Keisha popped this into the Suggestion Box:
Sally, you’re amazing at color pairings. A post about what accessories (shoes, jewelry, bag) to wear with a navy dress (solid navy, so no pattern mixing to give a hint!)?
Ahhh, the real question, Keisha, is which accessories WON’T go with a navy dress! Navy spent years being derided as stodgy and difficult to style, but it’s had a resurgence in popularity. And I’m thrilled. Navy has all of the darkness of black but can be far less harsh-looking on many skin tones. And instead of sucking the life out of the colors around it (as black often does), it brings them to life! Can you tell I’m a fan? OK, let’s move on.
Keisha has a solid navy dress and is hoping to accessorize it with some color. I’m guessing at the dress itself, of course, but here are a few ideas for color pairings:
Navy looks marvelous with jewel tones, so a solid navy dress would be a great platform for a berry-colored scarf, purple suede pumps, and an olive green bag. Since the bag has brass fittings, I’d suggest muted gold jewelry – a pair of pave studs and a sculptural bracelet would be fabulous.
For a more Tory Burch/J.Crew style look, go for punchy brights with your navy frock. A turquoise necklace will pop against the muted navy, and leopard pumps make everything seem sassier. (Yes, you can do navy and black, including patterns that incorporate black such as leopard.) My high school colors were blue and orange, so the combo gives me the willies … but it’s a classic complementary pairing. Even without the orange bag, this outfit will look stylish and fun.
I do pair navy with bright red on occasion, but the combo can look a bit nautical for my taste. Burgundy is a great substitute, and adding another muted bright like mustard yellow rounds out the color scheme beautifully. Add a neutral belt, silver necklace and bracelets to match the belt hardware, and amber earrings to mirror the warm, yellow flats. (You could certainly do burgundy shoes and a mustard bag instead.)
Navy is fantastic with colors, but also plays well with neutrals. Especially cognac brown, which is a major component of this mix in the form of some gorgeous boots. A black and snake-print bag presents a fabulous way to introduce black without feeling too dark, and an olive belt adds just a dash of color. Try a substantial necklace that hits above the bustline and stud earrings for balance.
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