Could it be that blue is the new black? After all, it’s less harsh, and carries an air of serious sophistication for work, rest or play, says Penny Fray
If owning more than a dozen items of clothing was suddenly banned or, more realistically, I only had space in my weekend bag for a couple of work outfits, then top of the list would be a navy frock followed closely by a pair of denim jeans and a classic blue blazer.
Elegant, dramatic and directional. Navy offers all those things and more. Versatile and trans-seasonal, it can be dressed up or down and goes with virtually any other colour. But while the heat’s still on, you’re best pairing it with white or pink.
Oh, and before I go did I mention it’s more forgiving than black on tired faces? Need I say more? Thought not.
Derek Lam’s black, navy and white colour-block dress is crafted from smooth silk-georgette. Cut with a flattering wrap-effect front, this fluid design has a detachable leather belt to define your waist. Team it with ankle boots and a simple shoulder bag. From RO535 at Net-a-Porter
Mango’s suede ankle boot will never date. Wear yours with a bare leg and knee-length dress for bonus fashion points. From RO48
Inject your look with a bit of easy glamour with this weave and sparkle necklace from Very. It can be adjusted to suit everything from tees to plunging necklines. From RO13.5
Who cares that the skinny has been trumped by the flared jean this autumn? Slim-fitting denim remains a wardrobe essential. This Vero Moda pair at Get the Label is a bargain at RO9
Leave it to Zara to cleverly reinvent the classic shopping tote. This bag is big enough to carry everything but the kitchen sink. From RO18.5
Tom Ford’s midnight-blue, velvet blazer is a sophisticated alternative to your classic tuxedo jacket. Flawlessly tailored for the perfect slim fit, it’s the ultimate investment buy to pass down to your most worthy daughter. Wear yours with flared denims or culottes. From RO840
Front-row fashionistas are swapping black for blue as the colour to show chic. Here’s why:
1. If price per wear, and sustainability issues injure your conscience then shopping for navy is a helpful antidote. Buy blue well and it will last and last.
2. It’s a fashion myth that you can’t wear navy with darker neutrals such as black, grey or brown. Just consider combining pieces with different textures to keep dull shades from bleeding together.
3. Fashion’s focus on florals continues to flourish well into autumn. Buy navy-based blooms to be bang on trend.