Blues and blacks have long been antithetical to one another when it comes to dressing. Each of these colors on its own stands as a strong anchoring neutral. But because they are so close on the color wheel, when blue meets black in an outfit, often the pairing just doesn’t add up to much contrast, or interest for that matter. Suits tend to be either blue or navy. Or you might think a dark navy pump with an all black pantsuit is just mismatched. But the moment you turn the volume up on a rich navy to a slightly more vibrant midnight blue, you’ve got subtle contrast that can be very alluring. Take this Alice + Olivia dress. Black lace and billowy blue silk lends itself so beautifully to a nighttime soirée. Don’t you think? Add to that a very of-the-moment pair of tassel earrings and a wispy ponytail with velvet bow, and voilà Victorian elegance.
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I was lusting after this Jennifer Behr velvet hair bow barrette for $128 but found mine at J.Crew for much less which quickly sold out online. You may still find one in stores or find Behr’s available locally in L.A. at salon Striiike. But why not go to a craft store and purchase your own velvet ribbon for way less? Here’s some inspiration on more ways to wear bows this season at vogue.com.
This spring, florals, pastels and feminine details reign. You'll see puff sleeves on blouses, lace and high ladylike necklines. Off-the-shoulder styles will also carry over from last summer. So, I've rounded up some of my favorite lady-like midi dresses, key transition pieces, to ease into spring temperatures gracefully.
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