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Navy is the New Neutral: 6+ Easy Ways to Style Navy

February 10, 2020 5 min read 1 Comment

Is Navy a Neutral?

When you think of neural colours, the usual suspects probably pop into your head - from black and white to grey and brown, to every shade in between. Today, we'd like to introduce you to neutral coloured clothing’s newest member: Navy.

 

Referred to sometimes as navy blue or dark blue, we’re fans of all forms of navy coloured clothing. Our case for navy as a neutral is simple - it’s an unexpected alternative, is visually pleasing, and pairs well with everything. Don’t believe us? Take a look as to why navy is a neutral staple and read on further to see what colours go with navy and gain some navy outfit ideas for year round styling. 

 

Why We Love Navy as a Neutral

Our love for neutral coloured clothing runs deep and navy is no exception. Neutral clothing presents so many styling options, making your wardrobe versatile, timeless and elegant. 

 

Wearing navy as neutral coloured clothing is more fun than the traditional black or white options. This new neutral clothing item is softer on the eyes than black and if you’ve ever wondered if navy blue and black match you’re in luck - they pair perfectly for a chic style.

 

Navy clothing items can be dressed up or down based on colour pairing and accessories, and adding navy to any outfit creates a polished look. Not to mention, navy looks good on everyone and can be more flattering than black as it’s not as harsh of a colour.

The versatility that navy brings to your wardrobe as neutral coloured clothing is unmatched. All different shades of navy pair well as neutral coloured clothing and purchasing navy items is always a good idea if you’re looking for more sustainable clothing optionsto contribute to your capsule wardrobe since the colour isn’t tied to a specific season. No more need to wonder what colours go with navy blue as it will complement virtually every colour in your wardrobe.

 

Navy blue Chrysalis Cardi with stripped shirt

 

Colours That Go With Navy Blue

Looking for colours that go with navy blue? Luckily you don’t have to go very far as we’ve compiled a list to help plan your navy outfit ideas and spoiler: navy really does go with every and any pattern or colour. 

 

Classic Neutrals

Neutral coloured clothes are a staple in any wardrobe. You’ve heard of the classic black and white combo, maybe you’ve even paired black and white with grey for a bit of contrast. Well, get ready to be pairing navy with all your favourite neutral coloured clothing. From black, white, grey, cream beige and even wheat, navy is there for those days when you’re just not sure what to wear.

 

Bold Colours

Mastered neutrals and looking to add a little spice to your wardrobe? Wear bold colours that pop to compliment navy’s deep tones. Try pairing navy with yellow or orange for a summery look, green or burgundy to stand out or opt for red and pink for a pretty contrast.

 

Pretty Patterns

Patterns can be difficult to style. Some are too busy while others have so many colours incorporated within it’s hard to know what might clash. If you’re just getting started with patterns - or you’re a seasoned pro looking to mix it up, try pairing them with navy. Have a cute but busy looking top? Navy pants to the rescue. Patterned skirt or leggings? Navy sweaters are there for your styling.

 

Master the Monochrome

Monochrome looks are powerful, they invoke confidence and are easy to style. If you’re wondering what colours go with navy blue, any shade of blue will match! Pair a dark navy cardigan with a light blue dress or a dark navy top with denim shorts.

 

Metallic Moments

Metallics create a bold look and can be used to accessorize an outfit. Pair navy with gold, silver, copper or brass to dress up your style.

 

Navy Outfit Ideas

To help you get started with styling navy, we’ve put together 7 different navy outfit ideas inspired by some of our favourite pieces.

 

 Styling Navy Outfit Ideas

 

1. Navy blue dress styling

The All Day Work Dress styled with black booties and dress shirt

Starting with a classic navy blue dress is the easiest way to incorporate navy outfits into your wardrobe. Begin with a versatile navy blue dress like The Chrysalis Cardi or opt to dress up your look with The All Day Work Dress as seen above and pair it with a neutral shirt for some contrast. Wondering what colour shoes to wear with navy dresses? Keep a classic look with black or stand out with red flats.

 

2. Bottoms that work

The Comfy Wide Leg Pants styled with white blouse

Swap navy Comfy Wide Leg Pants in replacement of your usual black trousers for any easy twist on your usual work attire. Wide legged, high waisted pants are a universally flattering silhouette. Paired with funky loafers and a drapey blouse for an effortless navy and white outfit.

 

3. Blue hues

Navy blue t-shirt styled with cropped white wide leg pants
Photo credit: @hersimplesole

Don’t have a dark navy blue item in your wardrobe but looking to mix up your colour pairings? Style a blue t-shirt with a neutral coloured pair of pants for an effortlessly chic look. If you’re feeling adventurous, mix up the bottoms with a vibrant colour or patterned pants.

 

4. Top it off with navy

Navy blue dress styled with jean jacket

Top off your wardrobe with a blue top for a sleek style. Pair your favourite navy dress with a blue jacket or cardigan depending on the event, creating a look that can be dressed up or down.

 

5. Dressed down with denim

The Dressy Sweatpant styled with jean jacket

A denim jacket is the way to go for a subtle monochrome look. Since these shades fall on the same side of the colour wheel, they’ll always go together. Pair your navy pants with a denim jacket, colourful t-shirt and white sneakers for a cool and casual weekend outfit.

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6. Navy jumpsuit Navy blue Comfy Jumpsuit styled with beanie and trench coat

A jumpsuit is the easiest way to make a complete and stylish outfit. The navy colour is flattering, and an interesting way to switch up the “all-black” uniform we often fall into. Pair The Comfy Jumpsuit with a neutral coloured purse and add metallic jewelry to polish off your outfit.

 

7. Accessorize!  

The Chrysalis Cardi styled as a scarf with stripped blouse
 

Accessories can dress up or down an outfit. Try pairing a navy scarf or cardigan like The Chrysalis Cardi, to accent your outfit and add some extra warmth and texture.

 

Tips for Wearing Navy as a Neutral 

Similar to black, Navy is a rich colour with tons of pigment. To keep your wardrobe looking fresh year round, we suggest washing your navy outfits in cold water on a gentle cycle, washing them inside out and having them air dry on a hanger or hanging rack. If you’re ever unsure how to care for your newest neutral staple (or any clothing item for that matter), follow the garment care directions on the label.

 

Are you new to navy or a longtime supporter of the wardrobe neutral? Comment below to let us know what your favourite colours are that go with navy blue and how you plan to style your next navy outfit.

 

 

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1 Response

Ana
Ana

August 09, 2018

Your model is gorgeous, and I’m pleased to see curves. Alas, I wouldn’t wear the culotte style pants myself. Do you have a forum whereby registered followers can post wardrobe suggestions for your creative department (other than on Facebook)? Thanks.

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