color consulting, color analysis, image consulting, accessoriesStyle Solution:  Navy can be an effective, flattering neutral for just about everyone.  For the optimal, personalized look, accessorize a basic navy outfit with elements that repeat or relate to your hair color. Here are examples for blondes, red-heads and silver-haired gals …

Personalize NAVY
navy for redheads
Navy accessorized with gray
NOTE: These items, from an on-line fashion collage site, represent a color concept and are not intended to promote these specific pieces.
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About Nancy Nix Rice

I help other women feel confident about how they look every day - regardless of their age, budget, lifestyle or the size tag in their pants - so they put wardrobe concerns on the back burner and go share their gifts with the world.

7 Comments

  1. Marlette Louisin on March 16, 2017 at 5:39 am

    A beautiful example of how wonderfully selected ‘accents” can change with personal coloring using navy, a common neutral favorite.

    I have used navy as my neutral for most of my adult life. I’m happy to see that my perfect colors, whatever they are, will work with my navy clothing items.

    Thank you , Nancy.

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 16, 2017 at 8:40 am

      An interesting factoid – adding just a bit of warm color to any outfit can usually move it in a much warmer direction. So adding camel or rust to navy will soften and warm the whole look. But it doesn’t work in reverse. I could add all the navy touches you could imagine to a camel outfit and it wouldn’t cool the effect at all.
      You can apply this same strategy with black clothing as well, although the black base tends to be more harsh (and aging) than the navy.

  2. Sue P. on March 17, 2017 at 11:19 am

    In my perfect world, we’d have many more shades of brown, since so many of us have brown hair. I hate navy, since it’s been used so much as a standard for uniforms, etc., especially the navy suit/white shirt combo. Dark navy is to me almost as harsh as black, which I’m also tired of. But yes, I can add better colors to it. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 17, 2017 at 11:39 am

      The lack of good brown options in the marketplace – both as yardage and in RTW garments – is what prompted me to get into the online fabric sales biz in the first place and to work on launching a made-to-order clothing line to help my non-sewing clients. Imagine my reaction when fabric mills and distributors all told me I didn’t want to buy brown (and they didn’t want to make it) because “everybody knows brown doesn’t sell”. How, you might ask, could it sell if it isn’t in the stores for us to buy? We were finally able to have chocolate and caramel ponte knit custom-dyed for us (a big, scary 550 yard minimum!) and are looking to the same with taupe, a sandy camel and a softer navy in the future. Tell everyone you know to buy our ponte so we can afford the investment in those other key colors.

  3. PAMELA NEWMAN on March 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Nancy – I really enjoy these weekly posts. I agree that there is way too much black (and white) out there, while it is not the best color for many of us. I would like to see Cabi start offering more clothing in the other colors you talked about. Speaking of Cabi, is there going to be another group sales event, or are you going to hold one? Thanks, Pam

    • Nancy Nix Rice on March 19, 2017 at 8:05 am

      I quit selling Cabi about a year ago for that very reason. I reached out several times to their senior management and design team, offering to fly out to California on my own dime to talk with them about being more color-inclusive. But they just weren’t interested. In the entire time I sold the line they had one brown legging and one brown corduroy blazer — you probably own both of them 🙂 — and a tweedy brown sweater. That’s all. They offer cute styles, nice quality and fair prices … but the obsession with black/white/bright is just too frustrating. Wish I had a replacement to suggest.

      • PAMELA NEWMAN on March 19, 2017 at 4:40 pm

        You’re right – you did sell me the brown corduroy blazer. It’s unfortunate you couldn’t convince them. They lost a wonderful representative!

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