NAVY-GATING NAVY! | A JOURNEY IN FOUR PARTS

Navy Blue has been a classic for centuries. The origin of this color’s name was first coined in 1748 from British Royal Navy and has been evolving ever since. It was the color first worn by officers and subsequently has been adapted to uniforms of sailors all around the world.

Navy Blue is one of those colors, which transcends socioeconomic backgrounds, professions, and cultures. Navy Blue can be worn both casually and formally and its range spans from business suiting to jeans to an evening gown and yet remains timeless. For this reason and many others, I love Navy Blue. It is a color, which I consider one of the most versatile and seasonless. Navy Blue easily goes with any other color, as well as, all the hues in its’ own family of Blue. Navy Blue can easily be incorporated in a small way through Accessories & Footwear or a larger way through Clothing.

Let’s set sail as I Navy-gate you through Navy.

There are four Parts to NAVY-GATING Navy: 

Part One: The Maiden Voyage! Shoes and Accessories
Part Two: Due North! Navy Tops
Part Three:Due South! Pants and Skirts
Part Four: “Dress Blues”! Dresses & Jumpsuits 

 

Part One: The Maiden Voyage! Shoes and Accessories

 

If you’re taking a maiden voyage with Navy Blue, I suggest you start out in a small way; you can do this by either adding Footwear or Accessories to your wardrobe. If you have no Navy Blue whatsoever, except a pair of jeans—and most everyone owns a pair of jeans, which are Navy Blue, then start there. If you are a seasoned Navy Blue wearer then these are great additions to your collection.

Let’s set sail South of the knee with shoes!

For a more casual daytime look, the Ancient Greek Sandals Clio Gladiator Sandals, the Chloé Wedge Sandals or Proenza Schouler Suede Grommet Ankle-Strap Sandals are all fabulous and different heal heights and styles. If your outfit is a suit or a dressier outfit, then the Christian Louboutin Victorina Flame Suede Pump in Night or the Charlotte Olympia Dolly Karung Pumps are great choices.  If you prefer a platform, then buy the Paul Andrew Stanton Platform Sandals or the Jimmy Choo ‘Kaytrin’ Sandals.

Navy Blue Accessories can paired with most any color out there and add an interesting, eye catching and sometimes-unexpected dash of color to an outfit.

Let’s start with Handbags, as what woman isn’t waiting for an opportunity to buy a new Handbag! The Mansur Gavriel Navy Leather Circle Bag is a beautiful geometric shape and definitely a piece to talk about. Either the Sophie Hulme ‘Albion’ Tote or the 3.1 Phillip Lim ’31 Hour’ Leather Tote are style conscious choices to take to work. The Ralph Lauren Matte Alligator Soft Ricky Bag is a showstopper and is so versatile it can be worn both casually with jeans or with a more elegant look. A clutch is also a great way to go Navy!  For a more formal evening affair, there is the  alligator Judith Leiber Couture Coffered Crocodile Minaudiere or if you need a more tailored, casual choice go with the Proenza Schouler Large Lunch Bag With Grommets.

A belt is also a way to incorporate Navy Blue into your wardrobe. The Ralph Lauren Vachetta Leather Belt belt is simply so chic and polished and will look great with trousers or jeans.

Set your sight on the horizon with these Sunglasses! Self-Portrait + Le Specs Luxe Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses, Dior Cat-eye Mirrored Sunglasses or Céline Aviator Acetate Sunglasses are great options.

 

 

SHOES

1. Marni – Crystal Heeled Sandals

2. Jimmy Choo – Dora Elaphe-trimmed Suede Sandals

3. Charlotte Olympia – Dolly Karung Pumps

4. Paul Andrew – Stanton Platform Sandals

5. Ancient Greek Sandals – Clio Gladiator Sandals

6. Christian Louboutin – Victorina Flame Suede Pump in Night

7. Aquazzura – Sexy Thing Cutout Suede Sandals

8. Tabitha Simmons – Linen Margot Pump

9. Proenza Schouler – Suede Grommet Ankle-Strap Sandals

10. Chloé – Wedge Sandals

11. Dune London – Octavia

12. Jimmy Choo – ‘Kaytrin’ Sandals

BAGS

1. Givenchy – Nightingale Satchel

2. Rafe – Azura Abalone Shell Minaudiere

3. Mansur Gavriel – Navy Leather Circle Bag

4. Mary Katrantzou – Y color-block Perspex clutch

5. Proenza Schouler – Large Lunch Bag With Grommets

6. Sophie Hulme – ‘Albion’ Tote

7. Judith Leiber Couture – Coffered Crocodile Minaudiere

8. Tory Burch – Fleming Denim Bag

9. 3.1 Phillip Lim – ’31 Hour’ Leather Tote

10. Badgley Mischka – Jenna Crocodile-Embossed Wallet

11. BCBGMAXAZRIA – Faye Suede Drawstring Crossbody

12. Burberry – Panelled London Leather Tote Bag

13. Chloé – Marcie Medium Satchel

14. Fendi – 2Jours Crocodile Satchel Bag

15. Furla – Medium Metropolis Satchel

16. Givenchy – ‘Small Pandora Pure’ Leather Satchel

17. Iris and Ink – Ostrich-effect Leather Backpack

18. Jacquemus – ‘Peinture’ Handbag

19. Marc Jacobs – Small Incognito Leather Tote

20. Myriam Schaefer – James Satin and Crocodile Cross-body Bag

21. Prada – Suede Medium Double Bag

22. Ralph Lauren – Matte Alligator Soft Ricky Bag

23. The Row – Top-Handle 10 Crocodile Bag

24. Tiffany – Swarovski & Silk Satin Clutch

25. Tod’s – D-Bow Small Leather Tote

26. Tod’s – Double T Suede Bucket Bag

27. Tory Burch – Thea Triple-Zip Satchel

28. VBH – Manila Stretch Satin Envelope Clutch

29. Zac Posen – ‘Eartha’ Calfskin Leather Top Handle Satchel

30. Kate Spade – ‘Expand Your Horizons’ Steamer Ship Clutch

 

 

SUNGLASSES

1. Krewe – Huey Black Sunglasses

2. Céline – Aviator Acetate Sunglasses

3. Dior – “Dior Split 1” Sunglasses-Multi

4. 3.1 Phillip Lim – Mounted lens acetate D-frame sunglasses

5. Dior – Cat-eye mirrored sunglasses

6. Oliver Peoples – Gwynne Monochromatic Cat-Eye Sunglasses

7. Self-Portrait + Le Specs – Luxe Cat-Eye Acetate Sunglasses

 

ACCESSORIES

1. Tory Burch – Mini Block T Tote Key Fob

2. Janessa Leone – Aster Tall Panama Hat

3. Ralph Lauren – Vachetta Leather Belt

4. Inverni – Kathleen Straw Floppy Hat

5. Tory Burch – Logo Embellished Belt

6. W. Kleinberg – Lizard Leather Belt

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