Navy is the one neutral it took me a long time to warm up to. It always felt just a little too corporate, conservative, and well, stodgy. Figuring out what to wear with navy was a big part of my hesitation too. There were so many old “rules” still bouncing around in my head. “Never wear navy with brown or warm colors.” “Never wear navy with black.” (Ha! Tell that to Yves Saint Laurent…)
Really though, navy can pair with just about any other color, depending on your coloring and preferences. What’s more difficult is pairing navy with navy, so here I’ve opted for a casual navy stripe. The pants and sweater are from my January capsule.
👉 One tip for wearing navy pants in a more casual outfit is to style them as you would a pair of dark wash jeans, which is what I’ve done here.
The relaxed fit and softness of the brown sweater blazer also helps to shift the this look away from “corporate.” This one (J.Crew) is from last fall. This color is no longer available in the same style, though several colors still are. Here’s another similar one (on sale!).
Maybe you still have some navy separates from a prior office wardrobe, and are deciding whether to keep them. Try mixing them with more casual and less structured pieces…you might be surprised! A navy blazer can work brilliantly with jeans and a tee, for example. Add some fun brooches, roll up the sleeves…
Here’s how the sweater looks on its own.
Do you regularly wear navy pieces?