What Color Pants Do I Wear With a Navy Blue Top?

Wear a navy blue top with black pants like director Sofia Coppola.

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You seem to remember hearing someone say, "Navy is the new black" at some point in your life and here you are with the most beautiful navy blue top. Well, if navy can be compared to black, deciding which color pants to pair with it should be easier, right? While you may feel a bit hesitant, this looks-amazing-on-everyone hue actually goes with a lot of your wardrobe staples, so say hello to a slew of new outfit ideas.


You probably heard once that you aren't supposed to wear navy with black -- everyone seems to have this recollection but the details remain fuzzy. However, black and navy are quite pretty when worn together, as evidenced on 2011 runways. So go ahead -- show off your confident fashionista self by pairing a navy blouson blouse over a pair of black skinny pants. Slip into a pair of black flats or pumps and wow the crowd.

Dark Blue Denim

Wearing jeans with any outfit rarely makes you think twice, but wearing near-navy denim with a navy top gets your wheels turning -- too uniform-y? Not at all. That grainy appearance in denim breaks up your ensemble so do you don't look like you're in a pair of coveralls. Try a navy blue, oversized T-shirt over a pair of dark-rinse straight jeans. Slip into nude flats or strappy sandals and you're urban chic without a stitch of expected city-wear black.

Medium Blue Denim

When it comes to medium blue jeans, your only problem is deciding whether it's dressy enough. While medium blue denim suggests a casual feel, a rich navy blue top can amp up your look. Opt for a silky, navy blue blouse with feminine detailing such as ruffles or puff sleeves. Go with a banded waist or a tunic that you can cinch with a metallic belt. Add a pop of color with vibrant heels such as classic red, or keep things subdued with gray or nude.

Army Green

Navy immediately brings to mind military-inspired garb, so naturally your brain wanders toward other inspiration ... like Army green cargos. Keep your look calm by opting for earth tones -- think faded, skinny cargo pants in Army green under a flowing, navy blue tank top. Wrap a sandy-hued, lightweight scarf around your neck and step into medium brown flats or booties. You will love the soft vibe you achieve, especially if you throw on a few silver necklaces.

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