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What Compliments a Navy Blue Dress?

by Mercedes Valladares, studioD

Switch out your little black dress for a little navy dress as a different, updated styling choice. Wear this versatile dark-blue hue for daytime or evening looks. Modify your navy ensemble with accessories, footwear and handbags in complimentary colors and change the overall appearance of the deep blue frock. So, whether you wear navy as a sporty dress for daytime or a formal gown at night, get re-inspired with this color to create new year-round looks.

Evening Elegance

Create an elegant evening look by wearing a tea-length navy dress -- the length may vary between your knee and calf, which is generally 3 to 4 inches below the knee -- with matching, satin-covered mules. You can also wear a contoured, halter-style navy dress with a jeweled neckline and matching peep-toe sling-backs embellished with jeweled trim. Add a bit of sparkle to a navy cocktail dress by pairing metallic-surfaced accessories with it. Wear this fitted bodice and flared-skirt frock with shimmery silver or gold peep-toe pumps. You can also go for a lustrous sheen by wearing satin-covered electric blue sling-backs. Wear complimentary accessories, like a stylish choker and drop earrings in a metallic or crystal finish, with a shiny-surfaced clutch.

Break the Old Rules

That old rule that says you can't mix navy and black is obsolete: Ladies wearing navy frocks as part of their daytime wardrobe can dare to mix this deep blue tone with other dark colors, such as black. Pair navy dresses with black and brown accessories. Bare your legs during warm months sporting a mini frock made of clingy jersey fabric. Cinch a brown leather belt to define your waistline, and complete the look with strappy, gladiator-like heels in black. Carry a brown or black oversize leather tote with your dress. As an alternative, mix other complimentary neutral pieces in colors such as taupe, camel, and khaki, to blend with your ensemble.

Delve into Nude Hues

Since navy is the new neutral, be bold and mix this dark shade with the opposite side of the neutral palette. Delve into nude hues, pairing this light neutral shade with this dark blue tone. Play with other light-colored neutrals, blending complimentary cream, beige and summery tan footwear and accessories with your navy frocks. Wear a deep blue shift dress with nude platform pumps for a classic, royal style.

Go Mod

Bring back the '60s and sport a mod look. Press the fashion playback button and introduce yellow, red and blue primary colors into your ensemble along with color-blocked and geometric patterns. Don a navy dress with white insert panels and accessorize it with a white belt and cat-eye sunglasses with big frames. Compliment this style with mod-inspired accessories, such as a geometric-patterned, silk neck scarf or headband in yellow, white and blue hues, as well as bright yellow pumps.

About the Author

Mercedes Valladares is the founder of M721Organics and has been an independent designer for over 15 years. Her work experience commenced during college with manufacturers based in New York and Hong Kong. Her education includes LIM College, International Fine Arts College and design certification from the Paris Fashion Institute. She produces eco-crafting videos and writes recycling articles online.

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