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

Navy and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Photo by Denton Taylor

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

Check out this similar dress, cardigan, tights, boots and sunglasses.

It looks stylish year-round

Sheree in a casual navy blue outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Steal her look with this similar long sleeve top, vest, leggings and sneakers.

It can be formal or casual

Striped top and white pants outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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!

Nora @jacketsociety above (read her style interview here) wears a classic combination of navy stripes and white. She adds interest with her gold shoes.

Get her look with this similar striped top, jacket, pants, sandals, earrings and sunglasses.

Navy goes with every other color in your closet

Wearing navy and white | 40plusstyle.com

Photo by Denton Taylor

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.

Check out this similar mock neck top, coat, skirt, boots, bag and sunglasses.

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.

What to wear with navy blue - designer pieces | 40plusstyle.com

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

Tamera in a navy blue maxi dress | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her outfit with this similar off the shoulder dress, headband and sunglasses.

Navy top

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.

Esenchel V-Neck swing tunic top  | 40plusstyle.com

Esenchel V-Neck swing tunic top

Navy blazer

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

Urban CoCo open front blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Urban CoCo open front blazer

Cardigan

A long cardigan is great for adding not just warmth but also long, lean, flattering lines.

Halogen cardigan | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen open front cardigan

Navy coat

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.

Wantdo waterproof double-breasted trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Wantdo waterproof double-breasted trench coat

Navy pants

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

Caslon textured cotton pull-on pants | 40plusstyle.com

Caslon textured cotton pull-on pants

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.

Karen Kane faux wrap dress | 40plusstyle.com

Karen Kane faux wrap dress

Navy skirt

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.

Kate Kasin pleated swing skirt  | 40plusstyle.com

Kate Kasin pleated swing skirt

Navy shoes

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.

Bella Vita bootie | 40plusstyle.com

Bella Vita bootie

Navy handbag

A navy bag should go with all the things in your wardrobe that a black bag could be worn with.

SG SUGU dome crossbody bag  | 40plusstyle.com

SG SUGU dome crossbody bag 

Other navy blue accessories

As well as a classic navy handbag, you could think about adding other beautiful navy accessories to your closet.

navy accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Tory Burch recycled nylon totePolarspex polarized sunglassesCalvin Klein lightweight wrap scarfBeltox elastic wide waist beltCanvas Jewelry set of 3 beaded tacking braceletsNine West drop earringsLisianthus belt buckle fedora hatTory 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.

How to wear navy blue with other blues | 40plusstyle.com
how to wear navy blue with neutrals | 40plusstyle.com
how to wear navy blue with orange | 40plusstyle.com

Black and navy together

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

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.

Psyche @economyofstyle above wears navy with her black jeans and Gucci shoulder bag.

Get this similar top, bootcut jeans and sandals to complete the look.

navy and black outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit1: Vince slim silk blouseSPANX jean-ish leggingsMarc Fisher LTD block heel pumpMarc Jacobs crossbody bagNine West drop earrings

Outfit 2: Tanming moto biker jacketKaren Kane faux wrap dressBella Vita bootieLisianthus belt buckle fedora hatMarc Jacobs crossbody bagKendra Scott drop earrings

Outfit 3: Eileen Fisher mock neck topKate Kasin pleated swing skirtBella Vita bootieTory Burch recycled nylon toteKendra Scott drop earrings

Navy blue and white

Sandra wears navy and white | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Recreate her outfit with this similar topbelted pants (plus size option here), sandals and bag.

navy and white outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Urban CoCo open front blazerVince Camuto rumpled satin blouseTommy Bahama boyfriend jeansMarc Fisher LTD block heel pumpTory Burch recycled nylon toteKendra Scott drop earrings

Outfit 2: Belle Poque lace cardiganFraiche by J wrap dressBella Vita bootieNina crystal minaudièreNine West drop earrings

Outfit 3: Design by Olivia moto biker jacketFraiche by J tie waist jumpsuitBella Vita bootieNina crystal minaudièreNine West drop earrings

Navy blue with neutrals

Suzie wears a navy and beige outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Check out this similar top, blazer, skirt, pumps, hat and necklace.

navy and neutral outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Ted Baker London wrap coatVince Camuto rumpled satin blouse – 1822 Denim pull-on bootcut jeansTory Burch recycled nylon toteBella Vita bootiegorjana gemstone necklace

Outfit 2: Urban CoCo open front blazerVince silk blouseWit & Wisdom cotton pantsMarc Fisher LTD block heel pumpTory Burch recycled nylon toteC·QUAN CHI tassel beaded necklace

Outfit 3: Karen Kane faux wrap dressZac Zac Posen strappy sandalFRAME leather crossbody walletCanvas Jewelry set of 3 beaded tacking braceletsNine West drop earrings

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.

navy blue and orange outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: COS oversized cashmere sweaterCaslon textured cotton pull-on pantsMarc Fisher LTD block heel pumpTory Burch recycled nylon toteThe Accessory Junkie earrings

Outfit 2: Urban CoCo open front blazerCOS belted kaftan d ressBella Vita espadrille wedge sandalVintga bamboo handbagC·QUAN CHI tassel beaded necklace

Outfit 3: GRACE KARIN 3/4 sleeve cardiganMissufe ruched tank dressBella Vita espadrille wedge sandalSG SUGU dome crossbody bagCanvas Jewelry set of 3 beaded tacking braceletsNine West drop earrings

Navy with blue

Kylie in a check dress and blazer | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Steal her look with this similar gingham dress, blazer and sandals.

navy and light blue outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: COS denim shirt dressNine West wedge sandalMZ Wallace pouchMe&Hz layered tassel necklace

Outfit 2: La Ligne button-up sweaterDVF print skirtChinese Laundry slide sandalTory Burch leather crossbody bag Amazon Collection teardrop earrings

Outfit 3: Halogen cap sleeve blouseCaslon textured cotton pull-on pantsMarc Fisher LTD block heel pumpSG SUGU dome crossbody bagAmazon Collection teardrop earrings

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.

navy and cream outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: GRACE KARIN 3/4 sleeve cardiganMilumia floral topCalvin Klein straight leg pantsNine West wedge sandalSG SUGU dome crossbody bagFAMARINE hoop earrings

Outfit 2: GRACE KARIN 3/4 sleeve cardiganCOS gathered midi dressNine West wedge sandalSG SUGU dome crossbody bagFAMARINE hoop earrings

Outfit 3: Grace Karin open front cardiganVince Camuto rumpled satin blouseCaslon textured cotton pull-on pantsBella Vita espadrille wedge sandalTory Burch leather crossbody bagC·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.

A navy capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

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More navy capsule inspiration

The below capsules are past season but should still give you plenty of navy outfit inspiration.

A navy capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Below is a past season capsule for even more inspiration. You can see that you can create timeless looks with navy blue.

A navy capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.

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

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