I’m Smitten With Navy

5 Things I'm Smitten With
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Boots
One of my favorite clothing sure-stops is Madewell. As a subsidiary of J. Crew, the parent company describes their baby as “a modern-day interpretation of an American denim label founded in 1937.” I’ve dubbed it the cooler, more bohemian version of the Crew. If I need a new piece, I hightail it over there and grab a pair of jeans, a stylish but comfortable top, or even any of their funky yet classic jewelry, and I’m all set. On the most recent visit, I spied a pair of booties worthy of my recent navy obsession. These boots are a perfect mash-up of dark and dark with a little fall suede thrown in for fun. PLUS they’re named Night Vision. How cool is that?!?! What more do you need to pick up a pair for yourself but hurry cause sizes are going fast!

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Nail Polish
Navy is THE reason to paint your nails dark for the season. It’s not only chic, but also gorgeously glamorous. NARS has a navy color that I’m particularly smitten with. It’s rich in the blues but with an added sparkle that will have your paws looking like a million bucks. The glitter effect is minimal but festive so you can rock this at your holiday get together or daily working at your desk. Display the dark colors that are en vogue but with a twist enough to make someone say “ooh…what color is that?!?” It’s Night Flight thank you very much.

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Clothing

Navy is the new black and this winter is your chance to get hip to that. Instead of always sticking with the jet-black, go with the ink instead. The chicest way to wear the hue is pair your outfit with a splash of color. To avoid looking like the American flag, opt out of the traditional red or white and get creative. Got a perfect navy dress? Try accessorizing with turquoise jewelry and even a pair of turquoise heels. I’m also partial to bright yellow or green with a great dark shade as your background. Pair dark jeans or navy slacks with a navy top and then a colored sweater to break it up. Patterns are also really fun. Find a fun blouse with navy in it’s print and show it off peeking out under a navy sweater. If you’re new to navy and are shy about brights, the perfect winter mix is a great grey and navy. Play with textures for sweaters or scarves to add dimension to your otherwise classic ensemble.

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Decor

Forget boring beige for your home decor. The newest neutral is crisp, cool, and making everything look shipshape. I, myself, admit to having daydreams about a dark navy living room, complete with a navy velvet couch and cushions. Dramatic I know, but beautifully elegant and inviting. If a full-on navy-toned room makes you hyperventilate, consider painting just one accent wall, accessorizing the blue with a lighter neutral like white to freshen up the darkness, or keep things on the plainer side and use the blue hue as your accent for everything from pillow to rugs. Navy is surprisingly snuggly and will have you questioning why you were so afraid of the dark.

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Makeup

To take the trend at face value start with swapping your eyeliner or mascara for the navy one instead. My favorite dramatic way to use navy is to do a smoky eye version for a sexy night on the town. Check out this quick how-to video to get it just right:

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