Why You Should Wear Navy, Not Black This Spring

We love black, and we know you probably love it too. However, sometimes it doesn’t always love us back, especially when we’re all in winter pale mode. And let’s face it, spring has yet to happen for most of us. Black can be pretty harsh against a lot of skin tones and it can be aging (trust us, wrinkles show more). Therefore, it can be nice to lighten things up for spring. This is why we suggest you wear navy, not black as a neutral during late winter and early spring.

Wear Navy Instead of Black

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Navy Blazers

A navy schoolboy-style blazer is a classic for a reason, and it is extra chic when thrown over a white blouse and a pair of jeans. It’s a look that works for all seasons which is an added bonus! This J.Crew Regent blazer is just about perfect if you want to go for this traditional look.


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Navy Blouses

Navy blouses look stellar with denim, white or ivory, gray and nearly every other color. We especially love navy with emerald green. Navy even works with black if done intentionally. This See By Chloe satin blouse is a great choice and might end up being a wardrobe staple.

Navy Scarves

Scarves can look exceptionally chic with a black coat, especially in rich or light shades of navy. Or go navy with a textured version like this merino wool scarf by Canada Goose.

Navy Dresses

The navy dress is a fun alternative to the little black dress (the NBD?) This fitted Victoria Beckham midi dress is somehow sexy and modest at the same time. And there’s tons of different ways to accessorize it.

Navy Jewels

Navy jewels are a subdued but interesting look that can add a lot of drama to an outfit, and a great way to add some simple color near your face (hello sapphires!) A navy blue and gold pendant is an awesome option. This sapphire bar pendant by Anna Beck would be elegant worn alone, but it would also be a useful layering piece.

Navy Eyeliner

This is not your mother’s blue eyeshadow! If you normally wear black eyeliner, try swapping it for a deep navy for a slightly softer but still dramatic look (we recommend this particularly if you are over 40). This Laura Mercier cake eyeliner is an ideal choice. It works for every eye color but we especially love it with brown eyes.

Shop Navy for Spring

J. Crew Regent Blazer In Four-season Stretch, $198

See By Chloé Stretch Cotton-blend Satin-Piqué Shirt, $330

Canada Goose Basket-Stitch Merino Wool Scarf, $150

Victoria Beckham Ribbed Stretch-knit Midi Dress, $1,645

Anna Beck Sapphire Bar Pendant Necklace in 18K Gold-Plated Sterling Silver, 16″, $250

What are your go-to neutrals besides black?

– Jacqueline Zenn

You may also like to read more of Jacqui’s styling posts like Brighten Up! How To Spring Your Wardrobe Forward Early and How To Get Out Of Your Fashion Comfort Zone In 2019.

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5 thoughts on “Why You Should Wear Navy, Not Black This Spring”

  1. Since being in my fifties -much older now!! – I only buy navy near my face. I’ll have to outgrow my black leather jacket before I give it up but I now wear it with a navy blouse!! I’ve also purchased myself a navy leather jacket and love it!! My mother gave me for a Christmas present last year a chocolate brown leather coat and I love it so much!!! Never knew how much I love wearing chocolate brown so it’s my other neutral in my closet!! I love wearing navy with pinkish-peach, salmon, coral and watermelon and I love wearing chocolate brown with turquoise, rust, and moss green!!!! I also love it with ivory and dark denim plus Scottish sweaters!!! I do bookend all my outfits!! I grew up with this but only learned bookending with your hair a few years ago. I have warm brown hair so I enjoy the same in handbags and shoes plus other leather goods and silk scarves. I stay with gold everything!!!


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