STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Cruising for a Bruising

When one thinks of the colors black and blue together, there are many connotations that come to mind — a bruised fighter’s eye, the Carolina Panthers, but not necessarily a fashion statement. The two most basic primary colors are certainly staples of any Fashionista’s wardrobe but one of the oldest faux pas in fashion is to wear them together. But, since this is no longer the time of Elvis and sock hops, restrictive “rules” about matching should be updated with the modern century in which we now live.

The key to wearing these neutrals together, however, is to fit them in the right combination. It is hard to make a navy shirt with black pants, as well as its vice versa of navy pants and a black shirt, work — which is why a unique play of textures, materials and length is the best bet for this color combination. It is also important to try and incorporate one item that includes both black and blue in the outfit to tie the whole look together.

This week’s Fashionista incorporates both — the contrasting lengths of the denim skirt and short trench and the slim silhouette of the tights along with the black and blue patterned scarf allow the colors to be mixed flawlessly. For those afraid of breaking their grandmother’s most sacred rule, start with a small accessory item that combines the two colors, such as these oxford style heels from Anthropologie or a Missoni-inspired scarf from Forever 21. So go out there and be a style rebel — just don’t be surprised if people think you’re a Panthers fan.

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