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
Similar cropped top (here and here), pants (here and here), sneakers, sling bag, hoop earrings and sunglasses
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
Molly Goddard – Erdem – Koché
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 this Fall decided to go top-to-toe navy or to team navy with black.
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.
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.
Kimba @kimbalikes above wears her navy top with check pants.
Steal her look with this similar top (another option here), pants, sandals, necklace and headband.
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
Everyone should have a blazer in their closet, and this navy blue style is an absolute classic.
Karen @styledbykaren above teams her navy blazer with her jeans and nude pumps.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top, blazer, skinny jeans, pumps and sunglasses.
A long cardigan is great for adding not just warmth but also long, lean, flattering lines.
Nancy @nancysstyle above (read her style interview here) layers her navy cardigan over her navy sweater dress, and wears with tan neutrals.
Steal her look with this similar dress, cardigan, boots, handbag and necklace.
Halogen Open Front Pocket Cardigan
Similar printed top (plain option), pants (here and here), jacket, sneakers and sunglasses
Rather than opting for black pants next time you choose a pair, how about navy blue? They’re just as versatile.
Karen Millen Compact Bi Stretch Slim Leg Trouser
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.
Nikki @midlifechic above opts for a navy midi dress and adds casual style with her sneakers.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top, wide leg pants, sneakers, woven tote and necklace.
You could opt for high-low dressing by teaming the navy blue skirt (below) with a t-shirt and sneakers or wear for a more formal dinner or event.
Kate Kasin Wrap Front Pencil Skirt
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. You can also think about navy loafers and classic pumps.
mysoft Ballet Wedding Flat – Franco Sarto Carolynn Loafer – Calvin Klein Gabrianna Pump – Bella Vita Chelsea Boot
A navy bag should go with all the things in your wardrobe that a black bag could be worn with.
Yvonne @funkyforty above (read her style interview here) mixes navy with black.
Get her look with this similar shirt, pants, pumps, handbag and sunglasses.
Longchamp Medium Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote
Other navy blue accessories
As well as a classic navy handbag, you could think about adding other beautiful navy accessories to your closet.
Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – DELUXITY Crossbody Bag with Tassel – expouch Pleated Satin Clutch – Lisianthus Belt Buckle Fedora Hat – QBSM Pashmina Scarf – BOCAR Acrylic Necklace – Chryvva Teardrop Wooden Earrings – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings – Lands’ End Classic Leather Belt – Tory Burch 52mm Rectangular Sunglasses
Colors that go with navy
Fly London sandals, similar jumpsuit, topper, crossbody bag, necklace, hat and sunglasses
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
navy with green
Wearing navy with green is a particularly modern way to wear your dark blue right now, given that this shade of green is so on trend. Choose a shade of emerald or lime green that will contrast well with your navy.
If you already have a navy dress, you could update your outfit with green accessories. Or you could add a green jacket or sweater to navy pants.
Outfit 1:MANGO Button-Up Sweatshirt – NYDJ High/Low Crepe Blouse – Karen Millen Darted Waist Wide Leg Pants – Naturalizer Samantha Flat – SINBONO handbag – Weinuo Hoop Earrings
Outfit 2: Cinq á Sept Mckenna Long Sleeve Midi Dress – J.Renée Phoebie Pointed Toe Pump – SINBONO Shoulder Bag – Ross-Simons Jade Drop Earrings
Outfit 3: Karen Millen Chiffon Sleeve Zip Neck Bandage Top – Karen Millen Boucle Kickflare Trouser – Bella Vita Bindi Bootie – Longchamp Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote – Weinuo Hoop Earrings
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.
Sharryn @thestylishwoman (read her style interview here) wears her tiered navy dres with black shoes and accessories.
Get her look with this similar maxi dress (another option here), sandals, clutch, earrings and headband.
Outfit1: La Ligne Franca Belted Cotton Shirtdress – Zella High Waist Studio Lite Pocket 7/8 Leggings – Paul Green Leilani Peep Toe Sandal – Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 2: Vince Band Collar Silk Blouse – Cinq à Sept Kris Wide Leg Crop Pants – Paul Green Leilani Peep Toe Sandal – Tory Burch Perry Bombé Mini Bag – BOCAR Acrylic Necklace – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 3: Nordstrom Cinched Waist Blazer – The Drop Natalie Lace Trimmed Camisole – PAIGE Laurel Canyon High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Calvin Klein Gabrianna Pump – Tory Burch Perry Bombé Mini Bag – Knotty Front/Back Drop 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.
Outfit 1: Urban CoCo Open Front Blazer – DOUBLJU Womens Surplice Wrap Top – Gloria Vanderbilt Mandie Signature Jeans – mysoft Ballet Wedding Flat – expouch Pleated Satin Clutch – BOCAR Acrylic Necklace
Outfit 2: NYDJ Frayed Denim Jacket – Vince Classic Stripe Side Tie Dress – Chinese Laundry Bunny Canvas Combat Boot – Longchamp Medium Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 3: Ted Baker London Trisca Boxy Cargo Crop Jacket – Vince Band Collar Silk Blouse – PAIGE Laurel Canyon High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Bella Vita Chelsea Boot – Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – BONALUNA Tassel Dangle Earrings
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.
Suzanne @asksuzannebell (read her style interview here) wears her white shirt with a navy print maxi skirt.
Check out this similar top, shirt, maxi skirt, sandals, tote and sunglasses.
Outfit 1: LARACE V-Neck Tunic Top – Wit & Wisdom ‘Ab’Solution High Waist Ankle Skinny Pants – Keds Champion Canvas Sneaker – Longchamp Medium Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote – Chryvva Teardrop Wooden Earrings
Outfit 2: Caslon Drape Collar Knit Blazer – Fraiche by J High/Low Faux Wrap Dress – DREAM PAIRS Elastica Wedge Sandal – DELUXITY Crossbody Bag with Tassel – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 3: Halogen Open Front Pocket Cardigan – Halogen Square Neck Tank – Karen Kane Piper Skinny Ankle Pants – mysoft Ballet Wedding Flat – Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – QBSM Pashmina Scarf
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 wears a classic look that mixes navy and beige.
Steal her look with this similar shirt, blazer, pants, pumps and earrings.
Outfit 1: M.M.LaFleur Woolf 3.0 Open Front Knit Jacket – St. John Collection Slub Float Knit Dress – Bella Vita Chelsea Boot – Longchamp Medium Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 2: Cinq à Sept Khloe Ruched Sleeve Blazer – Loveappella Cross Drape Sleeveless Top – PAIGE Laurel Canyon High Waist Bootcut Jeans – Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – Calvin Klein Gabrianna Pump – Chryvva Teardrop Wooden Earrings
Outfit 3: Karen Millen Italian Wool Funnel Collar Cape Coat – AUHEGN Long Sleeve Turtleneck Top – Kate Kasin Pleated A-Line Swing Skirt – Ermonn Suede Knee High Boot – DELUXITY Crossbody Bag with Tassel – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop 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.
Outfit 1: Karen Kane Faux Wrap Dress – YDN Kitten Heel Pump – expouch Pleated Satin Clutch – GUOXIAOMEI Petal Drop Acrylic Earrings
Outfit 2: Halogen Twist Detail Sleeveless Top – Madewell 10-Inch High Rise Skinny Jeans – Bella Vita Chelsea Boot – Longchamp Medium Le Pliage City Shoulder Tote – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 3: Caslon Drape Collar Knit Blazer – Treasure & Bond Pointelle Cotton Midi Dress – Calvin Klein Gabrianna Pump – expouch Pleated Satin Clutch – GUOXIAOMEI Petal Drop Acrylic 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 aren’t just for men to wear to work! It’s a combination that looks equally classy for women too!
Josephine @chicatanyage above (read her style interview here) mixes her blues, pulling the look together with a blue beaded necklace.
Recreate her outfit with this similar top (another similar here), wide leg pants, sneakers and necklace.
Outfit 1: Locachy Denim Jacket – Fraiche by J Flutter Sleeve Jersey Maxi Dress – DREAM PAIRS Elastica Wedge Sandal – DELUXITY Crossbody Bag with Tassel – Chryvva Teardrop Wooden Earrings
Outfit 2: Wantdo Waterproof Double Breasted Trench Coat – River Island Lace Trim Cotton Peplum Knit Top – Madewell 10-Inch High Rise Skinny Jeans – mysoft Ballet Wedding Flat – Wrangler Leather Hobo Bag – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
Outfit 3: Karen Millen Military Bandage Short Knitted Jacket – TAHARI ASL Faux Wrap Sheath Dress – expouch Pleated Satin Clutch – DREAM PAIRS Moda Pump – JULIETTE COLLECTION Huggie Hoop Earrings
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.
shop SOME OF THE items above here:
More navy capsule inspiration
The below capsule is past season but should still give you plenty of navy outfit inspiration.
Read our ultimate guide to creating a capsule wardrobe that works best for you.
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Thank you so much for the feature! I personally love navy and think its such a chic color and a great replacement for black, if you get tired of wearing black. It practically works with all colors just like black does.
I LOVE Navy! I’ve paired it with a bright, crisp green or a turquoise top. I like vibrant colors with navy. What do you suggest for someone who can no longer wear sweaters or long sleeves? I love so many of the tops, blazers and sweaters…but, am not able to wear them. Please suggest!
My favorites for navy are Navy and lavender (really play off each other beautifully), navy & lt. gray heather, & of course navy & red.
In the Crisp and clean, navy and white is an incredibly chic combination.(navy and white striped dress with black knit coat) is she wearing black stockings and black shoes with it? Hard to tell.
Another very lively combo is navy with a bright turquoise!! Oh I love how they play off each other!!
I am busy making a navy beaded lace with bright turquoise satin formal gown and i think the 2 colours compliment each other very well.
I love many versions of blue including navy, but recently I have observed that dark navy can look just as harsh as black and I need to add a scarf or necklace to lift the color near my face. And, I am a dark haired brunette with silver/white tones appearing in my natural hair color.
Great article. Many thanks. Navy is my overall favorite. Lovely combinations ! Dutch greets, Marga
Again, I totally agree. Recently I discovered blue with camel. I never buy anything camel but that changed with a pair of paper bag trousers. Orange and navy? Oh yes, very nice combination, just like navy with green, yellow, musters, red and of course white and cream. Very versatile colour,
And thanks for featuring me .