What Goes With Navy Shorts?

by Stacey Kole
Navy shorts look polished when paired with a white blouse and black accessories.

Navy shorts look polished when paired with a white blouse and black accessories.

Other than a pair of jeans, few things are as multi-purpose as a well-cut pair of navy blue shorts. The shade functions as a neutral, making it easy to coordinate. The versatile hue allows you to dress up your shorts with a blazer, or dress them down with fun colors and prints for maximum styling options.

Navigating Nautical

One look at a tailored pair of navy shorts and the marina starts to call. Embrace the nautical trend by paring your shorts with a variety of sailing-inspired pieces in a palette of white, red, navy and gold. Try wearing navy shorts with a simple white-and-red-striped boatneck shirt and gold ballet flats, or opt for a red sweater with a white collar peeking out and rolled up sleeves. Finish this look with tan espadrille-style wedges or a T-strap sandal and an oversized navy canvas tote bag.

Nice in Neutrals

Navy takes on a sophisticated vibe when worn with neutral pieces. Try a simple white T-shirt, a long-sleeved ivory peasant blouse or a sheer, fitted beige shirt with neutral ballet flats or a chunky wood heel. Or, break conventional style rules by wearing your choice of a black tank, silky V-neck top or button-down blouse with metallic accessories. Black and navy together is an on-trend look when the navy is light enough to contrast and not blend. For the best of both worlds, wear navy shorts, a white cami and a fitted black blazer. Finish the look with pointed-toe leather wedges or black booties.

Chic Chambray

The denim-on-denim look gets a slight twist by pairing a sleek pair of navy shorts with a button-down, light-blue shirt. Roll up the sleeves, tuck in the top and add a neutral-hued belt and pair of. Then, pile on the jewelry -- an armful of colorful bangles pops against the all-blue background. For a variation on this look, opt for a white tank under. Leave the chambray layer on top unbuttoned to show off a funky Y-shaped necklace.

Cool Colors, Pretty Prints

Because the color functions as a neutral, navy bottoms beautifully offset a variety of prints. Try vibrant plaids, soft florals or intense tribal patterns -- just be sure to keep your footwear and accessories neutral. Similarly, wearing navy shorts with a bright color on top -- think orange or fuchsia -- is a striking look, but requires the introduction of a tan belt and shoes or a white or black blazer to help keep the appearance balanced.

About the Author

Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.

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