45 responses

  1. Marla
    February 17, 2010

    In winter I have always like burgundy(or cordovan)with navy. But spring is much more fun!

  2. hostess of the humble bungalow
    February 17, 2010

    My ignorance is obvious here, how does one track their search terms?

    I do not own pants or a dress in navy but have dark denim jeans and a lovely Saint James navy cardigan…with spring and summer on the way I may invest in a dress or pant in navy, it feels lighter than black and safer than white!

  3. Suburban Princess
    February 17, 2010

    I read an article by a stylist once and she said 'If black shoes with navy pants are good enough for the military….'

  4. DocP
    February 17, 2010

    Pewter. More interesting than black, more subdued than most other choices,

  5. Jan
    February 17, 2010

    My top 2 search terms so far this month are "lillies" (yes, spelled incorrectly) and "gorillas." I can't even begin to imagine what kind of a post I could put together about that.

  6. Belle de Ville
    February 17, 2010

    Since navy is a staple of my wardrobe, with gray and black, I tend to wear either navy shoes…which are almost impossible to fine or black. Today with my navy skirt, I am wearing platform pumps with ankle straps in ox blood.
    For evening silver or gold look great too.

  7. Deja Pseu
    February 17, 2010

    Hooray! I've been slowly warming up to navy and am finding it quite easy to pair with other colors. Yes! to black shoes. Yes! to avocado green sweaters. Yes to turqoise anything! Your Polyvores are inspiring me….

  8. Deja Pseu
    February 17, 2010

    And as Belle mentions, wine and oxblood color shoes are also fabulous with navy.

  9. Genteel Decay
    February 17, 2010

    Yes, I love wine or dark red shoes with navy! I also love Tretorns, which I wore throughout my childhood. I think I need to search out a pair…

  10. Duchesse
    February 17, 2010

    Funny that you can wear black shoes with navy but NOT navy shoes with black!

  11. Duchesse
    February 17, 2010

    Oh and- had lunch with GF who told me her young EA plans to wear black Louboutin pumps with her conventional many-tiered long wedding dress… we both said, gaaaaah!

  12. Louise
    February 17, 2010

    The forest green in the final photo looks TOO CLOSE to me, but the orange is fabulous!

    Lisa, thanks for taking this seriously. Someone has to take a stand. I'm glad it's you.

  13. Summer is a Verb
    February 17, 2010

    I concur. Anything but navy shoes with navy. You'll be mistaken for a Swedish Airlines Flight Attendant. If you're lucky…XXOO

  14. EntertainingMom
    February 17, 2010

    A nice brown pump is my choice for the winter months. When the weather warms, there are many more options: Red, orange and I have a lovely pair of rose-colored RL slingbacks that I love to wear with navy… also my silver Revas.

    And now a question for you. Do you wear blue or black scrunchie with navy? ;)

  15. Miss Whistle
    February 17, 2010

    I love brown and navy blue. Probably because my mother didn't. I also have navy blue patent leather roger vivier's (with the pirate buckle) and they make me very happy. I think navy on navy is fine. "You can never go wrong with navy" my mother used to say. But you have to layer it up, make it an obvious choice to be a flight attendant for the day. You know, "coffee, tea or me?" Also pale pink, light apricot and yellow are sweet, sweet, sweet for summer.


    Miss W x

  16. Reggie Darling
    February 17, 2010

    I say, LPC, thanks for the shout out. The only navy we WASP men wear with white bucks is a blazer. Never navy trousers (except jeans, but that's another matter). Maybe could get away with navy shorts but that's pretty nervy. As far as men in navy suits go, here on Wall Street I mostly see them paired with only black shoes (some dark shell-cordovan Brooks slip-ons get through, though). Lawyers can get away with brown shoes with navy suits, but I don't trust those buggers at all in matters sartorial.

  17. CDS
    February 17, 2010

    Oh, I think you can wear anything with navy—its such a non-neutral, neutral. I like navy with red, yellow…brown…even black! orange is pretty too….honestly i love it with anything. gold…pretty with white…beige…i can go on. love your blog!

  18. Anonymous
    February 17, 2010

    Great style tip from Vera Wang – if you feel washed out in black as you age – wear navy. I find it is true. Now what color evening purse with navy dress and gasp, navy shoes? Wedding this weekend.

  19. Preppy 101
    February 17, 2010

    Agreed. I think of my black patent peep-toes as "neutral". I really wear them with pretty much everything in the spring and summer!! My daughter has a gorgeous silk top from J. Crew – Navy with black pleating trim. Yes, Beautiful!

  20. myletterstoemily
    February 17, 2010

    once again, you are the master!

  21. Town and Country Mom
    February 17, 2010

    I like the black with navy for work, and I think you can do a straw-y type shoe with navy linen in the summer–not for work, of course. Sneakers with jeans is kind of dicey–at least in the South. They shouldn't look like athletic shoes, just casual. My favorite jeans ensemble is black loafers with no socks, dark denim, a great white shirt, and a serious bracelet. I hope that's not too boring. It generates a lot of compliments.

  22. Delia Lloyd
    February 17, 2010

    thanks, LPC. I'd always wondered about this!

    Delia Lloyd

  23. Pink Martini
    February 18, 2010

    So much thought into this. Yes, black with navy. Why not? Thought I'd let you know Son1 got into Princeton but it is down on his list due to the small size. I am trying to encourage him to go to take a look but their open weekend coincides with another higher on his list. So much for my new sweatshirt. Thank you for your entry for my cookie give-away. I am always willing to make your tigers a cookie whether your number is chosen or not. xoxo :)

  24. Kristen
    February 18, 2010

    Mmm, bronze is my favorite metallic, and it is great with navy.

    Amusingly, it's not the navy clothes I have trouble finding shoes to go with, it's the navy *shoes* I feel strange about matching with black outfits! I have a killer pair of blue suede heels that I can't quite seem to pair correctly in my wardrobe…

  25. ADG
    February 18, 2010

    It's SO easy being a guy.

  26. Maureen@IslandRoar
    February 18, 2010

    I'm not a big navy girl; doesn't do much for my coloring. But I love your suggestions for shaking it up a bit!

  27. The Cape House
    February 18, 2010

    I have been a vicitim of "the fear" of black and navy. Thanks for setting me straight. I think I need to write a book entitled "Everything I know about life I learned from LPC's blog."

  28. ELS
    February 18, 2010

    We were brought up wearing navy with black shoes, it holds no horror for us. But pairing navy and white is a regresive step schoolwards so we wear navy and pink, cream and light or lime green.

    And we talk about it for HOURS. The bliss of this post – have forwarded it to all kinds of sisters.

  29. Pink Julep
    February 18, 2010

    I love to wear navy with either black, nude or brown shoes, but sometimes I go colorful too! Navy is a neutral and as far as I'm concerned its totally awesome to mix neutrals and colors! Ah, love navy!!!

  30. LPC
    February 18, 2010

    Cape House, that makes me very happy. If only one thing you learn that solves a problem comes from me and the other people commenting here, well then we're on the right track. ADG – yeah but you have that whole tie+shirt+jacket thing that I completely don't get. Reggie, thanks for the sage advice. Town and Country, that outfit doesn't sound boring it sounds killer:)

    And, for the record, I wear a gray or light brown scrunchie to match my hair….what! They look OK. I swear they do.

  31. Princess Freckles
    February 18, 2010

    All this talk of sandals is making me depressed. I'm ready for Spring an dloads of navy and sandals!

  32. Patsy
    February 18, 2010

    Genteel Decay – Lands End is carrying the old classic Tretorn Nylites this season.

    I would not recommend them with a navy suit, however. ;-)

  33. barbour and madras
    February 18, 2010

    Totally agree! Mummy (who learned from her mummy) recommended black patent with my navy blue shift. But love red shoes with navy dresses. The orange pump in the picture would be fab.

    I have those gray & yellow Tretorns (and the pink ones too). Love Tretorns (wore them with my tennis whites as a child at tennis camp). They are becoming very popular again…

  34. Marcela
    February 18, 2010

    I love the nude high heels you chose in your polyvore and that would probably be my choice for a dress. I suppose with a suit I would wear black or dye some shoes navy (I have done that in the past with great results).
    Regarding jeans, I love the pop of color. I wear mine -dark wash- with red or green flats and I love how it looks.

  35. Headbands and Hand Bags
    February 18, 2010

    You are fantastic! I have had this very question myself! I usually go for color, but sometimes orange and red are not meant for a formal occasion, where a formal navy will be worn. Black it will be after your blessing!

  36. Tish Jett
    February 18, 2010

    Whoa, wait just one minute: You've forgotten the famous spectators, i.e. navy and white, spiffy AND WASPy. Am I right or am I right?

    And yes of course black and navy. Personally, I have a thing for patent leather, but that's just me.

    OK, my chere, please pop over I have a cadeau for you.

    Merci par avance.


  37. Buckeroomama
    February 18, 2010

    It's great to see the many different options there are that would go well with navy.

  38. Vix
    February 18, 2010

    Hey now — Rachel's dress is midnight blue, not navy; as a result, she has more leeway to pair it with that particular brown. /color pedant

    For a REAL navy, I am with the other posters who like black, dark brown, or cordovan if it's a dress suit fabric. I also love eggplant, preferably in patent. I think a tortoiseshell or leopard print could be pretty awesome, though I am not tawny enough for either.

    I don't like a bright shoe with navy unless it's a more casual fabric, and I don't like a light shoe unless it's a skirt/dress and the "light" is close to one's skin tone.

    But then I'm much more conservative about shoes than I am about…hmmmm, anything.

    That aside, some of the other colors I love with navy = jadite, turquoise, olive/baby fern/pine/teal greens, medium pink, dove grey, marigold, icy pale blue, and lavender.

  39. Elie’s Papel
    February 18, 2010

    love those concept boards… have a nice weekend!

  40. Jill
    February 20, 2010

    Your search terms and mine must be total polar opposites!

    Yay to bronze…

  41. Anonymous
    February 21, 2010

    I am late coming to this post and this is a bit of a hijack..but what shoes are best with a seersucker suit?

  42. LPC
    February 21, 2010

    Anonymous, I assume you mean women's seer sucker? Blue and white? I wore spectators, in the same colors, with my sole seersucker skirted suit. But that was not for corporate life. I have never worked for a company where seersucker skirt suits would be appropriate for women. Really even pants suits either. For recreation, you have more leeway. If not spectators, I'd probably go for nude shoes.

  43. Alyssa
    September 27, 2010

    I have a beautiful navy dress, I wore red open toes pumps in the summer with it. I am planning on wearing it again in November, but since it's sleeveless, i think I'll need a cardigan to wear. Any suggestions on colors for shoes/cardigan? Thanks

    2:41 pm
    Lisa said...

    A pale blue?

  44. Annylb
    November 24, 2012

    I enjoyed your banter about the Navy Blue options – what fun!

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