Some colours are the in colour of the season and then out of fashion for many more seasons at the whim of the fashion world. royal blue is one of those colours. Depending on when you are reading this article, it could be in or out.
Combined with black, royal blue makes a smart combination that you can wear for many years and it will always look great whether or not it is the colour of the season. Do not confuse it with navy. Royal blue is a brighter colour and at its deepest, is the blue colour used on many flags. Navy is made up of royal blue and black: so it is a much darker colour. Some shades of navy can be very close to black in colour.
Read on for some smart dressing tips for business and professional women over 40 so that you learn a few insider secrets to making this colour combination work for you.
Why it Works
Black and royal blue work as a combination when you can clearly see the difference between the two colours from a distance. Royal Blue is a classic colour: so combines well with classic black. The combination is unusual enough to always look smart in whatever situation you wear it. The challenge is to make it modern rather than staid and old-fashioned.
Royal Blue over Black
I think this is the best and smartest way to wear this colour combination. Wear the royal blue on the top half of your body and keep it in a modern style that is open at your neckline. The simplest way is to wear a royal blue jacket over a black dress or black top with black skirt or pants. Make sure you leave space at your neckline to add jewellery or a scarf.
A more unusual way to wear these colours is to wear a royal blue modern-style top over black pants or black skirt. Accessories again will be the key to looking modern and stylish when you combine two solid colours.
An easier and safer option is to wear a print top that combines the two colours and maybe, adds a touch of white or grey. When wearing a print top, add a royal blue modern style jacket with or without a collar. Wear the jacket unbuttoned to show the top underneath.
Royal Blue and black are cool colours and best suit those with that colouring. For you, add silver or black accessories. If you have a warm colouring or if you want to be more approachable, add gold or rose gold accessories or a scarf or necklace with warm colours and a touch of royal blue. This will soften the cool colours and blend more with your neck and facial skin.
Black over Royal Blue
This combination requires more care to make it look smart rather than dull or dowdy. I suggest sticking to a black jacket rather than a black top. Wear the jacket in a soft style which can be worn open and well away from that magic area below your neck. Experiment with a royal blue skirt or pants, a black, open drapey jacket and underneath it, a print top with those two colours plus some warmer colours.
You can find examples of all these ways of combining black and royal blue in the pattern books or on their websites.
Black and Navy
Keep this combination only to black accessories worn with a navy dress. Add some white, grey or pale blue in the necklace or scarf. Make sure you can see the difference between the two colours from a distance or you will just look mismatched.
Now you have learnt some creative ideas for combining these two colour, go and play. Translate royal blue and black into your individual style and create combinations that make you feel modern and more alive.
(Article sent to subscribers of The Fashion Translator eZine’ on 11 August 2011. Click here to sign up for The Fashion Translator eZine.)