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What can I wear with a plain navy dress to avoid looking like a matronly nun?

(48 Posts)
BeckyAndTina Fri 23-Dec-16 14:24:03

I ordered this dress, it fits, it's comfortable but it is very plain and I feel it looks like a nun's habit ( Catholic upbringing, had about 3 great aunts that were nuns, though none wore such short dressessmile).
What can I wear it with to make it less plain? What colour tights? Boots? Shoes? Or should I send it back?

TooMinty Fri 23-Dec-16 14:26:50

Biker style boots like Fly London. Chunky bead necklace in a bold colour (orange?)

TooMinty Fri 23-Dec-16 14:27:31

Not brogues and a wimple!

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Fri 23-Dec-16 14:27:38

Black opaques, black heeled ankle boots and a black biker/velvet/embellished jacket?

Bluntness100 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:28:17

I'd do high suede knee high boots with it and a long silver necklace.

BeckyAndTina Fri 23-Dec-16 14:29:04

Not got a wimple, but was thinking of wearing it with burgundy clarks brogues. Maybe not then! hmm

Cheesymonster Fri 23-Dec-16 14:30:49

Bright scarf?

Rudymentary Fri 23-Dec-16 14:31:53

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TooMinty Fri 23-Dec-16 14:34:54

I think you should avoid sensible looking footwear - either go for rock/biker style or glamorous.

HardcoreLadyType Fri 23-Dec-16 14:35:13

I wear quite a few dresses like that for work. I would wear it with navy blue tights and tan ankle boots with a block heel.

OccasionalNachos Fri 23-Dec-16 14:35:14

Navy and burgundy don't often go together well. Grey/silver footwear would be better

TooMinty Fri 23-Dec-16 14:36:18

It's a lovely dress by the way!

Bluntness100 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:37:32

I think brogues may cement the whole nun look. Sorry,,,,

Patriciathestripper1 Fri 23-Dec-16 14:38:25

Chunky gold sparkly necklace thin gold belt, put your hair up with some sparkly clips and wear some nice heels that are comfy with some hold up stockings and matching sexy bra and undies.

fledglingFTB Fri 23-Dec-16 14:47:35

Metallic or leopard ballet flats would look fun

I never know what colour tights to wear with navy?! confused

rightknockered Fri 23-Dec-16 14:49:26

This is why I stopped with the navy and reverted back to black...

Deux Fri 23-Dec-16 14:54:18

A long necklace/ pendant that goes down past your boobs. That will create a V-shape on your top half and take away from the matronly look.

Strappy heels for a dressy look.

HeddaGabbler Fri 23-Dec-16 14:55:27

It's a nice dress. I'd wear black ankle boots and gold jewelly.

BeckyAndTina Fri 23-Dec-16 15:17:24

Thank you for all those great ideas! I have lots of sensible shoes so I ' ll get some non- sensible ones in the sale.

Do you think navy ankle boots would be any good for a day look?

I have brown ankle boots. With light brown tights? Or will I look like a nun sitting on a tree stump? smile

I really like the idea of a long necklace, so you think chunky or delicate? Any ideas where I could get one?

GirlOverboard Fri 23-Dec-16 15:18:55

Navy and yellow look good together. I'd have two accessories (statement necklace/skinny waist belt/heels/clutch bag) in bright yellow and the rest in cream, tan or metallic.

BeckyAndTina Fri 23-Dec-16 15:56:01

For a smarter look: are these sensible or okay?

RemusLupinsChristmasMovie Fri 23-Dec-16 16:04:08

Absolutely no to brown tights, I think.

GiddyGiddyGoat Fri 23-Dec-16 16:08:23

No to the green shoes!
Tan, grey, silver, gold or leopard print !

mistermagpie Fri 23-Dec-16 16:12:05

I've got a dress like that and wear it with navy tights, tan boots and a sort of multicoloured scarf that goes with the boots. I only wear it to work though so can look a bit dull and it doesn't matter!

QueenofLouisiana Fri 23-Dec-16 18:03:31

I wear a lot of navy (capsule wardrobe). I wear silver or grey shoes or boots. I tend to wear either light grey or cream as an accent colour.

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