YES, You Can!
How and Why to Try It!
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Have you ever wondered why it is that men don’t waste time trying to find navy shoes that go with their suits?
Men commonly wear black shoes with navy suits. Yes, brown shoes with blue suits IS a thing, but black still rules the roost.
The military wears black shoes with blue uniforms, too!
Why and when did it become a “thing” for women to wear navy shoes with navy rather than simply wearing black? This seems to be more of an American problem, by the way.
Now, I love a good navy shoe. I love any good shoe, to be perfectly honest! BUT there’s no reason to shy away from wearing black shoes with navy, unless that feels too heavy for you!
This came up while we were doing a style exercise in the Style Splash group recently. I asked the ladies what colors they remembered being told weren’t “allowed” to be worn together. Navy and black came up more than once.
I remember pink and red being verboten. But you couldn’t get me to live by that “rule” for love or money!
Since diving deeply into color during my training, I’ve given up my color prejudices. I’m happy to mix an match all kinds of colors I’d never have imagined before. I do want them to share color properties that create harmony, but I see no reason not to wear blue and green, or red and purple, or navy and black.
Navy and black speaks to my inner rebel…
Why it Works
Navy and Black share color properties, they both have Dark Values, Black has a Cool Undertone and navy often does, too! (Some navys are warm, but most are cool.) What are color properties and what do they have to do with matching? Read this.
Easing Into Navy and Black
I didn’t start out pairing black and navy, except for denim and black. (I remember being warned off denim and black when I was a girl. I guess that was only for rebels.) I kind of eased my way into it over the past year. It started with light blue and black.
It’s all because of this skirt and last year’s Italian Capsule Wardrobe and Wardrobe Reboot. See my inner rebel wearing navy maryjanes with a black and white skirt? I know how to live on the edge, I tell you.
I remembered wearing bright blue (Klein Blue) and black in the 80’s; since that was a style vibe on another go-round, I tried this:
Still with light shoes to create balance with my light hair (and the eyelet ruffle on the top.) That’s the magic of TnT!
Then, it was a small step to these looks.
I think the light blue silk shirt and leopard skirt outfits are my two favorites. I’d wear the navy eyelet top and black trousers on repeat for sure! They needed some lightening up and color, so green sandals, turquoise earrings and green and turquoise bracelets helped tie it all together.
Style is a matter of channeling cat-titude. It’s all about looking like you meant to do that. You know how cats have that look? They fall off the table or walk headfirst into a wall? And manage to look like they did it on purpose! Grab your I-meant-to-do-that attitude and mix navy and black to your little heart’s content. You might do that with attitude alone, but I’m always happy to let the accessories create that intention.
Old Rule: Don’t Wear Navy with Black
New School: Channel Your Inner Cat!
How About You?
What colors were not-to-be-combined in your world? Who told you that? Do you still feel that way? Or have you decided those rules aren’t ones you want to keep anymore? What color combinations feel daring to you? Can you see the TnT effect in the navy top and black trousers outfit above? Where else can you spot the TnT effect in these outfits?