Can You Wear Navy Blue Shoes With Bright Blue Clothes?

Actress Blake Lively pairs a bright cobalt suit with navy shoes at an event at Barney's New York.
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Slipping on a pair of navy shoes with royal blue clothes may feel like a fashion faux pas, but it’s actually a stylish step. Don’t shy away from a monochromatic look -- going head to toe in one color family yields a polished, put-together finish.

1 Make It Work

The key to monochromatic dressing is balancing lighter and darker hues, so ground your look with navy and let bright blue be the star of the show. A vivid cobalt dress with navy pumps works particularly well when further enhanced with a navy-blue satchel to tie the look together. You can also bring in additional shades of blue when building an ensemble -- rock navy blue heels with a royal blue skirt and a cornflower button-down for a monochromatic outfit that’s perfect for spring.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.