How to style a navy blue dress

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I’m a lover of dresses, whether they are long, short or knee-length. I adore the simplicity of them and how some classic dress shapes are timeless. And when autumn arrives, I get super giddy about tights, dresses and boots just like cinnamon-flavored anything and inspiring football movies.

But I have a tendency to wear a dress the same way over and over again, especially with tricky colors like navy blue. And although I’m slipping on the dress more times than I can count, the looks remain stagnant.

So now it’s time for experimentation! I bought this classic navy blue dress at Francesca’s last weekend for $44. Great steal. It fits so well and hits just above the knee, which is conservative enough for the office. I think of navy blue as a staple, neutral color because it can be paired with a lot of other hues such as tan, black, white, maroon (wild card color), gray and the list goes on. Here are five fall looks I’ve styled with this essential fall dress.

So grab your morning coffee and take a scroll! 🙂

 THE DRESS: 

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LOOK No. 1—Daytime >>> Navy blue + tan

For this relaxed look, I paired the dress with a light tan jacket and a sassy fur scarf. My mom bought this scarf for me and I fell in love with it. It’s so chic! I finished the outfit off with thick gray tights and caramel brown ankle boots. (If you have read a lot of my posts, I wear a lot of the same shoes. I have my favorite pair of seven or eight shoes that I run around in constantly. I usually buy one or two good pairs of shoes every season).

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The outfit:

  • Tan jacket | Lush brand (from Fetiche in Hattiesburg)
  • Scarf | Cabi (fall 2015 collection)
  • Gray tights | Ann Taylor Loft
  • Ankle boots | Anthropologie

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LOOK No. 2—Daytime >>> Navy blue + gray

A dress plus vest combo marries so well together and creates such an effortless look. I wore a soft pattern scarf to complete the ensemble and slipped on my favorite black ankle boots.

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The outfit:

  • Gray vest | boutique in Charleston, SC
  • Scarf | Free People
  • Ankle boots | Lucky Brand
  • Black tights | Target 

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LOOK No. 3—Date night >>> black + navy

YOU can do black and navy! It’s one of those popular fashion rules that we need to toss out the window. It’s the same misconception with black and brown. These color combinations are interesting when worn together in the fall.

I created this date night look specifically for a hot date, but you can pretty much get away with wearing this anywhere. With the relaxed ruffle jacket and the black lace-up booties, it’s a confident and playful look for the modern woman on a chilly evening.

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The outfit:

  • Fleather” jacket | Cabi
  • Necklace | Francesca’s
  • Booties | Steve Madden
  • Tights | Target 

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LOOK No. 4—At the office >>> Navy blue + maroon

Ole Miss fans rejoice! Even though that wasn’t my initial thought for this look, this would make a great gameday outfit if you switched out the shoes for some comfortable boots.

But man is this a WILD CARD pairing that adds some serious contrast! The vibrant hue amplifies the standard office look. I paired the combo with a statement necklace and a rhinestone belt.

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The outfit:

  • Necklace | Ann Taylor Loft (It’s one of my most tried-and-true statement necklaces. Check out that post here.)
  • Belt | H&M
  • Red tights | Loft
  • Pumps | Nine West

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LOOK No. 5—Night-out look (transitioning from day-to-night) >>>

Here is the easiest way to get dressed for a night out in less than five minutes. I just slipped off the jewelry and put on this sassy fur vest to transform my office look into a sophisticated ensemble for an exciting night ahead. Talk about no stress!

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The add-on:

  • Fur vest | Cabi

So I hope you enjoyed my style ideas for my new fall staple dress! How do you wear your favorite fall dress? Leave your suggestions in the comments below. Make sure to follow me and share this post! Thanks for reading!


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  • jessicarowney

    October 27, 2015

    Great looks and wonderful ideas!

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  • sincerelyaimee

    October 27, 2015

    love the way you styled the dress! i love finding different ways to wear a piece of clothing and this gave me some ideas! i also recently posted up a new outfit and would love if you can come check it out and let me know what you think! http://www.sincerelyaimee.com

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    • Down-Home Damsel

      October 27, 2015

      That’s great! I’m glad I could help! I feel the same way. When I buy something new now, I always try to find at least three different ways to wear it! And I’d love to, I’ll take a look. Thanks for reading! 🙂

      -Kathryn

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  • linda kimmel

    October 27, 2015

    Great blog Kathryn. You knocked it out of the park again. A lot of great looks from one piece and great versatile accessories. Even an old broad like me has learned a lot about fashion from you. Thanks.

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    • Down-Home Damsel

      October 27, 2015

      Thank you!! So glad you like! I think most, if not all of these, can be worn at any age. 🙂

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    November 12, 2015

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    • Down-Home Damsel

      November 12, 2015

      Denisha,

      Thanks for the suggestions! I have thought about doing videos & I might do them in the future. I appreciate the feedback!

      -Kathryn

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      November 13, 2015

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      November 13, 2015

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