How to style navy blue 2016

Etcetera navy outfit

Yes, navy is a classic color, but some years it simply isn’t very prevalent. Not so this year…navy is everywhere and is very in style!

Some see navy as boring; however, unlike black, almost everyone looks good in navy, and it’s just as versatile. A few other advantages to navy are that it conveys importance, confidence, power, and authority as well as intelligence, stability, unity, and conservatism. Like black, it carries a sense of elegance, sophistication, making navy blue a fantastic color for a summer suit.

Lastly, navy is more unique than black! Have I made my case yet?

Even though it’s a neutral color, many women find navy a bit more difficult to style than black. Here are a few tips, tricks and ways to wear navy.

My favorite way to wear navy is with white. If this color combo feels preppy or nautical to you, keep in mind that it’s all in how you wear the pieces. Instead of reaching for tailored pieces, opt for modern, even flowy silhouettes. Consider a navy slip dress or navy and white printed kimono to wear over a white tank and jeans for your new “off duty” uniform.

Check out my Pinterest board for more casual ways to wear navy. Psst…be sure to follow me, too!

Head to toe navy is another way to wear the shade, and no your navy top and bottom don’t need to match. In fact, going with a brighter top, bordering on sapphire would be especially interesting.

For the office, a tailored navy dress can be a new workhorse. There are few colors that won’t work with the neutral! Pair it with other neutrals such as white, grey or camel for an extremely conservative environment.

Check out my Pinterest board to see more professional dress combos that include navy blue.

For subtle sophistication at work, wear your “new” neutral with pale tones such as rose quartz, robin’s egg blue or periwinkle.

If your style recipe includes “fun” and your work dress code is a bit looser, have fun with a navy and white stripes or polka dots are your answer. They just beg for a pop of bright color in your shoes! What color? Kelly green, hot pink, or lemon yellow are just a few ideas.

In terms of brights, the shades I just mentioned are just the beginning. Why not try lime green, coral, mint green, mustard, magenta, turquoise…you get the idea!

And then we have the subject of shoes, navy shoes can be a bit hard to find. So what color shoes are acceptable with navy? As I mentioned above, the brights are definitely an option.

It’s also perfectly acceptable to wear black and brown shoes with navy, although you will want to make sure the shoes you choose have a high style quotient to them to avoid looking boring and frumpy.

I also love nude with navy for a leg-lengthening look. Silver has been a standard color combo with the deep blue for years, so try gold or rose gold for an unexpected look.

If you have navy in your closet, you’ll want to pull it out. And if you don’t own any of this fabulous deep blue shade, you just may want to take a trip to the mall as soon as you can!

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