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? What colors go with navy? How can you put together stylish navy outfits?
Below 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
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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.
Sheree @shesheshow above opts for a casual yet sylish navy look.
It can be formal or casual
You could wear navy 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
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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. You’ll see that many designers decided to team navy with brighter shades and metallics.
Balmain – Tod’s – Lanvin
Exactly what is navy blue?
Before moving onto some of the best navy clothes and accessories and navy outfits, let’s consider exactly what we mean by 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 Outfits For Women: The Best Navy Pieces 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, below are some of my favorite navy clothes and accessories in stores now.
Tamera @tamerabeardsley above shows off a maxi dress look that would be perfect for a vacation or summer event.
A tunic top is one of the handiest items of clothing to have in your closet as you can wear it with your leggings and skinny jeans.
Everyone should have a blazer in their closet, and this navy blue style is an absolute classic.
A long cardigan is great for adding not just warmth but also long, lean, flattering lines.
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.
Rather than opting for black pants next time you choose a pair, how about navy blue? They’re just as versatile.
Navy blue dress
Rather than a little black dress, you could opt for a little navy dress. The Karen Kane dress below features flattering ruching so is a good option if you want to hide your belly, as well as a v-neck style, and has sleeves long enough to cover your upper arms.
You could opt for high-low dressing by teaming the pleated navy blue skirt (below) with a t-shirt and sneakers or wear for a more formal dinner or event.
A pair of navy sandals would look beautiful for summer, or for a night out. Or how about a pair of ankle booties as summer turns to fall.
A navy bag should go with all the things in your wardrobe that a black bag could be worn with.
Other navy blue accessories
As well as a classic navy handbag, you could think about adding other beautiful navy accessories to your closet.
Tory Burch recycled nylon tote – Polarspex polarized sunglasses – Calvin Klein lightweight wrap scarf – Beltox elastic wide waist belt – Canvas Jewelry set of 3 beaded tacking bracelets – Nine West drop earrings – Lisianthus belt buckle fedora hat – Tory Burch leather strap watch, 36mm
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.
How to choose the best navy outfits
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. Or, just choose one of the colors you like to wear – it’s hard to get it wrong when matching colors with navy.
Black and navy together
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.
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.
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 2018 wedding.
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.
Sandra @lapecosapreciosa above opts for a chic nautical style and adds a pop of red.
Outfit 1: Urban CoCo open front blazer – Vince Camuto rumpled satin blouse – Tommy Bahama boyfriend jeans – Marc Fisher LTD block heel pump – Tory Burch recycled nylon tote – Kendra Scott drop earrings
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 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.
Suzie @suzie.richetti above teams her navy with beige and pulls the whole look together with her metallic buttons and toe caps.
Navy blue and orange
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.
This can be an unexpected color combination but yet a classic one.
Outfit 3: GRACE KARIN 3/4 sleeve cardigan – Missufe ruched tank dress – Bella Vita espadrille wedge sandal – SG SUGU dome crossbody bag – Canvas Jewelry set of 3 beaded tacking bracelets – Nine West drop earrings
Navy 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.
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!
Kylie @kylishaus above chooses a dress that has the navy and white print mixed for her, and she tops with a pale blue blazer.
How to wear navy blue: with cream
As well as navy and pure white, navy and cream is another classic combination, creating a softer look as there is less of a contrast between the colors.
Outfit 3: Grace Karin open front cardigan – Vince Camuto rumpled satin blouse – Caslon textured cotton pull-on pants – Bella Vita espadrille wedge sandal – Tory Burch leather crossbody bag – C·QUAN CHI tassel beaded necklace
Your navy looks together in one capsule
Below, you can see some of the looks from above together in one capsule. You could definitely mix the clothes, shoes and accessories up to create different looks.
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More navy capsule inspiration
The below capsules are past season but should still give you plenty of navy outfit inspiration.
Below is a past season capsule for even more inspiration. You can see that you can create timeless looks with navy blue.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
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