A navy jacket and white jeans outfit - une femme d'un certain âge

A modern classic look in navy and (off) white

Navy jacket and white jeans outfit: Susan B. wears a peacoat and v-neck sweater, off-white jeans, brown boots, and carries a brown leather bag.

This navy jacket and white jeans outfit was actually inspired by a “street style” look from Paris Fashion Week. No, really! 😆 It was an image of Jeane Damas in white jeans and what looked like either a navy peacoat or cape. She managed to swerve the look 180 degrees away from yacht-club territory 🧐 with a killer pair of snake print boots, and a Dior logo saddle bag. And her signature red lipstick, of course! (The image I saw doesn’t appear in her Instagram feed, and I’m unable to find who owns it so can’t post it here.)

earrings (similar) | bandana | jacket (similar) | sweater | bracelet (similar) | jeans | boots (similar)

De-yachting a navy and white outfit

To me, this outfit is a great reminder that you don’t have to re-invent the wheel every day. A navy jacket and white (or off-white) jeans is an iconic classic combo. But you can use accessories to keep it fresh and modern, and to personalize the look. I opted here for some funky platform booties, a color-blocked bag in a modern shape, and a casual bandana instead of a classic silk scarf.

Susan B. wears a print bandana, navy peacoat in velveteen, a v-neck cashmere sweater, and white jeans.

Rolling up the cuffs or pushing up the sleeves is another way to make the look a little more laid-back. I also chopped off the hem of the jeans, and left unfinished. Both the jeans and sweater are from my January wardrobe capsule. The jacket was purchased in Milan last fall, also shown here: A no-brainer look with a navy peacoat.

Working from a navy and ivory wardrobe capsule for the month of January has been a valuable style exercise! I’ll share some of my conclusions and take-aways next week.

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28 Comments

  1. January 28, 2022 / 4:44 am

    Love this look! I have to say I’ve enjoyed and learned a lot from your January capsule wardrobe ideas. The paring down of colours for the basics allows one to focus on other features of the look.
    This navy pea oat is a winner.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:04 am

      Thanks very much, Karen!

  2. Eve
    January 28, 2022 / 4:59 am

    Love the bandana touch. Look great in your hair too.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:03 am

      Thanks, Eve!

  3. June
    January 28, 2022 / 6:03 am

    Susan…Is there a discount code at Brian’s website? I went to order but there was nothing about 14% off.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 28, 2022 / 7:20 am

      I’m checking with him, will update when I have an answer back.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 28, 2022 / 8:11 am

      Hi June, OK, it should be fixed now (was a glitch). You’ll need to empty your cart and re-add the items for the discount to apply.

      • June
        January 28, 2022 / 8:33 am

        Thank you Susan!

  4. Holly Beaver
    January 28, 2022 / 6:42 am

    I really like your January navy capsule, especially putting looks together for your readers. BTW-did you end up keeping the green coatigan from Ann Taylor? Mine arrived yesterday but it’s a little long on me so I’m still debating whether to keep it or not.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:03 am

      Hi Holly, thanks, and yes I’m keeping it!

  5. Nanette
    January 28, 2022 / 7:32 am

    Hi Susan. What did you think of the Quince cashmere sweaters? I ordered the navy and off-white and think they’re quite nice for the price.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 28, 2022 / 7:33 am

      I agree! While they don’t have the “heft” of a Bompard cashmere sweater, they’re soft and great for everyday wear. I’ve washed this one a couple of times and it holds its shape well.

    • Judi
      January 30, 2022 / 4:55 am

      I like the Quince sweaters but only kept the dark one. The Ivory I felt looked thin. You can see the bra so would need a cami.

  6. Deb in Georgia
    January 28, 2022 / 7:42 am

    What a great outfit! I have really enjoyed the January capsule…helped me to think about how to put together outfits using your guidance. Cannot wait for the February capsule!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:02 am

      Thanks very much, Deb!

  7. Kathy
    January 28, 2022 / 8:48 am

    I so enjoyed your capsule wardrobe this month. It has given me an entire new way of organizing my wardrobe. I am looking forward to your next one! I love navy, especially with white! Classic forever!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:02 am

      Thank you, Kathy!

  8. Julia
    January 28, 2022 / 9:32 am

    Great look Susan!

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:01 am

      Thanks, Julia!

  9. margiemi
    January 28, 2022 / 10:10 am

    Susan,

    Do you worry about your navies not being the same hue? Some navies are more black and some are more blue. The two today look like they match.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 28, 2022 / 10:26 am

      Hi margiemi, yes, I try not to place two navies together if they aren’t close in color. Both the sweater and jacket match the “Bright Navy” in my Spring palette. I don’t worry to much if a navy in a print isn’t an exact match for a solid piece. (See How to style navy pants in a casual outfit for an example.

  10. January 28, 2022 / 4:52 pm

    Hi Susan,

    I liked the way you de-yachtified the navy look.

    Some of it is indeed very High Street.

    Hope the year of the Water Tiger will be good to and for you.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:01 am

      Thanks very much!

  11. January 29, 2022 / 12:56 am

    You nailed it. I love this. And you inspire me as I just bought a fitted navy jacket. I will try it with white jeans and find out what suits my bodyshape, paying extra attention to footwear. I could have done with a few more photos but OK I get what you did. The jacket is fantastic on you. I like it more in this combination than on your jeans in the previous styling. But I don’t know why.
    Adding the scarf, even though you call it a bandana, was a risky move as it is so close to the classic scarf, but you did well, it looks perfect with the outfit.
    Greetje

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 7:01 am

      Thanks, Greetje! I’ll get more photos next time 😉

  12. Ann Griffin
    January 29, 2022 / 11:33 am

    What size is your Lowes bag? It looks perfect.

    • Susan Blakey
      Author
      January 29, 2022 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks! It’s the Small puzzle bag.

  13. Blyma Wolpin
    January 30, 2022 / 8:55 pm

    This is a great look! It’s amazing how the small details absolutely ‘de-nauticalize’ this classic color combo. Those boots are not for me but you surely are rocking them. Thanks for the reminder about navy: it becomes increasingly clear that black is no longer my friend when it comes to clothing. Difficult habit to shake, after growing up in NY and having my formative professional years built on ‘the more black the better’ school of clothing.

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