Black and Blue. It conjures up images of bumps and bruises. Or maybe “the dress” that blew up social media worldwide.
It’s not, however, exactly the most popular pairing on Pinterest.
While it’s not the easiest color mixing to pull off, I do think it’s possible. Here’s a couple tips to keep in mind to make sure your mixing black and blue is a style statement and not a fashion faux pas.
When pairing similar colors, it’s helpful to wear them next to each other to highlight the contrast. If they are far away from each other (like a scarf and a pair of shoes) the intentional contrast might not appear so evident. Blazer on top of dress? Check.
While I didn’t use this option here, you can also create additional contrast by using pieces of varying textures. Maybe one piece is wool and the other lace? How about leather and cashmere? I’m sure you can dream up endless options, but you get my drift.
Fashion rules from days of yore have vanished into the style archives. White after Labor Day is perfectly fine. Intentionally competing colors and patterns? I can’t pull it off but the fashion gurus have nailed it flawlessly. Not wearing colors combinations like black and blue/navy or black and brown? So last century.
Hidden Style Tricks
While we’re on the topic of breaking rules, I’ve got a little secret in this outfit that makes it work with a blazer. In my opinion, at least, a wrap dress and blazer often compete with each other. The waist wrap and bow or knot fight with the contours and lines of the blazer making for an odd pairing.
To defeat this annoyance, I wrapped the ties around my waist and tied them in the back, high enough to hide under my blazer. Ignore that I’m straight up showing you a photo of my butt…
Give it a shot. Try a funky color combination or maybe it’s a style secret you’re going for to find a new way to remix your favorite dress? Have fun. It’s just clothes, after all.
Dress – Of|Mercer | Blazer – Express | Boots – Ivanka Trump | Tights – Target