HOW TO WEAR BLACK + NAVY

Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of The August Diaries shows how to wear black and navy together in a black slip dress and chunky navy knit and gold hoop earrings Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of The August Diaries shows how to wear black and navy together in a black slip dress and navy sweater with 3.1 Phillip Lim Kyoto boots Style and beauty blogger Jill Lansky of The August Diaries shows how to wear black and navy together in a black slip dress and navy knit

I hate fashion “rules”. No white after Labour Day. Don’t wear black with brown or navy. Match your accessories. It’s all bullshit, in my opinion, especially because fashion and style is so subjective and should make you feel good about yourself. Anyway, I did want to put together some of my tips (or guidelines, not rules!) for how to wear black and navy, since they can look so chic when done well!

1. KEEP IT SIMPLE

You don’t need to do a striped navy and black sweater and navy pants and black boots (although that would be a look…) – go for simple pieces, like a navy sweater and black jeans (or a black slip).

2. ADD SOME INTEREST WITH JEWELRY

Jewelry breaks up the dark colours and adds interest – I went with gold hoop earrings here. You could also add some layered necklaces.

3. WHEN IT DOUBT, WEAR MORE BLACK

It’s an easier colour to wear – add a navy accent piece if you’re unsure on how to pair the two colours, like a scarf or coat.

4. UTILIZE DIFFERENT TEXTURES

The different textures in the outfit above (chunky knit, silk slip dress) break up the monotonous colours. Textures are a great way to wear the same or similar colours and not look like waiter.

5. JUST DO IT!

They’re just clothes! You can literally take them off and never wear them again if you don’t want to. It’s important to try new things not just for sartorial reasons, but in life as well. Sometimes I find taking risks in fashion can encourage me to remember to do so in my life as well.

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Organic by John Patrick black slip dress (similar) | Navy sweater (old) | 3.1 Phillip Lim Kyoto boots | Shashi double hoop earrings

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8 Comments

  1. 01.23.2018 / 12:31 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I love that you don’t believe in fashion “rules”- so refreshing! Oh and I need these earrings. So good!
    Xo, Serene

  2. 01.23.2018 / 4:55 pm

    This sweater is everything! Absolutely love the chunky, cozy, fuzzy vibe. I’m a big fan of black and navy. A navy cashmere sweater with black denim or a slip dress is exactly how I do it too. You look stunning as always, and thanks for the outfit post!

    Oh, and I changed the name of my blog but it’s still me…Gina. Just wanted you to know.

    -G

    • August Diaries
      01.24.2018 / 12:14 pm

      Gina my love! I was just thinking about you. Thank you for the sweet comment and love the new name!

      xx Jill

  3. Lynette
    01.23.2018 / 9:54 pm

    Love this outfit! Sophisticated and edgy. And, looks so comfortable.

    • August Diaries
      01.24.2018 / 12:11 pm

      Lynette, you’re the best. Thank you for your sweet comment and constant support.

      xx Jill

    • August Diaries
      01.24.2018 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Melanie!

      xx Jill

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