|Shirting by Apolis Activism, cardigan by J.Crew and madras bow tie by AnnaRuna.|
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- Tell us who in your life needs a bow tie and why. If it’s you, that’s cool. If it’s your brother, great. If you’re a lady and want to rock some camo steeze with your chambray button down and floral skirt, that’s cool too, Cary.
Obnoxious color? Check.
Killer watch by Uniform Wares from Need Supply.
Why we like this look? Monochromatic palette with touches of color and print. We like that.
“You can’t do that.”
“Wear black and navy.”
“You just can’t.”
Gentlemen, who gave us this no-black-and-navy rule?
Hell, who said you can’t wear brown and black together? I’m sure they had every good intention of steering you away from being gawked at or accused of being color-blind (because hey, I know a few guys who are color blind.) But let’s step back and reassess of our views on mixing black and navy.
For us Midwestern boys, we were told not to wear black and navy together because…
- It’s too dark.
- It doesn’t match.
- It doesn’t look “good.”
- It’s too dark: Try breaking up the navy and black with some white, grey or another neutral—even olive or khaki. (Yes, those are considered neutrals.)
- It doesn’t match: That’s the point. You don’t have to match your belt to your shoes to your watch strap color. Although you can, you don’t have to. You’ve heard the expression “matchy-matchy?” Yeah, let’s avoid that in this scenario and roll with the bruised-looking palette, that’s often how I look walking out the door. (A little black and blue, with a dash of purple or mustard.)
- It doesn’t look “good.” Well, that’s in the eye of the beholder. And I’m beholding you and telling you it looks sharp. You were probably told that you can’t wear dress shoes without socks and that you can’t wear white after Labor Day. Bullshit.
Feeling ballsy? Add a touch of yellow or an obnoxious pattern.