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.
These colours worn together makes a smart combination that you can wear for many years and they will always look great whether or not either colour is the colour of the season. Do not confuse this deep blue with navy. Navy has black added to it: so it is a much darker colour. Some shades like French navy can be very close to true 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. These are both classic colours and these basic, staple colours go well together. 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 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 it as a 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 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 blue modern style jacket with or without a collar. Wear the jacket unbuttoned to show the top underneath.
Both these colours 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 the 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 the blue skirt or pants, a black, open draped jacket and underneath it, a print top with those two colours plus some warmer colours. Another idea from Burda patterns is to wear a blue skirt, black cardigan and a chambray blue shirt and a blue-grey scarf.
You can find examples of all these ways of combining these two classic colours in the pattern books or on the pattern 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.