It’s one of the most universally flattering colors around and can look less harsh than black. But what is the best way to wear navy blue?

Here are some ideas for you on how to wear navy, including color palettes for you to choose from.

Reasons navy blue is such a fabulous color to wear

Here are just some of the things I love about navy:

Navy is a universal color

Unlike black, which can be harsh, it flatters the vast majority of skin tones.

It looks stylish year-round

While it’s not always in stores in great quantities all year, it looks fabulous at any time of year, whether you opt for a navy party dress at Christmas, or you wear a striped navy tee during summer.

It can be formal or casual

You could wear it as a mother-of-the-bride in lovely lace, or you could choose a chunky navy sweater. It’s one of the most versatile colors out there!

Navy goes with every other color in your closet

If you are having one of those I-have-nothing-to-wear moments, adding more neutrals to your closet can help you get the most out of the clothes you already have.

Because it’s a classic shade, you can afford to think about navy clothes and accessories as an investment that you will keep for years.

Designers showcasing navy blue color palettes

Every season, designers always opt for at least some navy blue outfits, and this winter and fall are no exception.

There are more color trends for fall 2019 here.

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Christian Dior – Chanel – Alexander McQueen

Exactly what is navy blue?

Navy blue was first used as a term for the specific shade of dark blue worn by the British Royal Navy.

Now, it is still used to refer to a blue color which is almost black, but you will find there are variations in shade. Some are so close to black that you would think they actually were black from a distance, while others have more blue in them.

Navy blue is always a popular color on the fashion runways, with designers for this fall opting for both lighter shades of navy, and dark navies that are very close to black (above).

Colors that go with navy

So now that I’ve extolled the virtues of navy, what should you wear with your navy?

What are the colors that go with navy? What matches with navy blue.

Scroll down for some of my favorite navy color combinations, as well as the best navy clothes and accessories in stores now.

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With all the versatility offered by navy blue comes choice.

So, just how do you go about narrowing down what you will wear with your navy?

You could take a look at color palettes such as those below and then create an outfit based on your favorite.

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What matches with navy? Navy and black

The old adage that you shouldn’t wear navy with black is just one of those outdated rules like not wearing white shoes after Labor Day!

It can actually be a very chic combination.

navy and black outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: dolman sleeve pullovermoto jacketanimal print skirtcrossbody bagknee-high boots

OUTFIT 2: cowl neck satin dresssequin boleroclutch bagankle strap pumpbeaded triangle earrings

OUTFIT 3: oversized turtleneck sweaterhigh waist wide leg pantscuff bootietote bagplaid scarf

It’s often a very Parisian combination to wear! To stop the two colors from looking as if they are bleeding together, use different textures, or use black as an accessory to your navy.

how to wear navy blue with black | 40plusstyle.com

Psyche (above) wears navy with her black jeans and Gucci shoulder bag.

Get this similar one shoulder top and bootcut jeans to recreate her look.

How to wear navy blue and white

Crisp and clean, navy and white is an incredibly chic combination.

It was, for example, chosen by many of the guests at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding.

navy and white outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: turtleneck sweatercrop wide leg jeansleather totesuede bootie

OUTFIT 2: angled sheath dressblazersuede flatnylon totetassel necklace

OUTFIT 3: embroidered topcable cardigandenim skirtsneakertop handle bag

ideas on how to wear navy blue with white | 40plusstyle.com

Greetje (above) shows how beautifully navy and white can go together.

Check out this similar blouse, chiffon skirt and pumps.

There are plenty of beautiful navy and white options on the high street. This combination can also go beautifully with other neutrals such as tan and taupe.

Navy and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com
Wearing navy and white | 40plusstyle.com

Photos (above) by Denton Taylor

How to wear navy blue with neutrals

Another timeless way to wear navy is to pair the color with neutrals. These colors can also provide a great base if you want to add a pop of another color.

navy and neutral outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: draped tank topleather jacketsatin skirtcrossbody bagchelsea boot

OUTFIT 2: silk shirtblazerwide leg trousersflared block pumpleather tote

OUTFIT 3: satin blousecorduroy pantsclutch bagbuckle bootiecluster stud earrings

Navy and neutrals can be a great combination whether you are looking for a casual look or something more formal.

You could, for example, wear a beige pencil skirt and navy blouse for work, or you could look at beige or navy chinos for a casual weekend vibe.

wearing navy blue with neutral accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Gisele (above) wears her navy with tan accessories.

Check out these ruched navy dresses from Eliza J and Amazon.

Complete her look with this belt, handbag and pumps.

How to wear navy blue with a pop of color

Of course, navy doesn’t have to be worn just with neutrals like black, white and taupe. It can go beautifully with so many colors. For major impact, try wearing with orange, red or yellow.

navy and orange outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: pocket shirtwide leg crop pantsbootietassel necklaceleather tote

OUTFIT 2: wrap dresswristletslingback pumppendant necklacebangles

OUTFIT 3: cashmere sweatertrench coatbootcut jeanscrossbody baglow top sneaker

This can be an unexpected color combination but yet a classic one.

how to wear navy blue with bright colors | 40plusstyle.com

Patricia (above) shows that navy also goes beautifully with red.

Check out these skirts from WDPL and Dare2BStylish. Also get this similar sweater, belt and pumps.

With blue

Wearing navy blue with pale blue tends to be something you associate with men’s fashion.

There’s a classic combination of navy chinos and a pale blue shirt that never dates.

navy and light blue outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: pocket belted shirtcoatstretch trousersleather toteslingback pumpsilk scarf

OUTFIT 2: cashmere sweaterwool topcoattrouserswool scarfbow pumpleather shopper

OUTFIT 3: animal burnout topsuede open front jacketslim jeansleather toteloafer

But, navy and pastel blue isn’t just for men to wear to work! It’s a combination which looks equally classy for women too!

wearing different color blues together | 40plusstyle.com

Jacqueline (above) shows how to pair different shades of blue, as well as a pop of leopard print.

Steal her look with this similar dress, blazer and flats.

Navy and cream

As well as navy and pure white, navy and cream is another classic combination.

navy and cream outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

OUTFIT 1: cowl neck sweaterpencil skirtcoatknee high bootnylon totespliced scarf

OUTFIT 2: silk shirtcrop pantssweater blazerflatcanvas tote

OUTFIT 3: crop topsweater pantsmetallic shoulder bagpumppendant necklace

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Claudia (above) wears a navy dress with a print along with a cream blazer.

Check out this similar floral dress, blazer, tights, hat and booties to steal her look.

With a print

An easy way to pair navy with another color is to look for a print that does the color mixing for you.

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Tanasha (above) looks fabulous in navy and yellow.

Check out this similar off shoulder top, printed maxi skirt and sandals.

A navy capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

The best navy blue clothes, shoes and accessories in stores now

Next time you think about adding more black to your closet, how about some navy instead?

If you don’t have any – or enough – navy in your closet, here are some of my favorite clothes and accessories in stores now.

navy blue dress

Rather than a little black dress, you could opt for a little navy dress.

All In Favor midi dress | 40plusstyle.com

All In Favor midi dress

navy long dress

A long dress in navy is a beautiful option for a formal event.

Vince Camuto long sleeve gown | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto long sleeve gown

long sleeve navy blue dress

If you prefer to cover your upper arms, look for a navy dress with sleeves.

There are more dresses with sleeves here.

Sam Edelman asymmetrical wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman asymmetrical wrap dress

navy and white dress

Navy and white will never date.

Club Monaco tipped pleated dress | 40plusstyle.com

Club Monaco tipped pleated dress

navy blue blazer

Everyone should have a blazer in their closet, and this navy blue style is an absolute classic.

1901 blazer | 40plusstyle.com

1901 blazer

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Oxana (above) looks very chic in her navy blazer and scarf.

Get this similar blazer, trousers, scarf and loafers to recreate her look.

navy blue pants

Rather than opting for black pants next time you choose a pair, how about navy blue? They’re just as versatile.

SUISTUDIO wool trousers | 40plusstyle.com

SUISTUDIO wool trousers

navy blue cardigan

Perfect for adding a cozy layer in cooler weather.

Amour Vert drape cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Amour Vert drape cardigan

navy blue sweater

Look out for detailing such as buttons if you want to add a nautical feel to your outfit.

Boden button shoulder sweater | 40plusstyle.com

Boden button shoulder sweater

navy blouse

A navy blue blouse will go with everything from jeans to your black pants to a more bold option such as red.

Chelsea28 double breasted top | 40plusstyle.com

Chelsea28 double breasted top

navy blue jumpsuit

A jumpsuit is a lovely option if you want to wear something different during the party season.

Vince Camuto gathered sleeve jumpsuit | 40plusstyle.com

Vince Camuto gathered sleeve jumpsuit

navy blue jacket

A trench coat is one of those wardrobe essentials that will always be a good investment. Rather than classic beige, you could opt for navy.

Lauren Ralph Lauren trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Lauren Ralph Lauren trench coat

navy handbag

What could be more timeless than a classic tote back in a classic shade of navy?

Kate Spade nylon tote | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Spade nylon tote

navy boots

Most women have a pair of black booties in their closet. Try navy for something a little out of the ordinary.

Splendid suede bootie | 440plusstyle.com

Splendid suede bootie

navy blue shoes

A pair of navy blue flats will be a hard-working item in your closet.

Steve by Steve Madden flat | 40plusstyle.com

Steve by Steve Madden flat

navy blue sandals

How about a pair of navy blue sandals for party season? Or to wear with your summer outfits once the weather warms up?

Carvela Comfort slingback sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Carvela Comfort slingback sandal

Do you know how to wear navy blue? What are your favorite navy blue combinations?

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