Last week, Julie stumped me.
“Don’t you find it difficult to find navy shoes? I have great navy sailor pants, a wonderful navy skirt, and zero navy shoes! So, can you bring yourself to wear navy with black shoes, or do you have a great tip for shoes? (silly question, of COURSE you do!!)”
Well NOW I do.
Let’s start with this: don’t wear black shoes with navy pants. Or navy anything, for that matter. Under the right circumstances, black and navy can be hip and edgy together (a navy cocktail dress with a black sash, for example) but for everyday choose one or the other.
I would also suggest that Julie steer clear of navy shoes with navy skirts and pants; this is a little too monochromatic, even for me (and I love that whole long, lean line thing). Think about shoes in colors that compliment the navy–brown or cream, for example, or an animal print. Julie could pair her navy sailor pants with a great pair of python ballet flats, which are decidedly NOT blue but which will spice up her look considerably. She could wear a navy skirt with a pair of crocodile pumps, or python slingbacks. And of course, leopard is always acceptable with navy blue.
Not much of an animal print person? What about plaid? Or maybe a vintage Pucci-inspired print? J. Crew has some wonderful fabric ballet flats for spring, in a variety of colors and prints. How cute would these be, with the sailor pants and a boatneck white tee?
J. Crew flats in Honeycomb, $118.00
Finally, casual navy pants and skirts look great paired with metallic sandals, in either a flat or a heel. I have a pair of silver flip flops (but mine came from SuperTarget, not J. Crew).
But if you DO have navy shoes, what do you wear THEM with? Well, what would you wear your navy twinset with? Think about brown or khaki or white pants and skirts. Or grey! Anything but black and brown.
Then send me a photo of yourself in your great navy pants. Please.