This ensemble serves as colour inspiration more than anything else. I recently saw actress Piper Perabo wear an ink blue suit with a peach blouse, brown shoes and clutch on TV show “Covert Affairs”. I was very inspired by the combination for my clients who do not enjoy wearing black, grey, and shades of white. Shades of orange look fabulous with shades of blue, so combining the pastel with navy makes sense. 

Here are the components: 

Bottoms: You’re after bottoms, trousers or a skirt, in navy or ink blue. By all means throw in a pinstripe, tweedy texture, sparkle, jacquard, or tonal blue pattern. Dark blue jeans are another way to go. I bat for Team Faded Jeans, so I popped faded blue boyfriend jeans into the ensemble, just to change things up. 

Tops: You’re after any style of peach top that works with the silhouette of the bottoms. Knitwear, shirt, blouse, knitted top, or tee. Dressy or casual. If peach is not your colour, a rich burnt orange or shade of muted coral is another option. 

Footwear: Think shades of chocolate brown, chestnut and cognac, in styles like booties, shooties, pumps, loafers, oxfords or flats. Knee-high or mid-calf boots could work with the skirt. And animal print footwear is a punchy alternative. 

Topper: Think ink blue or navy blazer, moto jacket, sweater coat, denim jacket, trench coat, or wool coat. Any style topper at all, really. Mixed media and pinstripes could be fun. 

Accessories: Finish off the outfit with a brown handbag. Match the shade of brown with the footwear or incorporate another shade of brown. Or add a brown patterned bag. Finish off with jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired. Rose gold and yellow gold look particularly nice with this palette. 

Although I haven’t shown it here, you can turn the formula upside down and wear peach or burnt orange bottoms with a navy or ink blue top. 

I’ve wanted to add a peach blouse or pullover to my wardrobe for a while, but got sidetracked with light blue and blush as “my pastels”. I’ve got the ink blue covered, so maybe 2014 will be my year for peach.

Navy with Peach and Brown