Outfit Of The Day (In The Navy)

Everyone has a certain “easy outfit” equation, don’t they? And nuh no no no, I am not talking about some little hot pink spandex number that your BFF is pretty sure was being sold as a mini skirt but you’ve cleverly decided to ignore her and wear it as a dress instead because you are creative and a total DIY’er, darnit–oh no.  (And if you think I am talking about that, you should probably quickly exit this blog as I haven’t worn anything Spandex-y since I was 25 years old–or roughly 27.34 days after I got married, of course.)
I am talking about an outfit you grab to wear when don’t want to think too hard but you know it will instantly work and look decent.  It also might make you a bit happy to wear it, like cupcake-scented rainbow kittens will fall out of the sky the minute you (wearing said outfit) step outside. Know what I mean?
(And well hey—while cupcake-scented rainbow kittens might not always fall out of the sky when you wear said outfit, at least maybe someone will politely hold the door open for you somewhere. Or say thank you to you when you  hold the door open for them.  Maybe. We can only ask for so much in this world, hm?)
I think it is pretty safe to say that my “easy outfit” equation lately has been a pretty blouse + skirt + pumps.  Or (when I feel really randy and wild, readers!) a pretty blouse + shorts + pumps.  I just really like it.  The over-abundance of sheer, wispy lace and chiffon blouses this season has been a bit of a godsend for me too, since if I am wearing something short on bottom I always like to be a bit more covered up top. The sheer, breathable fabric on these floaty tops makes it so I still look covered-up while not turning into a steamy, sweaty, rumpled hot mess. Genius!
Everyone also has a certain color they hate wearing, right?  For me it is definitely cooler-blue colors, like navy.  Something about it screams, “Bland! Start taking yourself seriously, sucker! You’d better take yourself seriously, you bland-y bland serious-y bland person, or else!”

Kind of like this:

Nothing wrong or offensive with ol’ Hills herself, by the way, but I do think she is a great embodiment of why I simply don’t gravitate very often towards the color navy.  It is not as if she is prancing around in her navy suit, smart little kitten heels, and puffed-up hairdo yelling, “Look at me!  I’m all  wild and fashiony!”–she isn’t. Homegirl doesn’t dress for anyone’s fashion critiques; that’s not her job nor is it who she wants to be, point taken. You just keep doing you, girl. 

But at the same time, it’s almost as if navy also doesn’t dress for anyone’s fashion critiques. The color itself doesn’t exactly wow or stun; navy isn’t the part of any holiday decor, it isn’t any child’s favorite color.

In fact, I really do think Crayola should change the crayon named “navy” to “Navy, Brought To You And Sponsored By Hillary Clinton”.  Or since that might not fit on the actual crayon (you do bring up a good point) they can just call it  “Hilly Clinton Blue”.  It’ll even fit nicely in the crayon box, right between “Mac n’ Cheese Orange” and “Oh ‘Cry Me A River’ Cerulean, You Justin Timberlake Hooligan”, ta-ta-ta-da.

Nothing significantly memorable, beautiful, or glamorous has ever happened in navy. Sure, things have happened with the color, but Scarlett O’Hara didn’t descend the staircase in a navy dress (heaven forbid those curtains had been navy or else we’d likely be watching Gone With The Sinned), Marilyn Monroe didn’t stand coquettishly over a windy subway grate in a navy dress, and I certainly didn’t sit here and type up this inane post about how the only great thing a woman has (apparently) accomplished in this crazy world is look pretty in all one million colors of the rainbow except navy WHILE WEARING THE COLOR NAVY MYSELF, THANK YOU VERY MUCH. 
Oh but wait–I am.
(See?  Nothing great has ever happened while wearing the color navy–nothing! And my ultra-feminist mom is probably crying right now as she reads this, except she’s an ultra-feminist and I don’t think she cries. So she’s probably…groaning? While trying not to cry?) (And hopefully not wearing the color navy!) (Sorry, ma.)
So let’s get to it. I grabbed the navy blouse that I am wearing below at a huge mega-sale Amazon was having last month for something ridiculous, like $15.  For $15, why not give navy a try–especially since I do appreciate a good challenge in life, to conquer certain fears even if they only come out of my choice of apparel and not by doing something super valiant and brave like kissing a baby, finishing a marathon, or getting over my ungodly fear of fish goldfish.
What, you climbed Mt. Everest?  Yeah, well I AM WEARING THE COLOR NAVY (and made my poor mother cry; and thought about goldfish and hyperventilated a little bit, creepywilliesblaaghhck). IT IS SO TOUGH unnnnh, yeah, sha na na na, I’D GIVE YOU A HI-FIVE but that would be pretty darn foolish because I think everyone knows you can’t hi-five while wearing the color navy (it’s in the US Constitution, I’m sure of it) so a good firm handshake with some Purell after will do nicely instead, yes thanks.
Oh hell, let’s break some rules. Here it is un-accessorized:

{I’m head-tilty mcgee today.  I SAID TILTY.}

And then accessorized a bit, juuuust the way I like it.  What do you know?  I kind of like you, Hillary Clinton Blue; perhaps it is time to call a truce:
Blouse: Patterson J Kincaid (similar style here) (and here) (and here)
Belt: Forever 21 (buy it here)
Skirt: Forever 21 (similar style here) (and here for $19.80) (and here) (and here)
Necklace: Express (similar style here for $14)  (and here for $11) (love this too + take 20% off with rep code “20OFFDISC”)
Cuff: Forever 21 (similar style here)
Pumps: Manolo Blahnik Uliepe Heels (buy them here) (similar style here) (and here under $100)
Bag: Chloe Paraty in Rosewood (similar style here) (and here by Marc Jacobs) (and a fun option here for under $100)

(Totally have The Village People now stuck in your head like me? Unstick it!)

What is your favorite “easy outfit” equation?  Share in the comments!

  • Chloe

    Lady Cardigan – you snuck in when I was typing up responses! Thank you, and what a great tip!

  • Chloe

    BeautyGirl24 – Shh, I also recently bought a navy jacket, too. Don't tell anyone, hee hee hee. ;)

    PetiteLittleGirl – I probably wear my yellow shoes more than one should ever wear such a bright shoe, but oh I love them too. Thank you!

    Jenn – Thank you!

    Ashley – I did color my hair! I'm back to being mostly blonde, although not 100% by choice. Looong story, but thank you!

    Michelle – Thank you!

    Jillian – Aw, thanks!

    Mary Ann – Thanks! :)

    B.Inspired – I know, I can't believe I found the skirt at F21 either! It's probably one of the best F21 finds I've ever made–I wear it so much, it's kind of ridiculous.

    Kate Jackson – Hee hee, great minds DO think alike, indeed. I'm not sure if I could ever live in Texas though – the heat and my obsessive love of jackets and blazers would make it tough!

    theanthropologieconnoisseur – Thank you! And I think that's the funny thing about colors–I know people who flat out refuse to wear yellow (like me with navy) and I just can't quite understand it. Makes the world go round, I suppose.

    Kelsey – You're welcome and thank YOU for leaving such a sweet comment! And you've reminded me–I need more LBD's. I have dresses in every other color of the rainbow…

    Rayna J – Aw, THANK YOU! You win for my most favorite comment ever, LOL. <3

    Sarah – Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! <3

    Veronika – Thank you, darling!

    MellyB – Hahaha, I was actually (totally) worried that the picture of Hillary Clinton showing up in the reader was going to freak people out and I almost deleted it…whew. :D

    Mint Julep and Magnolias – *curtsies*

    Samantha – Thank you so much! And after all the good feedback here, I an definitely feeling the urge to incorporate some more navy into wardrobe.

    Purses and Puppies – Thank you so much!

    Sarah – LOL! Glad to know I'm not the only one that bungles words and then goes back and edits. I'm definitely an edit-button fiend sometimes, eek!

    ajr – *curtsies again*

    RosaLovesDC – Hahahaha, I BET. She's actually a pretty lady, I think, but it's pretty obvious that she is awkward with The Fashion. But I'm sure if she were better at it, people would give her hell for being too-appearance-focused a la Sarah Palin in 2008 or a la the Michelle Obama Alexander McQueen debacle earlier this year. All jokes aside, I think it'd be kind of tough to be a female politician. I've almost never heard of anyone critiquing a male politician on their clothing choices unless, you know–they decide to go completely unclothed while facebooking or twittering to their unwives. Yipes.

    Carol– Hahaha, yay! We can be Scared Of Fish buddies! I once almost hyperventilated and turned myself into a Freak Show of Panic spectacle when in the aquarium at the zoo here in Denver, definitely NOT my proudest moment. Something about the oogly eyes and mouths randomly opening…*twitches*

  • Lady Cardigan

    This was hilarious. There are SO MANY colors that look awful on me (cream/ivory, brown, orange, yellow, etc), and navy is one of the few I feel I can wear without looking like a zombie. It can help to pair a top of a bad color with one that's good, if the plenty of the good color is visible near your face.

  • Carol

    You look adorable, Chloe – and omg, I am also afraid of fish – goldfish particularly. Just typing that made me shudder. Ugh. Wow, I thought I was the only one…hahaha. Nice to know I'm in good company. ^_-

  • RosaLovesDC

    Theist post is hysterical! When What Not to Wear came to DC, I almost wanted to nominate Hilary Clinton. I've seen the woman IRL and she needs a makeover badly.

  • ajr

    oh, chloe, you are a crazy crazy lady. and i love you. :)

  • Sarah

    Ugh, you'd think I never took an English or writing class. What I mean is that "You. Gorgeous." Who cares WHY? (Good gravy, I'm mortified to have left such an awkward comment earlier.)

    all the best! xo

  • purses and puppies

    i dont think any of your outfits are boring. even w/o accessories you look great. my go-to outfit is usually cuffed shorts, a tank and cardigan and some abercrombie flip flops- because they are the only shoes that wont give my blisters after walking miles

  • Samantha

    I love the color navy! I feel like it's a better take on black (maybe even the new black)! And it looks great on you!

    My easy outfit equation isn't really even an equation. Dress (+ heels + accessories). Nothing really to even match – that's how simple it is!


  • mint juleps and magnolias

    I don't think anyone has ever made me laugh so hard about the color navy…

    Your OOTD is lovely, btw! :)

  • MellyB

    This might be one of my very favorite outfits. You look beautiful!

    Was a little surprised this morn when I saw Hillary smiling back at me on my reader. Girl knows how to rock the navy suit.

  • Veronika

    oh god those shoes…I just love them so much—and i love navy and i love you IN navy! great color on you—love the pairing w/the lace skirt!

  • Sarah

    Not sure why, but you look breathtaking in these pictures. Just had to stop by and compliment. Gorgeous x 100.

  • Rayna J

    Chloe! As I was looking at these pics I couldn't understand why I was nearly bouncing up and down with excitement and then I realized it's because you look like Tinkerbell!! A real-life sophisticated Tinkerbell, but still the same sassy fairy that everyone wishes would sprinkle them with pixie dust. All of this to say, I love your hair (the color and style!).

  • Kelsey

    I love navy! I agree it can sometimes be a bit boring but it always makes me think of a cute stripey sailor top. I also love the way you used it here with the white skirt :) My go-to outfit would probably be a LBD accessorized depending on my mood. Thanks again for another entertaining post. You always make me laugh!

  • theanthropologieconnoisseur

    As always with your posts, this post was an absolute joy to read, although I disagree with you about navy – I think it can be an utterly fabulous color (although on Hillary Clinton…)! :)

  • Kate Jackson

    Wow, this whole thing cracked me up. I have actually detested the color navy for a while, but ended up with several navy pieces recently. I guess it's never too late to embrace a new color, right? GREAT outfit, by the way.
    And my go-to right now is definitely cuffed shorts with a lightweight top, sometimes a cardigan if I'm feeling crazy (I do live in Texas, after all), and pumps or wedges. I guess great minds think alike!

  • B.Inspired

    On days when I don't want to think but still look stylish it's my black seasonless wool sheath dress with my red louboutins! I cannot believe you found that blouse for $15 and that skirt??? I've found great pieces at F21 but that seriously looks like something I'd find at Saks from Nanette Lepore! Great find!!

  • Mary Ann

    I think navy looks really pretty on you – especially contrasting with your super-light hair!

  • jillian

    i think it looks fab, the skirt perfects the look! xoxo

  • Michelle

    You look great! I am drooling over the skirt! This was a great way to wear navy!

    My easy outfit for work in the warmer months is a shell top / skirt / heels

  • ashley

    Love your outfits.. but I love them all!
    Did you color your hair? It looks lighter??? Loves* ;)

  • Jenn

    I agree that navy looks really dowdy whenever its done in a whole suit from head to toe. But when you do it like the way you did, with some contrasting colors it goes from dowdy to chic in an instant. I love the skirt and the brown accents with the navy.

    Complex Cardigans

  • PetiteLittleGirl

    That skirt is awesome, Chloe. I can't believe it's from F21. I am loving your yellow shoes too. Looking fab as always =)

  • Beautygirl24

    Hahaha, you crack me up! I happen to LOVE the color navy! Why? It's close to black! I actually just bought a navy blazer today Chloe! It's not like ol' Hills though, much more modern I would say (and hope!)

    I think my go-to outfit is top+jeans+pumps.

    I love the outfit you are wearing, very pretty and feminine.

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