Navy's back in town as colour of 2011

PUBLISHED: 18:17 15 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013

Navy's back in town as colour of 2011

Navy's back in town as colour of 2011

Clear the decks, navy is back in town for a summer of style in the North East, as Vicky Pepys reports


Alexon: Binns Middlesbrough, Robbs, Hexham and Rutherfords, Morpeth.

CC: Alnwick, Berwick, Morpeth, Durham, Yarm, Austin Reed Newcastle and within House of Fraser, MetroCentre, Darlington and Middlesbrough. Tel: 0184557 3120

East: Durham, Morpeth and John Lewis, Newcastle Tel: 0208 8776543

Hobbs Limited Edition is online at and House of Fraser Darlington and MetroCentre

Jonathan Saunders Edition is exclusively at Debenhams Tel: 08445616161

Kaliko is at House of Fraser Darlington, Robbs Hexham, Rutherfords Morpeth, John Lewis Newcastle and Binns Middlesbrough.

Kokin is at Jules B, Jesmond Newcastle.

Kurt Geiger is at Eldon Square Newcastle, MetroCentre Gateshead

Lands End 'Canvas' online and mail order. Tel: 0845 0123000

Michael Michael Kors is at House of Fraser, MetroCentre, Middlesbrough and Darlington.
Wallis nationwide 0845 121 4520

A new fashion season can simplify your whole wardrobe and fine tune your style with one simple act - changing your dress rails from winter to summer. First things first; what hopefully happened around that unexpected heat-filled Easter break was that you ditched your winter greys and blacks, packed away any classics and the pieces still in good nick and put all those bobbly jumpers in a bin bag.

Put away the black you say? What? Black goes with everything! And can be so slimming and cool looking in the heat of the summer.

But dont you feel just a tiny bit fed up of always wearing black? Faced with an almost completely black rail theres an over whelming sense of boredom (if not SAD-ness) at our house. We need colour. Its not easy, theres something of a weaning off process to master. Total abstinence would lead to craving.

But this seasons bold and bright colours dont suit everyone in either colouring or personality. Everywhere you look theres colour blocking and popping so sharp and bright it can make your eyes water. Turquoise with yellow, orange with pink, lime green with purple. And the prints? Over sized, over blown, out of all proportion but full-on fabulous if we dare to try.

A base colour is needed to bring it to wearable level but we dont have to automatically reach for the black. Deep dark navy is just as flattering and yet doesnt seem to tire as quickly as a black. Bring back navy into your summer rail and the rest just follows through. But not everyone likes navy - in fact, some claim to have a deep hatred of it. Is it a reminder of school uniforms?

Forget tight scratchy blazers and shiny acrylic skirts and pants and think of fine crisp cottons, soft linens and silks. Navy is chic and sharp and by adding white, is instantly nautical and a perennial summer favourite. It teams up with all of this seasons colours and print trends and when its worn as a plain, is stunning against both tanned and pale-as-porcelain skin tones.

Bright orange, bright pink and red lips worn against a navy-based outfit and teamed with the many multicoloured heels, wedged and platform sandals are right up to date this season.

Were all allowed a few key ethnic pieces and navy strikes a good balance by allowing popular tribal influenced prints wider usage; ethnic pieces need not be restricted to resort wear; white as a base for resort, navy for town perhaps?

Navy is the starting point for all the summer blue hues and as the season progresses into high summer with real heat then additional whites and the lighter brighter cobalt blues can push navy slightly out of the way.
Returning to the navy basics to welcome in autumn (theres a continuation of oranges and yellows and some new deep reds on the way) then it will have been worth the investment.

And OK, theres a strong monochrome (black and white together) trend predicted too so its not a complete au revior to black; just a casual see yall later. As they say, absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Note: Discarded items not good enough for the charity shops? Then take to the clothing banks; charities can still make money from all the discarded fibres by their weight.

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