The Oscars 2015 red carpet ushered in a new cool for the navy suit. Our two best dressed men were Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne in midnight blue Alexander McQueen and Ansel Elgort in navy and black Prada, both showing off how to do formal without a black tux.
For guys out there looking to try something new for an upcoming wedding or black-tie event, here are Wantering’s most coveted navy pieces.
Stuck in the Middle: How to Style Midi Skirts and Dresses
Midi-length skirts and dresses cut right below the knee where the shin starts. This length is a great transition for spring when it’s begun to warm up, but not quite enough yet to wear miniskirts without tights. They can also be extremely versatile—sophisticated, sexy, grungy, or however else you want to style it!
Try a full skirt in a bright color for something flirty and fun. Pair it with a crop top and a pair of strappy heels or wedges for a perfectly spring look. Pop on a floral blazer for some pattern, or color block with a cropped jacket from the opposite side of the color wheel. Don’t want to mix and match skirts and tops? Throw on a dress instead! If you’re on the petite side, make sure you stick to shoes with a little bit of a heel, so you don’t look like you’re drowning in fabric.
If you’re looking for a midi style that’s tighter and fitted all the way down, opt for a dress instead of a skirt. A dress can do double duty for you too! You can layer a cropped sweater or t-shirt over it, or just wear it without any top layers. Throw on a motorcycle jacket, a chain necklace, and Doc Martens for a grungy, street-style effect. Stick with acid-wash or a single solid color if you’re worried about making patterns work. Play around with patterns and punches of color if you’re feeling adventurous! (Note: If you get a striped dress, look for something with thinner stripes so it doesn’t give the illusion that you look wider than you look!)
Wear backless dress to work and keep the sexy under wraps by topping off with a sophisticated blazer. The high neckline keeps the front modest, but the open back amps it up for a night out after work. Strut in some sky-high heels to lengthen your legs.