Navy Accessories: A New Twist on “Something Blue”


Baby blue has long been the traditional choice for the “something blue” that every bride is to wear on her wedding day. However, it’s far from the only option, and one trend in bridal fashions and accessories is providing today’s brides with a variety of fresh ways to interpret the classic bridal rhyme. Navy blue accessories and accents are showing up everywhere from bridal jewelry to garters, providing a sophisticated twist on something blue. Whether you opt for a touch of navy that no one but the groom will see or a stunning sapphire ring, navy is a chic choice.

Three Stone Sapphire Engraved Ring, 14K White GoldNot sure how to incorporate the navy trend? Here are a few ideas to try:

Navy shoes offer a pop of unexpected, rich color as you walk and, depending on the style you choose, you can wear them again. Try a classic navy pep-toe pump for timeless elegance or go for a heel with a bit of a platform for a modern twist. Strappy sandals also look chic in navy. If you prefer a more subtle approach, try shoes with navy soles for a touch of blue that will be seen from behind as you walk down the aisle.

Navy hair accessories range from tiny to bold, providing options for many tastes. If you’re looking for a more demure touch, try tiny flowers, bows, barrettes or combs; if you’d like your hair to garner more attention, try a more elaborate floral piece or even a British-inspired fascinator. You could also wear a navy headband or a tiara with dark blue stones.

A navy garter is a sophisticated surprise. Try one in solid navy or opt for a combination of white lace and dark blue satin.

Sapphire jewelry can serve as something blue on your wedding day and as a gorgeous accessory for decades to come. Sapphire and diamond rings are increasingly popular picks for engagement rings, but no matter what your engagement ring looks like you can add a touch of sapphire to your bridal look. Consider a timeless sapphire solitaire or three stone ring for a more classic look or go with an elaborate vintage style that overflows with feminine charm. Sapphire pendants and earrings are also excellent options.

Art Deco Sapphire Engagement Ring, 14K White GoldNavy embroidery can take many forms, from bold designs borrowed from the Victorian Era to your wedding date stitched in simple script. If you’re feeling daring, have a navy motif embroidered above the hem of your dress; if not, try a handkerchief stitched with a small design or a few navy accents on your sash or waistband. Or, have your wedding date embroidered in the lining of your dress.

A navy ribbon can be worked into your wedding-day look in a number of ways. For instance, you could tie one in your hair or around your bouquet, or use one to fasten a vintage pendant around your neck.

Don’t limit your options for “something blue” to baby blue! Navy accessories are on-trend, classy picks, giving modern brides fresh ways to interpret a classic rhyme.