Obsessed With:Navy

April 22, 2009

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Obsessed With:Navy

I have a confession to make.  I’m having an affair….with navy.  I can’t stop buying navy clothes ever since my friend Olive told me that navy and white are my “authoritative” colours.  She’s a stylist who specialises in matching your skin/hair/shape to a specific colour palette. It turns out that I am a “cool winter” palette who looks best in structured shapes.  Once I was told that navy brings out the colour of my eyes – I was hooked.

Freshly armed with this news it so happened that the colour navy started appearing in shops everywhere. I found a pair of high waisted, wide trousers in A-wear, quickly followed by a navy swing cardigan in Mango which I rarely take off.  The cardigan goes with everything – even black.

Topshop Navy jersey blazer

Having spotted what Alexa Chung wore to Paris Fashion week, I promptly purchased a double brested, navy and white, jersey blazer with rolled up sleeves from Topshop (€62), seen above as middle image).  It was like power-dressing eighties style.  (You’d swear Topshop was paying me commission to mention them so much on whatshewears.ie – but to be honest they seem to be THE shop which best pulls off runway style  imitations).

H&M military shirt dress

But the item I am must chuffed with in my capsule navy coloured collection is a safari /military style shirt dress I bought in Scotland last week (seen here far right).  It’s from H&M and cost me the equivalent of €25. Ted Baker also has a lovely shirt dress in black, but I had my heart set on the navy option.  I think it will be ideal for work or meetings during the summer, when I aim to look nautical and smart when the heat is on.

Who am I kidding?  This is Ireland. OK then, I still think this is a really funky option for work without being too suit-ish.  Another advantage is that dresses are a no brainer in the morning time – you just throw them on and don’t have to think of matching up a whole outfit.  I already wore the shirt dress to a meeting yesterday, accessorising with a pair of red Terry de Havilland wedges and a red belt.  Alternatively, I can accessories the shirt dress with a wide, waist cinching, silver belt and silver snakeskin wedges.  That’s  two outfits already with the one navy shirt dress.

Next on my wish list is this navy halter dress from Ted Baker (pictured far left).

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4 Responses to “Obsessed With:Navy”

  1. Camilla Says:

    I am 100% a navy person, its my ‘black’. I feel like it doesn’t drown me out so to speak. It matches so much and i feel i get more compliments in my navy inspried work outfits than i would if i wore the black version. I just saw an article for yellow which i love also, for the lady (Aoife) who finds it hard to get a shade to suit her, why not incorporate a little bit of yellow with navy and bit by bit you may find ther shade that is right for u. Summer yellow with navy a new kick to a nautical look.

  2. Annemarie Says:

    Me too, I’m a navy convert since last year. It suits my Irish colouring (dark hair, pale skin) way better than black. Navy and white or red are my preferred combinations but I’ll definitely try out some yellow this summer! I love all the nautical stripes in the shops at the moment, they come around season after season which is great.


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