Looking back, it’s clear that navy blue has been a touchstone this summer. Why change now?
In general, I don’t wear a lot of colors simultaneously. I often dress, head to toe, in one color. I usually am wearing two. Three is a stretch, and when I do it, two of the three are almost certainly related shades.
But here, proving yet again that I cannot be put in a box, I am wearing four colors.
Let’s count them off: white, navy, yellow, black. Four!
You may be saying, “Directrice, white, black, and khaki, even in their infinite shades, are not colors.”
They are to me!
This top from JCrew is not sold or shown with a belt; it has a loose, floaty silhouette — which is highly appropriate for summer casual clothes. No criticism here. I added a belt to dress it up. The linen is soft enough to belt easily, but the cut is full enough to create a bell shape beneath the belt — very charming, I think.
I could have worn this fringed linen top with a navy or black belt and it would have looked very smart. But I thought this marigold yellow would be an invigorating sliver of color.
The graphic floral bag in black and white works well with the blue/black/white/yellow already in play. You might think (theoretically) that the pattern would be too busy, but the round floral provides the right contrast to the color-blocked outfit.
Indeed, this whimsical bag is proof that a quirky item can be a stand-by. I use this bag all the time in the summer.
Top: JCrew Linen Tank Top with Fringe; Pants: JCrew; Belt; also JCrew; Shoes: Donald J. Pliner Fifi Sandal; Bag: Kate Spade; Watch: Michele Urban with grosgrain band