To celebrate the arrival of the fall season,  we are launching our Fashion Friday Series on Neutrals with a timeless classic: Navy Blue. Just in case you’re ever on Jeopardy!, here’s a brief history lesson on the color: Navy blue, a very dark variation of blue, got its name from the dark-blue colors that have been worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748 and subsequently adopted by other navies around the world. Indigo dye is the basis for all the historical navy-blue colors; almost all navy uniforms were made by dyeing them with various shades of indigo dye.

History lesson over—now on to fashion! Do not confuse neutral with dull! This season, the fashion bloggers have deemed navy blue the new black! We chose two navy sheaths that are beautiful as stand-alone pieces and that also serve as wonderful canvasses for accessories that most of us already own. These dresses come with different sleeve lengths to accommodate those of us who may no longer have perfect triceps! They also have hems! So if you want them longer, you have the wonderful option of having them altered. And as extra treats, we’ve included some fabulous  jewelry pieces, complimentary bags, a sheer cardigan that works for day or night, and great pumps.

  1. Alexis Bittar Ophelia Fringed Pansy Brooch—Hand-sculpted Lucite; catches and reflects light beautifully.
  2. Phillip Lim Color Block Dress—Long sleeve ponte color-block dress with jewel-neck collar and contrasting side panels.
  3. Rebecca Minkoff MAB Tote in Port—An all-purpose leather tote with a signature flap and zipper for flare.
  4. Aquatalia by Marvin K IBIZA Suede Pumps—Comfortable mid-heel with padded insole is ideal for day-to-day wear.
  5. Alice and Olivia SHIR Short Sleeve Princess Line Dress—Form fitting color-block dress in navy and black slims and contours.
  6. Alexis Bittar Vine Hoop Earrings—Hand-sculpted Lucite encased in golden vines, with pa·véfaceted crystals.
  7. Jean Paul Gaultier Printed Tulle Cardigan—Airy three-quarter-sleeve printed in nautical theme veils the skin.
  8. Tory Burch ADALYN pebbled leather clutch in metallic gold—A modern metallic transforms the classic clutch; detachable chain and leather shoulder strap.
  9. Alice and Olivia DIANA Suede Ankle-Strap Pumps—Leg lengthening suede pumps with pointed toe and adjustable ankle strap.

Next week’s neutral: Brown.


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