6 Navy Items Every Wardrobe Needs, Plus 1 Nice to Have

If you have been reading my blog for a while or have used any of my services, you will know that I use navy all the time. In fact it is probably my most used neutral, because it suits everyone, goes with everything and is the perfect choice if you want to smarten an outfit up. Navy is elegant, timeless and more flattering than black for most of us. So why wouldn’t you have it in your wardrobe?

There are 6 navy items that I think most wardrobes should have in navy.

Capsule wardrobe investment pieces, what to buy in navy

Blazer // Coat // Trousers // Shoes // Bag // Sweater // Biker Jacket //

Top 7 Navy Items…

  • Navy blazer or jacket – If you work in an office, a navy blazer or smart jacket is a no brainer. It smartens up any outfit and gives you authority. Wear your navy blazer when you want to be listened to. But don’t just wear it to work, throw it on with casual chinos or jeans at the weekend. Here I have shown your navy blazer taking you from desk to dinner.

Capsule wardrobe essential, How to wear a navy blazer

Desk – Top // Skirt // Boots //

Dinner – Earrings // Blouse // Bag // Shoes //

  • Navy Tailored Trousers – These will take you from work, to smart casual weekend and even out in the evening. This season I’m wearing a cropped pair, but yours could be tapered, wide leg or straight legged, whatever suits your shape and your lifestyle.
  • Navy Biker Jacket (optional 7th navy item) – If you are going to invest in a leather jacket, your best bet is navy. You will worry less about wearing it than a lighter colour and it will be flattering whatever your colouring. Wear it with the tailored trousers and cashmere sweater as shown below, or toughen up a feminine dress and heels.

Capsule wardrobe essential, How to wear a navy biker jacket

Classic – Scarf //

French Twist – Sweater // Scarf // Bag // Trainers //

  • Navy cashmere sweater – If you choose a fine one you can wear it under a suit for work, layer it over a feminine tie neck blouse or a more casual shirt. You will wear it for 3 seasons of the year so choose the best quality you can afford and treat it with care. Hand wash it (I do mine on the hand wash programme in the machine) and invest in some cedar balls to prevent the moths getting at it. It will earn its cost per wear over skirts and dresses too.
  • Navy Tote – choose one large enough to carry all your daily essentials. Look for one that has multiple compartments or pockets, an additional shoulder strap, and a zip top for security. Wear it with your work suit and weekend casuals. Tie a Twilly around the handles to add some colour and a French twist.
  • Navy Court Shoes – Choose a pair with a comfortable heel height that works with dresses and trousers. If you are struggling to find the right colour accessories to go with an outfit your fallback can pretty much always be navy. So replace these as soon as they start to look worn, they will be your best friend in your shoe wardrobe!

Capsule wardrobe essential, How to wear a navy coat

Casual – Blouse // Bag // Jeans // Boots //

Dressy – Necklace // Dress // Bag // Sandals //

  • Navy Coat – By all means choose a coat in a colour you love as you will wear it a lot through the Autumn and Winter. However, good old navy is a classic that will never date, especially if you buy it in a timeless shape like this one. Wear it for smart and casual and with a touch of faux fur it’s glamorous enough for the evening or a smart lunch too.

When all else fails and you don’t know what to wear, choose navy – I believe it really does have magic powers šŸ™‚ Then add a pop of one of your favourite colours.


  1. Chrissie
    October 18, 2017 / 4:06 pm

    My mum would love this, she’s part of the M&S Navy Blue Massive šŸ™‚ Consequently due to long term exposure to navy blueness, I like it too! I aspire to be Ines De La Fressange. I would add the navy blue jumpsuit as an optional item too, layer over thermals if necessary. I love the navy biker jacket but also want a burgundy one and a slate grey one. Am hunting for a navy pea coat too…

    • Maria
      October 18, 2017 / 6:44 pm

      Ha Ha! Yes Ines De La Fressange is definitely an inspiration for smart casual chic. Good option, the jumpsuit, as they don’t seem to be going anywhere and they are good for layering under or over.

  2. Barbara Hartles
    October 18, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    I would love a pair of ankle trousers in navy or black or inspire me .
    Iā€™m 5.2 and between sizes 16-18 , any ideas please
    I have tried varying pair and the size pocketes stick out

    • Maria
      October 18, 2017 / 6:53 pm

      Hi Barbara, have you tried the Boden Richmond trousers in navy, they do a cropped version. Unfortunately they don’t do the petite in a 16 or 18 they only have regular but they might be worth a try and turning them up http://bit.ly/2yrA2ie These might be an option too, they come in petite http://bit.ly/2yquYKV Keep an eye out for the 16+ capsule which I hope will be out this week too as I have found lots of gorgeous pieces. I hope that helps.