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


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

  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.

  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.

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

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

  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.