I often talk about rejecting outdated fashion “rules,” most of which are rooted in restrictive ideas of what is “flattering” or not.  Some fashion don’ts are just silly, however, like the old ban on wearing navy and black together.


This rule only holds water when it comes to unintentionally mismatched suits (a clear and present danger when a skirt is dark navy and your closet isn’t well lit).  As long as the combination is intentional, and the navy hue is rich enough for a visual contrast with the black, it is no longer a sartorial faux pas at all.  Adding a textural contrast (like pairing this delightfully nubby coat with sleek black denim) highlights the color combination.  I decided to mix textures for the entire outfit, with an open weave sweater, pebbled leather bag, and suede ankle booties.

IMG_4624.JPGThis was my look for the Stylish Curves Pop Up Shop, which was a fantastic event – it was great to be able to shop online retailers in person.  It was also a full house (and thus quite warm), so my coat came off the minute I hit the door.  Blogger Sandra from La Pecosa Preciosa snapped this picture of me in my monochrome look.  I have been on such a pattern kick for the last year and rarely wore all black looks, but I am feeling more inspired by them lately.  Part of that can be chalked up to these perfectly fitting Fashion to Figure black skinny jeans (an essential piece for fall) – I basically want to wear them all the time.


And of course, spending a day on the Lower East Side presents plenty of great street art photo backdrops, like this wonderfully illustrated shipping container on 1st Street.

Now for the outfit details:

Navy textured coat: Elvi (more details here)

Harness back sweater: Forever 21+ (sold out; try this asymmetrical hem option for another sweater with a twist)

Black skinny jeans: Fashion to Figure (these run true to size)

Suede ankle boots: Matt Bernson (sold out; similar heeled option here)

Pebbled leather handbag: Kate Spade (similar)

Wool bowler hat: H&M (similar)

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