Thursday, December 29, 2011

A Travel Capsule Wardrobe - Packing in Navy, with brown accessories & warm colors

I've been receiving LOTS of questions about wearing navy clothing with brown shoes, and "warm" colors.  This seems like it could be tricky, since navy is pretty much a cool color, but men have been making this combination of cool and warm work for decades, and it always looks great!  My suggestions:

  • make sure your "navies" go together - navy can vary widely.  Either buy all pieces at one time (ambitious, to be sure!), buy them from the same designer (equally ambitious), or plan to carry or wear a couple of navy items when you shop, so that you can be certain that your current garments will work with new purchases.
  • feel free to experiment with any warm color as an accent. Green, gold, every shade of rust, persimmon, and coral will look great with navy.
  • With skirts, navy hosiery will keep your look more consistent.  Buy your tights at the same time as your skirt - navy can be difficult to match!  With pants, the sky's the limit for socks...
  • Tie together your look with warm-toned jewelry - gold with tortoise (fake, of course), coral (also fake!!!) or topaz will keep the warm theme predominate.
I've put together a wee travel vignette to illustrated my ideas - enjoy!

Scarf – Hermès, gold earrings – Links of London, necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane, Turtleneck – Aviujacket – John Lewis, gloves – Portolano, Handbag & suitcase– Mulberry, skirt – Stella Mc Cartney, navy tights – Dorothy Perkins, brown loafers – Ralph Lauren

Navy blouse and trousers – Stella McCartney, navy cardigan – Maison Martin Margiela, belt – Burberry, ankle boots – ALF, plaid shirt – Burberry, gold and tortoise earrings – RJ Graziano, long cardigan – See by Chloe, coral earrings and bracelet – Roberta Chiarella, leather sleeved tee – 3.1 Phillip Lim, jeans – J. Brand, print scarf – Marc Jacobs, riding boots – Frye







6 comments:

  1. I think you nailed it when you talked about the different colors of navy. Odd though that everything goes with blue jeans!

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  2. Great tips for us lovers of navy with brown. I am planning on adding more navy to my wardrobe next year. I have an old Ralph Lauren pea coat that I bought in the early '90's that is sadly getting close to being donated and I want to replace it.

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  3. Love, love, love navy and orange together. It's such a chic and happy combination. As always, everything that you've chosen is lovely.

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  4. If I saw you walking through the airport in vignette #1 I would die of chic envy!

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  5. I love navy and brown together. It is a go-to combination for me this fall.

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  6. aesthetic intelligenceDecember 30, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Oh thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
    You are THE style maven for chic and classy style.

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