One last adventure with this dress – this time, with muted accent colors like olive, burgundy, and mustard! (I have been hungry 24/7 for a week…)
You might notice more or less immediately that I’m reusing a TON of accessories from the recent post with the grey dress. I’m not doing this because I’m lazy, (well…) but because it all fell into place, unexpectedly.
When I put together posts like this, which are variations of previous posts, I reuse the original PowerPoint file. For this, I went through each page, deleted the original grey dress, and pasted in the navy dress. Then I changed the color of the divider stars… It was only when I went to the next step – changing the accessories – that I realized that I really didn’t need to make a lot of changes!
One of my goals for The Vivienne Files has always been to show the versatility of items that are well-chosen, with a theme or unifying motif that makes them a unified capsule wardrobe, rather than just a big collection of stuff. So while this might look like laziness on my part, it’s actually a way to show that any of these “accessory families” can be used in a variety of ways. (wait ’til I start looking at tee shirt and pants “columns” of color…)
(oh yea, I changed the shoes to navy…)
This first pair of outfits was where I realized that these accent colors were perfect with navy, just as they are. The 2nd cardigan might require a bit of “fit navigation” depending on how long-waisted you are (or aren’t), and how high the pleat release is on the dress. One woman’s lumpy “too much fabric” is going to be another woman’s graceful, fluid drape…
Oh SIGH, is there any place where camel doesn’t look lovely?
Mustard is turning out to be surprisingly versatile!
I made a scarf change here, so that I could include this gorgeous Image Diary piece, but otherwise the olive accessory family worked really nicely with this dress, too!
I debated about keeping the navy accessory families, but finally opted to show how useful a simple, monochromatic outfit can be. This has Monday morning written ALL over it!
Navy and grey – steal it from menswear and run!
And it seems important to remember that this dress can be worn WITHOUT ANYTHING OVER IT! For those of you moving into warmer weather, this seems obvious, eh?
Gold would be equally lovely here. So would… um…. silver with amber? Fake tortoise shell? Silver and turquoise? (fake) Coral? Jade? Pearls? Oh my…
While this dress is no longer available, there’s a really lovely Eileen Fisher navy dress available with a matching “midnight” cardigan… and it’s on sale! Nordstrom is NOT the only department store with a great sale in July…
For more in the One Navy Dress series, check out the following articles:
- One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Pastels
- One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Brights
- One Navy Dress in a Capsule Wardrobe: 14 Ways to Wear it With Muted Accents