Of all the colors in our closet, navy is probably one of the toughest to style. The dark blue shade doesn't easily lend itself to being paired with many other colors of shoes, bags, and accessories we may have laying around. For one, wearing black and navy has long been deemed a style faux pas because of how close the two colors are to one another. While we don't agree that they should never be worn together, we'll be the first to admit that it's a tricky color combo. An even more common style situation to run into than wearing black and navy together is wearing a navy dress and styling it accordingly.
We wanted to take the guessing out of it, so today we're showing you exactly which color shoes to wear with each navy dress, from a casual frock to a floor-length formal gown. There's no denying that Net-a-Porter and Shopbop are two of our favorite online shopping destinations. We even scroll through the sites to get general outfit inspiration too, even when we're not necessarily shopping. We happen to be fans of how they always style their items in a way that makes us want the entire look.
With that in mind, we took to the site to inspire how we'll be styling our navy dresses from now on. Ahead, see the dress-and-shoe combinations that just always work.
1. Black Mules
Reformation Sofia Dress ($198)
Re/Done 70's Classic Clogs ($415)
The surprising trend fashion girls are taken with.
Villa Rouge Ballerina Mules ($54)
Ballet flats have never looked cuter, TBH.
2. White Sandals
Frankie Shop Dakota Grain de Poudre Maxi Dress ($215)
Birkenstock Arizona Hex Slide Sandal ($150)
It doesn't get any easier than a pair of slides like these.
Open Edit Otto Slide Sandal ($40)
These are way cheaper than they look.
3. Metallic Sandals
Ramy Brook Audrey Dress ($425)
Marc Fisher Dami Strappy Sandal ($60)
Sandals with square toes are *the* style to try this year.
Jeffrey Campbell Glamorous Sandal ($140)
A wraparound ankle strap always looks so chic.
4. Black Slide Sandals
Sleeper Belle Linen Dress in Navy ($280)
Tkees Sloan Slides ($75)
These look easily twice their price.
Sam Edelman Garson Slide Sandal ($56)
Who What Wear readers can't get enough of this Nordstrom buy.
5. Tall Beige Boots
Sea Heidi Heart Quilt Cotton Apron Midi Dress ($425)
By Far Este Boots ($540)
No one does timeless accessories quite like BY FAR.
André Assous Etta Water Resistant Mid Calf Boot ($167)
Lug-sole boots are the trend everyone's after about right now.
6. Clear Heels
Rotate Birger Christensen Alma Gathered Satin-Jacquard Midi Dress ($430)
Amina Muaddi Holli Glass PVC and leather slingback pumps ($770)
If Cinderella were set in 2021.
Good American Clear Block Heel Clear Straps Sandals ($195)
The definition of "naked" heels.
7. Low Brown Heels
Caroline Constas Gianna Mini Dress ($365)
Chelsea Paris Slash Sandals ($380)
That heel shape, though.
Staud Simone Mules ($265)
Easy and elevated.
8. Chunky Black Boots
Bp. Button Down Shirtdress ($25)
Dr. Martens Jadon Boots ($180)
Mango Platform Boots ($50)
These were big last fall and, surprise, they're back again this year.
9. White Sneakers
Xirena Boden Dress ($226)
Superga 2750 Tank Sneakers ($75)
There's a reason these never go "out".
Veja V-10 Sneaker ($150)
A French-girl favorite.
This story was published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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