Daily Archives: January 9, 2013

You Pick Wednesday: What do I wear with navy?

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter · You Pick Wednesday

Recently Kelsey commented and asked:




Two years ago I hated navy.  I owned exactly one navy top and I wore it the same way every single time: with white and navy pinstriped shorts.  But then I was in Old Navy (pun not intended) and fell in love with a navy striped top.  Then I bought a navy and white polka dotted top.  And suddenly navy was invading my closet!  But Kelsey’s question is a good one.  What DO you wear with navy?

She informed me she was especially struggling with two tops from The Limited.


limited-cardigan  limited-boatneck-top

Merino V-Neck Cardigan            Button-Detail Boatneck Top

I took these two tops and made several outfits for Kelsey.  I tried to use as many items from The Limited as possible since I know that’s her favorite store.

Navy top with green pants and blazer

Jacket | Pants | NecklaceShoes

Navy top with plaid and white jeans

Necklace | Plaid Shirt | Jeans | Boots | Bracelet

Navy cardigan with brown pencil skirt and tie blouse

Shirt | Skirt | Earrings | Bracelet | Shoes | Tights

Navy cardigan with yellow scarf and black leggings

Scarf I Leggings | Boots | Tank

As you can see, I mostly stuck with using other neutrals.  Because, well, navy IS a neutral color.  Which means that is can go with just about any other neutral.  Including black!  Yes, I know, gasp.  The key is to make it look intentional so the navy and the black should be different enough that you can tell they are different.  Otherwise it looks like you got dressed in the dark.

Want to branch out and wear navy with a bit more color?  Here are some fun navy and color combinations:


And, yes, you can wear navy with jeans.  Just make sure like with black that the colors are different enough that it doesn’t look like a uniform.

Finally, because it’s Wednesday and that also mean’s it’s Marionberry’s Trend of the Month Style Challenge.  So I decided to incorporate Kelsey’s question about navy and this month’s stripes trend and show you how I wear them both together!


navy-stripes-burgundy-pants (1)

navy-stripes-burgundy-pants (2)navy-stripes-burgundy-pants (3)

Striped shirt – Old Navy (similar) | Polka dot top – Gap (similar)| Pants – Target | Shoes – Bandolino | Necklace – J. Crew via Poshmark (similar)

I love the sheer stripes on this top since that allows them to take on the pattern or color of whatever you wear underneath.  Stripes are already so versatile and this top is even more so!

Now, go forth and wear your navy or your stripes!  And, remember, if you have style questions send ‘em to looplooks@gmail.com to have them answered in an upcoming You Pick Wednesday!