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Dark blues, from navy to cerulean to midnight, are more of a neutral than they are a color. This gives you lots of options when color matching shoes or stockings. Some high-impact celebs are choosing navy dresses, from Kate Middleton to Jayma Mays. Let their fashion do's inspire your own blue period.
Getting it Right
You can either match your shoes to the blue dress or your stockings, but you can't do both. With a deep blue dress, you'll have a pretty tricky time getting just the right shade of blue, but you can pull it off. Check Kate Middleton's wardrobe for inspiration on how to go navy-navy. You can also keep the stockings neutral and wear shoes that pull another hue out of a two-toned navy dress, a la Belinda Stewart-Wilson. She wore white shoes that played off the white trim of her navy dress at the "The Inbetweeners" premiere in London in August 2011.
Dark blue looks absolutely smashing with a bold burst of color at the toe. Try red, fuchsia or hot pink shoes to really stand above the rest. Other eye-popping shoe options that look great with rich blues include yellows, oranges and golds. Bust out metallic sandals or pumps, or show off some canary yellows. If you're going with stockings, brown or tan hues pair well with navy and keep your look balanced.
Rich stockings are still on trend, so if you keep your shoes basic you can make a bold splash on the leg. The same hues that work well shoe-wise look hot as stockings: pinks, reds, fuchsias, yellows, burnt and bright oranges, and rust hues. Kate Middleton's a huge fan of sheer stockings or nude legs with her navy ensembles, and that always works too.
What Not to Do
You might get away with a demure plaid in muted colors, but otherwise shy away from patterned stockings. Also, loud tights really look best on ladies with toned legs, so sisters with something down there should accent with shoes, not tights. Women with larger legs who want to get into the tights trend should try deeper hues, not brights. Most of the colors that go with dark blue dresses won't work for them.