Fashion Friday: Why Black and Navy Needs to be your New Favorite Color Combo

Why Black and Navy Needs to be Your New Favorite Color Combo

We’ve heard fashion advice for years. Don’t wear white after Labor Day. Don’t match your purse and shoes. Don’t wear black and navy.

But I’m here to tell you a lot of the time fashion rules are meant to be broken. Wear what you love, what makes you feel good, what’s in your closet, even if some of the so called experts say you shouldn’t.

Why Black and Navy Needs to be your New Favorite Color Combo

I say fashion has one rule and that is to have fun! Life is serious and hard and picking out what to wear shouldn’t be.

I definitely wear white after Labor Day. I love matching my purse and shoes (sometimes), and black and navy – it’s my jam.

While black and navy is a combination I love to put together all the time, this Elizabeth and James dress is my favorite example. I mean if Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen say it’s okay, then it totally is. WWMKAD (What Would Mary Kate and Ashley Do), right???

Jimmy Choo Glitter Pumps

Not only does this dress pair black and navy, perfectly, but it also fits great, is young, and super cool and hip with the chain at the waist to show a little skin.

I added black and gold glitter shoes (because I can also never have enough glitter #sorrynotsorry) to further accentuate the combo and add a metallic pop. My trusty black purse finished the look.

Whether I’m shopping, heading to a concert or event, or grabbing dinner, this has become one of my favorite dresses and has solidified my love of wearing black and navy together.

Dress: Elizabeth and James // Shoes: Jimmy Choo // Handbag: YSL

Whe Black and Navy Needs to be your New Favorite Color Combo

Fashion Friday: Bold Sundress

How to Wear Bright Colors

When Reese Witherspoon launched Draper James, I was one of the first to check it out and sign up for emails. Over the past few months, I have fallen in love with the style, elegance, and charm of the offerings there.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that I’m a huge fan of Reese. I love her movies, her sense of style, and her approachable personality. Watching Legally Blonde with my Granny is one of my favorite memories. Now, every time it’s on, I have to stop and watch it. I bet I’ve seen it over a hundred times.

How to Wear Bright Colors

I’m even Tweeting Reese pretty much every day right now to see if maybe she’d produce one of my scripts. Yep, Reese has an awesome production company, and I think of my scripts should be the next feature she produces.

But let’s get back to the fashion. I had my eye on this dress since it came out, and when it went on sale I finally decided to give it a try. I was worried it wouldn’t fit, but it was like it was made just for me.

How to Wear Bright Colors

The bright, bold yellow is my favorite part about the dress. When I wore it the other day, several people commented on the great color. I definitely couldn’t blend into the crowd! The back is also unique and fun. Plus, I love the gold buttons. Such a classy touch!

I wanted the dress to be the star, so I paired it with a simple black clutch, black sandals, and my big black cat sunglasses. My red lipstick added to the classic feeling of the outfit. By the way, that is the BEST red lipstick. Such a true red.

How to Wear Bright Colors

I really wish it would be summer forever, so I could wear this dress year round. Maybe Reese will have some fun cold weather finds too …

Dress: Draper James // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Clutch: YSL // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson // Lipstick: Chanel in Gabrielle

How to Wear Bright Colors

Fashion Friday: Leopard Print

How to Wear Leopard Print

I tend to shy away from really bold patterns. They can be hard to wear and draw a lot of attention, sometimes good, sometimes not so good.

Let’s face it: animal prints are super hard to wear without looking cheesy. Even my favorite celebrities have worn animal prints and been on the worst dressed list.

How to Wear Leopard Print

But when I saw this Blumarine dress on sale at Neiman Marcus a few years ago, I had to have it. The animal print is fun and not too overwhelming, particularly because this is a day dress. It doesn’t have sequins or embellishment; it’s not even made from a fussy fabric.

Instead, it’s an easy to wear dress that’s perfect for running errands or shopping. I paired it with my cat sunglasses to keep the theme going as well as satin sandals with feathers. Okay, so I went a little animal crazy 😉

How to Wear Leopard Print

My tiny Gucci bag (read: my phone barely fits) was the perfect accompaniment. It’s actually one of my favorite bags – I just wish a little more fit in it. Phones are so big these days that not much else fits in this bag.

Together, all the brown tones pair well. I had fun wearing this outfit, and sometimes that’s all life is about.

Dress: Blumarine // Shoes: Manolo Blahnik // Bag: Gucci // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson

How to Wear Leopard Print

Fashion Friday: Little Black Dress

Fashion Friday: Little Black Dress

When I’m going out, I love to put on a dress. It’s so simple to not have to think about choosing matching tops and skirts. I have a few favorite dresses that are easy to wear and always look good. When I look good, I feel good.

This is one of the classic dresses in my closet. I bought it years ago (seriously, maybe five years) at Neiman Marcus when I had a coupon. I wear it all the time, whether I’m running errands or heading out for dinner.

Little Black Dress

The silhouette is really flattering with the built in belt and draping. It isn’t too tight or grabby and the fabric is breathable. It doesn’t wrinkle easily and never leaves me feeling uncomfortable.

Plus, it goes with anything. I paired it with my new squiggly heel Christian Louboutins this time. When I spotted these months ago, I knew I had to have them. They are different than anything else in my closet with that unique heel. I absolutely love the color too. It makes me happy just looking at them.

Little Black Dress

I also added my Dior bag with a little Tiffany key chain that matches the shoes pretty well, and my favorite fierce sunglasses. All of that along with a classic red lip, gave me a modern yet sophisticated look that made me feel like I could conquer the world … or at least the mall.

Christian Louboutins

Dress: Zac Posen // Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Handbag: Dior // Sunglasses: Anna Karin Karlsson

Little Black Dress

Fashion Friday: Day Dress

How to Wear a Day Dress

Very often when I am going somewhere I turn to the day dresses I have in my closet. For me, they are so easy to grab, put on, and go. I don’t have to worry about matching tops and skirts; I don’t even have to think.

While I sometimes struggle to find dresses like this that fit well, look great, and are super comfortable, when I do, I wear them all the time. I actually have this one in a bright shamrock green as well.

How to Wear a Day Dress

The ¾ sleeves make it perfect almost year round and the fit and flare silhouette is very flattering.

I also love the bold color. It is very striking and pops against my skin and hair. Plus it pairs well with neutrals and metallic, like the Prada shoes I wore with my polka dot skirt.

How to Wear a Day Dress

Those shoes are actually one of my favorite things in my closet. They were a collaboration with Neiman Marcus when they celebrated their 100th anniversary. I picked up this alligator pair on sale and couldn’t be happier I found them.

The next time you are searching through your closet, wondering what you should wear, try a casual, comfortable dress.

Dress: Kate Spade // Shoes: Prada // Sunglasses: Tiffany & Co.

How to Wear a Day Dress

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