Welcome to Dressed for My Day! I’ve decided to add a little navy to my wardrobe this year. And today I’m sharing the first piece that I’ve purchased to give this beautiful neutral a whirl. Let’s see how I’m adding navy to my wardrobe this fall.
Perhaps you’ve been around here long enough to know that I advocate selecting a color palette for your wardrobe and pretty much sticking with it. I don’t adhere to the idea that your color palette has to be made of particular hues from a set season, although I know many of my readers enjoy using the seasonal color analysis. And I think that’s great if you do!
But I do suggest selecting anywhere from three to six signature colors and two to three neutrals for your personal wardrobe. Neutrals are those non-colors such as brown, navy, black, grey and, some would even say, olive green or wine. Signature colors are the colors of the rainbow that you choose to wear to add interest to your outfits, colors such as red, green, blue, yellow, orange, purple, turquoise, etc. When we work with a color palette made of a limited number of neutrals and signature colors, we’re more prone to have a mixable, matcheable wardrobe that really works together to create many beautiful, cohesive outfits.
You can learn more about choosing the colors of your wardrobe in this post.
For the last several years I’ve pretty much restricted my neutrals to black, grey and brown. But many of my readers seem to prefer navy over black, as it looks somewhat softer with our aging complexions, eye color and hair color. I definitely agree that navy is a great choice for a sophisticated and classic neutral for us older gals. So I’ve decided to start adding some navy to my wardrobe for two reasons. One, I’ve always loved it and have missed wearing it the past couple of years…especially in the spring when I love adding nautical themed clothing to my closet. And two I want to be able to show my aging demographic some beautiful styles with navy.
I purchased these Essential Ponte Slim Leg pants from J.Jill last year in a deep brown, which is no longer available. I loved them! When I saw that they had them in navy this year, I decided these easy-to-wear, mid-price range pants would make a nice first addition of my new neutral to my fall wardrobe.
The Essential Ponte Slim Leg pants feel luxuriously soft, fit true to size, feature a flat front and a pull-on elasticized waist band. I think they look sharp, but they feel oh so comfortable. The Essential Ponte Slim Leg pants also come in soft mocha heather, dark fig and black.
When Sarah Flint rewarded me with another pair of their exquisite Italian-made shoes, I decided to order the Rosie in navy suede. These shoes are truly lovely and so beautifully crafted. They are quite comfortable, but I do suggest sizing up one half size. If you use my code SARAHFLINT-BAKAYH you’ll receive $50 off your first order of Sarah Flint shoes. But if you don’t wish to invest that much in shoes, I suggest these navy suede block heels (30% off) or these navy Lifestride heeled loafers.
Fair warning, you’ll be seeing me style these navy ponte knit pants a couple more times in the near future. But I’m starting the parade off with my favorite pairing. I love this lily colored cashmere polo with navy pants. And this soft purple-pink color is trending high for 2021-22. It can look a bit like an “old lady color,” but I think the trick is wearing it in modern iterations. So this trending polo collar sweater fits the bill! And this is one of the softest, smoothest cashmere sweaters I’ve ever owned. Quite a different texture from the more fuzzy cashmere sweaters.
You certainly don’t have to have a navy coat to wear with navy pants. But when I saw that Talbots had a wide selection of quilted jackets, vests and coats, I decided to purchase the shorter jacket in navy and a longer coat in black (also available in navy). But the bold gold hardware on this navy quilted jacket really excites me and leads me to want to wear it frequently.
By the way, you could wear any color of coat with this navy pants outfit really. But some colors that would look really chic would include grey, off white or maybe taupe
I do think that if you’re going to add a new neutral to your wardrobe, it’s smart to invest in some accessories that you can work with them. You might consider looking for a belt, handbag, shoes and/or a jacket in that same neutral. I don’t have a navy handbag and I won’t need a navy belt for a while since these pants have an elastic waistband. But I think soft taupe is lovely with navy, so I carried my vegan leather Grace crossbody bag by Angela Roi. This bag was gifted to me by Angela Roi, and I’m so impressed with the beautiful pebbled texture. It definitely feels and looks like real leather, but it’s not. Mine is the light mud grey, but it definitely looks taupe to me. Use code KAY10 for 10% off your bag at Angela Roi.
So yes, I think I’m going to enjoy adding a little navy to my wardrobe. I still think it’s smart to keep the number of neutrals in your wardrobe to a more manageable 2-3, but I also think you can comfortably and easily add another color with a little thought and planning. I’m going to enjoy having some navy, especially as we get to spring.
What about you? Are you one of my navy ladies? Do you have any tips you’d like to share about how you wear navy? What color shoes or handbag do you often pair with it? What signature colors work well with navy in your mind? I’d love to hear from you today!
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I do not know your pastor or priest personally, but I know something about them. I know that they care about you deeply. I know that he or she prays for you and the others in your flock daily, desiring nothing more than God’s best for you. And I know that your leader longs to equip you with the truth of God’s Word so that you can live wisely in this present age.
You may have differences with your minister now and again. The one or ones that God has put in leadership in your congregation are just people, flesh and bone like you and me. They make mistakes, have rough days, get tired and sometimes sin. Yes, they do. But unless he or she does something immoral, unethical or unbiblical, I urge you to show them your commitment, a little grace and a lot of love. Thank them for serving not just you, but a family full of broken, needy people. Pray for them and encourage them, too. October is clergy appreciation month. Don’t let it pass without letting them know you care and appreciate what they do.
But we ask you, brothers and sisters, to recognize those who diligently labor among you and are in leadership over you in the Lord, and give you instruction, and that you regard them very highly in love because of their work. Live in peace with one another. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13