A Navy Sweater is a Safe Go-To: But That Doesn’t Mean it’s Boring

These fits are anything but dull.

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Is there a safer color in menswear than navy? I don’t know about you, but I have to make an active choice when shopping to not buy navy. Otherwise, my wardrobe will be full of the color. I just know that everything in that shade is gonna look good on me and go with most of what I already own.

And of all the navy items, a navy sweater is probably the safest. A quality piece will look good with the full range of smart and casual outfits.

There are a few things I look out for when wearing a navy sweater. I like pairing one with grays and other shades of blue. Neutral colors also go well with navy and the two beige chinos outfits in the list below are among my favorites.

Sometimes I’ll wear an outfit that is mostly navy, whether because I’ve worn dark jeans or navy chinos. When this is the case I’ll usually take steps to break the outfit up a bit so it doesn’t appear too monotone.

In the rest of this article we’ll explore what to wear with a navy sweater.

What to Wear With a Navy Sweater: 12 Outfits

Navy Chinos

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When you wear navy chinos with a navy sweater you risk the outfit becoming too monotone. You can avoid this by choosing pants and a sweater that are slightly different shades. It’s not that clear in the image but the sweater I’m wearing is slightly speckled with different shades of navy which produces an effect that ensures the colors contrast. I wore a brown shirt underneath which breaks the outfit up further.

A Wool Coat

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A navy sweater is a perfect business casual item, meaning pairing one with a wool coat is a no brainer. This entire outfit is navy other than the shoes and the details from the shirt. But it works because they are all different shades and textures.

A Gray Blazer and Beige Chinos

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Grey and blue always go well together so it makes perfect sense to pair a navy sweater with a grey blazer. I stepped away from navy pants in this outfit and instead went for beige chinos as this is another neutral color that goes great with navy. I finished the outfit off with a pair of white sneakers which stops the outfit from being too stuffy.

A Gray Blazer and Black Jeans

Navy Sweater Grey Blazer Black Jeans
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In the outfit below I paired the same grey blazer and blue sweater with black skinny jeans. I also removed the shirt. I think these changes make the outfit even less formal than the one above. Although, I like the overall darker colors.

Casual Jeans, Boots, and a Jacket

This is the most casual navy sweater outfit so far. I’m still wearing a shirt but its a casual check one rather than a dressier oxford shirt. I’ve also worn regular blue jeans, black desert boots, and a light-colored work jacket. It’s a similar color palette to the outfit above, but at the opposite end of the casual/formal spectrum.

A Navy Jacket

A navy blazer goes as well as a gray blazer when paired with a navy sweater. I stuck with the beige pants from the outfit above to keep the color contrast. I also swapped out the shirt for a white and blue striped dress shirt. I stuck with the trainers but you could wear a pair of dress shoes and the outfit would look just as good.

Black Jeans

Blue Sweater Black Jeans Black Desert Boots
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In this outfit, I paired a slightly brighter sweater with black faded skinny jeans and casual boots. The brighter color of the sweater goes well with the overall casual vibes.

A Denim Jacket

Navy Sweater Black Denim Jacket Indigo Jeans
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I added a black denim jacket to the outfit. Of course you could use any type of denim jacket, although I like how the colors of the black jacket, dark blue jeans, black boots, and navy sweater combine.

Gray Smart Pants

Navy Sweater Gray Jeans Black Shoes
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In this outfit I took advantage of how well gray and blue go together for a simple yet smart fit.

Beige Chinos

This outfit is a slightly more casual version of the one above. The beige pants, brown shoes, and check shirt complement the navy sweater well.

An Overcoat

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A rain coat or mac is a great option to wear over a navy sweater outfit. Especially ones on the smarter end of the spectrum.

A Parka

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When things get colder wear a parka over your navy sweater. This is sure to keep you warm. I like my brown Uniqlo parka, although navy and black would work just as well.

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Duncan Elder

Duncan is the founder and editor-in-chief of The Boardwalk. He's spent the last 15 years developing his own sense of style, which lies at the cross-section of mid-noughties indie and Uniqlo-inspired minimalism.

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