How To Wear The Color Navy- Expanding Your Neutrals

Hello, Darlings! Today’s topic is How To Wear The Color Navy. Navy is actually a color, a neutral, that is in everyone’s seasonal color palette. There are so many shades of Navy, knowing your shade can help you when shopping.

How To Wear The Color Navy

How To Wear The Color Navy Blue

Introducing The Many Shades Of Navy

Blue is the ultimate “cool” color, but different variations of the color Navy can be a great substitute for black. Black is such a harsh color on many. If you have ever tried to buy and match Navy, you know how many different variations there are. Some of the names for Navy include French Navy, Marine Navy, Bright Navy, Soft Navy, Midnight, and Indigo.

Winter Navy

Winter’s Navy is both bright, dark, and deep. Due to the cooler nature of the color Navy, Winters can wear Navy top to bottom. For ultimate contrast, pair with any of the bold colors in the Winter Seasonal Color Palette, or bright white.

Some many shades of blue that can be considered "navy"
So many shades of blue that can be considered “Navy” makes matching navy colors difficult

If your seasonal color palette is Summer, Fall, or Spring you might want look towards the lighter brighter side of Navy. Using this color as a base or making sure you add a POP from your seasonal color palette.

Navy For A Fall Outfit Inspiration

Navy and red are true traditional pairings, but I like a deeper, bluer red. Today I have chosen to wear my Kettlewell Colours sleeveless V neck top with my Beyond Proper Travel Collection Crop Pants. Creating my favorite “column of color” as a base for my outfit. For a POP of color, I have added a long cardigan, Kettlewell Colours’ Shawl Wrap in Rumba Red.

How to wear Navy? Create a column of color and add a POP of your favorite color in your seasonal color palette.
How to wear Navy? Create a column of color and add a POP of your favorite color in your seasonal color palette.
Full Outfit Look! Longer Shawl Wrap hits below my hips/thighs, and straight front line of cardigan creates a slimmer look. Dark shoes continue the visual line making me look taller and slimmer.
Full Outfit Look! Longer Shawl Wrap hits below my hips/thighs, and straight front line of cardigan creates a slimmer look. Dark shoes continue the visual line making me look taller and slimmer.

What Color Shoes Do I Wear With Navy?

So many options for shoe choices with the color Navy. For me in the warmer months, I like to pair navy with silver metallic or nude/taupe. For the cooler months I pair Navy with black. I do have some Navy pumps that I wear with my Navy dresses, but I haven’t found Navy flats I like..yet.

These are my OTBT Jaunts, open toe platform wedges. Great comfort and give me just a wee bit more height!

I treated myself this week to a pedicure, choosing a blue/gray polish for the fall/holiday season.  Great color to go with darker color outfits.
Yes you can wear navy with black!

I treated myself this week to a pedicure, choosing a blue/gray polish for the fall/holiday season. Great color to go with darker color outfits.

Accessorizing A Navy Outfit

Because this darker, Indigo blue is so cool, I have selected my Eccentric Necklace, black leather with a silver medallion from Chicos. For this outfit, Pear-Shaped Body Types will need an additional statement necklace. Silver necklace or layered necklaces will complement the v neckline.

Silver is a great complement to Navy. Choose a medallion style necklace to complete the look.
Silver is a great complement to Navy. Choose a medallion style necklace to complete the look.

Darker Makeup For Fall Look

With the cooler months and darker colors, you need to add extra makeup for balance. Don’t want to look washed out against the deeper darker colors.

For my look I spent some extra time on my eyeshadow, adding darker colors to the outer corner of my eye. Light colors to the inner 1/3 of my lid and brow bone help brighten and lift my lids. With eye makeup, the rule of thumb is UP and OUT.

Darker makeup with bold lipstick helps to balance a darker outfit.  This is especially important if you are taking pictures or videos.
Darker makeup with bold lipstick helps to balance a darker outfit. This is especially important if you are taking pictures or videos.

This outfit was my church, OOTD (outfit of the day). I chose a deeper, bluer red, MAC Russian Red for my lips. Lipstick has been the forgotten friend during COVID. But if you are going to take pictures or do ZOOM type meetings, lipstick is a MUST. Add an additional step of using gloss for extra shine. I use MAC Mini C-Thru Lip Gloss.

I HATE MASK! But if we have to wear them, take more time to play up the eyes.  The eyes are the window to the soul.
I HATE MASK! But if we have to wear them, take more time to play up the eyes. The eyes are the window to the soul.

Again, because of COVID restrictions and mask mandates, it is a good idea to emphasis the eyes. I wiped my lipstick/gloss off before putting on the mask.

Styling Tip! Plan your outfits and lay them out the night before, including accessories.  It is a great habit to ensure you are on time and ready to go.
Styling Tip! Plan your outfits and lay them out the night before, including accessories. It is a great habit to ensure you are on time and ready to go.

Need to work on your wardrobe neutrals? Check out my post, Know Your Neutrals for more insight into additional neutral colors, not just black/white/navy.

About Nifty 50 Fabulous

Embracing and loving the life of an empty nester, I am a fashion and lifestyle blogger currently living in Birmingham, Al. I enjoy spending my time with friends and family including my sweet miniature schnauzers Gracie and Emma.

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