navy as a neutral

if you follow my blog, you know that i’m a fan of all things bright and bubbly — therefore, there’s not a ton of navy in my closet…. so styling this sweater from nordstom was both interesting and fun, as i realized how little i actually had in my closet to compliment it. 

in fact, i purchased this sweater long before it was actually #sweaterweather — it was during the fall previews at the nordstrom anniversary sale this summer, and i distinctly remember scouring the racks to look for any color but navy in my size. unfortunately (or fortunately) for me, navy was my only option and i thought that the cut and the fit of this frock was so on point for fall that i put aside my hesitations and took the plunge anyway. i’m so glad i did.

this top is by chelsea28 and i’ve linked you guys to several similar shapes by the same brand. it’s stretchy, warm, and the sleeve is such an interesting detail. you can find a navy sweater almost anywhere… the gap, banana republic… it’s probably one of the most standard fall/winter staple pieces: and that’s why i love this one in particular – because it stands out (even just a little bit) in a sea of navy wool blends.

to brighten things up a bit, i paired this top with my favorite jeggings from american eagle. the wash (at the time that i purchased them) was called “skindigo” — so naturally i loved both the color and the name! they are bright, almost with a bit of a purple hue, elevating the look from your typical denim color. on my shoulder i’m carrying a super old kate spade satchel that i’ve had for years. kate spade doesn’t have anything out in this true grape color, but they’ve got a similarly shaped shoulder bag in teal that i would totally rock now. in this case, though, the purple complimented (if not enhanced) the denim… and maybe even my hair!

my second favorite (and new) item that i’m featuring in this post are my satin floral mules. they were a total steal from target, and they are super similar to a pair of sam edelman’s that i had my eye on. winning! i think these are a great “cheap” buy, because they’re not an everyday shoe. it’s impossible to coordinate them with even half of what’s in your closet…. so it makes sense to look for dupes of this type of shoe. in this outfit, i purchased moderately priced denim and statement shoes and because of this, i was able to spend a teeny bit more on a good quality knit sweater that will last (and stay in-style) for multiple fall/winter seasons!

paired with some chunky pearls and a good blowout, i felt super confident and cozy in this outfit. it took me from a lunch date, to nannying, and out on a few errands in between. it’s a fantastic everyday look while still being put together. who knew i’d grow to love such a basic top so much? i think i might have to scope out a few more pieces to pair with this bad boy. do you like navy as a neutral? what are some interesting ways you wear navy to keep it fresh and modern? follow along on instagram to stay in the loop!


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