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

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 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

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 black for a French-chic feel.

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.

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

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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.

Navy top

Every woman needs a great sweater to stay warm as the weather starts to cool. The Madewell sweater (below) features a stylish knot at the front. It would also look great with your white jeans for that transitional period between summer and fall.

Madewell front knot jacquard top | 40plusstyle.com

Madewell front knot jacquard top

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.

Sam Edelman belted trench coat | 40plusstyle.com

Sam Edelman belted trench coat

Navy blazer

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

J.Crew stretch blazer | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew stretch blazer

Navy pants

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

J.Crew crepe pants | 40plusstyle.com

J.Crew crepe pants

Navy blue dress

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

Tahari sheath dress | 40plusstyle.com

Tahari sheath dress

Navy skirt

A navy pencil skirt is another classic that will never date. Wear to the office with a blouse and pumps, for a night out with a camisole and heels or dress down with a t-shirt and sneakers.

Halogen ponte pencil skirt | 40plusstyle.com

Halogen ponte pencil skirt

Navy shoes

A pair of navy sandals would look beautiful for summer, or for a night out. The ankle strap sandals (below) are on-trend as well as being comfortable to walk in as they have a wide block heel.

Splendid ankle strap sandal | 40plusstyle.com

Splendid ankle strap sandal

Navy handbag

What could be more timeless than a classic hobo bag in a classic shade of navy?

Ted Baker London leather hobo bag | 40plusstyle.com

Ted Baker London leather hobo 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

Nordstrom satin chiffon scarfEalafee wide brim fedoraHalogen buckle beltLily Pultizer square sunglassesTory Burch double wrap logo braceletTory Burch bracelet watchGrace Jun teardrop earringsGem Stone King pendant necklace

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

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

navy and black outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit1: Lyssê shirtNordstrom faux leather leggingsSole Society convertible clutchSplendid ankle strap sandalKendra Scott multistrand necklace

Outfit 2: Cole Haan wrap wrap coatTahari sheath dressKate Spade New York leather toteMarc Fisher LTD pumpKendra Scott multistrand necklace

Outfit 3: Halogen v-back topLoveappella wide leg crop pantsNaturalizer slingback sandalKate Spade New York leather toteKate Spade New York sunglassesUncommon James by Kristin Cavallari layered necklace

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 (above) opts for a chic nautical style and adds a pop of red.

Recreate her outfit with this similar top, belted pants, sandals and bag.

navy and white outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Rebecca Taylor floral & dot drape topSTS Blue high waist crop wide leg jeansAGL ankle strap sandalKate Spade New York leather toteBaubleBar hoop earrings

Outfit 2: Gibson notch collar blazerAdelyn Rae crop jumpsuitCharles David wedge sandalNordstrom crystal mesh bar clutchGrace Jun teardrop earrings

Outfit 3: Halogen stripe sweaterFRAME skinny jeansBueno slingback sandalTed Baker London leather hobo bagGrace Jun teardrop earrings

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

Photos (above) by Denton Taylor

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 (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: Vince silk boxy topWit & Wisdom jeggingsHush Puppies pumpTory Burch leather wallet on a chainBocar chunky statement necklace

Outfit 2: Caslon drape knit blazerNordstrom signature silk topLove, Fire print midi skirtSplendid ankle strap sandalTory Burch leather wallet on a chainBocar long statement necklace

Outfit 3: Sarin Mathews tunic top1822 Denim jeggingsTed Baker London leather hobo bagBueno slingback sandalHalogen layered necklace

Navy blue and orange

Katie wears a navy and orange outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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.

Katie (above) matches her orange coat to the orange polka dots on her navy jumpsuit.

Check out this jumpsuit from Tahari that you can wear with this similar coat, booties and sunglasses.

navy blue and orange outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Madewell front knot jacquard topSam Edelman notched collar coatWit & Wisdom bootcut jeansBella Vita bootieTed Baker London leather hobo bagBaubleBar chain collar necklace

Outfit 2: Vince silk blouseHalogen a-line skirtCharles David wedge sandalLongchamp toteGrace Jun teardrop earrings

Outfit 3: Caslon drape knit blazerJulia Jordan midi dressTory Burch leather wallet on a chainNaturalizer slingback sandal

Navy with blue

How to wear navy: Color palettes and styles to choose from | 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!

Oxana (above) wears an on-trend navy crop jacket with her pale blue summer dress.

Get her look with this similar dress, blazer, sandals, hat, handbag, necklace, earrings and sunglasses.

navy and light blue outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: J.Crew crepe blazerFrank & Eileen button-up shirtWit & Wisdom bootcut jeansBella Vita stretch bootieTed Baker London leather hobo bagBaubleBar hoop earrings

Outfit 2: Karen Kane satin split neck blouseNili Lotan slim crop pantsSperry platform sneakerLongchamp crossbody bagBaubleBar hoop earrings

Outfit 3: Caslon drape knit blazerTheory rib neck silk shellVERO MODA midi skirtAGL ankle strap sandalLongchamp crossbody bagGrace Jun teardrop earrings

How to wear navy blue: with cream

Katharina wears a navy and cream outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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

Katharina (above) wears her navy dress with a cream cardigan.

Steal her look with this similar dress, cardigan, pumps and crossbody bag.

navy and cream outfit ideas | 40plusstyle.com

Outfit 1: Caslon t-shirtCaslon drape collar knit blazerTory Sport leggingsMephisto sneaker Longchamp travel bag

Outfit 2: Caslon turtleneck sweaterRebecca Taylor leather pantsBella Vita stretch bootieTed Baker London leather hobo bagGrace Jun teardrop earrings

Outfit 3: Leith long cardiganVince Camuto teeJEN7 by 7 For All Mankind skinny jeansVince low top sneakerLongchamp crossbody bagHalogen layered necklace

A navy capsule wardrobe | 40plusstyle.com

More navy capsule inspiration

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.

How to wear navy blue: more navy outfit inspiration

Take a look at the outfits below for even more ways to wear your navy.

Deborah wears a navy dress with black accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Deborah (above) wears her navy with black shoes and accessories.

Recreate her look with this similar dress, necklace and earrings and wear it with a pair of Birkenstock sandals.

Greetje wears a navy and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

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

Recreate her look with this similar blouse, chiffon skirt and pumps.

Nadine wears navy and green | 40plusstyle.com

Nadine (above) shows off another beautiful color combination – navy and emerald green.

Check out this similar jacket, jeans, sweater, blue shirt, flats, handbag, necklace, fedora and sunglasses.

Tanasha wears navy, white and red | 40plusstyle.com

Tanasha (above) opts for a very classic color combination of navy, white and red.

Check out this similar navy polka dot dress, shirt, handbag and earrings.

Beth wears a casual navy and white outfit | 40plusstyle.com

Beth (above) wears her navy casually with white.

Recreate her outfit with this similar sweater, jogger pants, denim jacket and sneakers.

Sabina wears navy with tan accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Sabina (above) chooses tan shoes and a pale pink blouse with her navy cropped pants.

Check out this blouse that you can wear with this similar pair of wide leg pants, pumps, crossbody bag and sunglasses.

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.

wearing navy blue with neutral accessories | 40plusstyle.com

Gisele (above) wears her navy with tan accessories.

Complete her look with this similar dress, belt, handbag and pumps.

Jacqueline wears pale blue with navy and leopard print shoes | 40plusstyle.com

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

Recreate her outfit with this similar dress, blazer and flats.

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

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