. Navy and black look very different on different skin tones, so your goal with lipstick is to highlight your face, not play nice with your clothes. (I got a sample of Bare Minerals new matte liquid lipstick when I took my daughter to Sephora, I really like it. Scented like vanilla though, in case that’s an issue for you.)
Sue may have other rules, and whatever she says, for we surprise each other with these posts, will be correct. (I’ve seen her post now. She looks fantastic)
And we’re off.
My clothes are all from previous years. I’ve owned that TSE turtleneck for a decade. But this look is pretty easy to recreate today. I reminded myself, if not anyone else, of Audrey Hepburn. Even if she never stepped down into the oil spots of auto after auto along a city street.
A Black And Navy Holiday For 2016
- Black “Cigarette” Pants with Sheen Expensive from Tahari || Less Expensive In Silk-Cotton Dupioni from Talbots
- Skinny Navy Turtleneck Expensive (wool, silk, cashmere) from St. John || Way Less Expensive from UNIQLO (go UNIQLO!)
- Black Mid-Length Pencil Skirt (because some of you have reminded me that skirts do exist) From Diane von Furstenberg
- Beaded Navy Shoes Expensive from Rene Caovilla at Yoox || Less Expensive from Nina at Lord and Taylor
- Embellished Navy Booties (for those skirts) Expensive (but with snakeskin!) from Jimmy Choo || Less Expensive from Brian Atwood (on pretty deep sale)
- Wildly Inexpensive Minaudières In Peach || In Gold/Silver
- Matte Liquid Lip Color from Bare Minerals via Nordstrom
A well-implemented navy and black outfit says, “I’ve got this.” We project as much confidence in quiet as in noise.
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