Spring Color Crush: Navy

Greetings, and welcome back to 26 Days of Spring Fashion, a style challenge where I share a new spring outfit every day during the month of March!

Today I’m teaming up with JCPenney to style two dresses that are perfect for church services, a spring wedding, or other events you may have coming up this season. They both happen to be one of my favorite spring colors — navy blue — and best part is, they’re both under $50!

Spring Style with JCPenney: Jessica Howard Sleeveless Dots Fit & Flare Dress with Worthington Beckwith Heeled Sandals | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

I’m always a fan of navy, but I particularly love it in the springtime. It’s so classic and elegant, and every bit as versatile as black, but not as harsh. Some women have a hard time wearing black, but just about everyone looks good in navy.

I don’t think I’ve met a polkadot I don’t like, so as soon as I saw this sleeveless dots fit and flare dress, I knew it needed to come home with me. It’s so springy with the filmy chiffon and feminine fit-and-flare style.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Polkadot Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress with white ankle strap sandals | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

I love the pleated detail around the neckline and the way the sleeves are cut under the arms. A lot of sleeveless dresses are cut too deep and can expose your bra, but this one is perfect.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Polkadot Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress with white ankle strap sandals | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

I kept this look simple with white strappy sandals and a white clutch.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Polkadot Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress with white ankle strap sandals | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

Spring Style with JCPenney: Polkadot Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress with white clutch

This dress is perfect for Easter Sunday or other spring events that may be coming up. Throw on a white cardigan, or even a denim jacket if you want to dress it down, and you’re good to go!

Spring Style with JCPenney: Polkadot Chiffon Fit & Flare Dress with white ankle strap sandals | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

Outfit Details:

dress // shoes // bag // similar earrings

If you prefer sleeves, you’ll love this next look. This navy bell sleeve sheath is a little more tailored than the one above, and I can see it working well for the work place, church, or any dressy event that requires more conservative attire.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Liz Claiborne 3/4 Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress with lavender patent Worthington Bristol Pumps Strap Open Toe Stiletto Heels | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

I’m always a fan of a sheath, and this one is super flattering.

The bell sleeves are a nice detail too, and they’re the perfect length — not as likely as a longer sleeve to get dragged through my soup at lunch!

Navy 3/4 Bell Sleeve Sheath

I would typically wear white or nude shoes with navy, but I decided to go for something a little different this time.

These lavender patent sandals are a subtle color, but still more unexpected than the usual neutral suspects.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Liz Claiborne 3/4 Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress with lavender patent Worthington Bristol Pumps Strap Open Toe Stiletto Heels | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

You could add a necklace to glam it up, but I decided to keep the look simple and understated with gold drop earrings.

For size reference, I have an 8 in both dresses.

Spring Style with JCPenney: Liz Claiborne 3/4 Bell Sleeve Sheath Dress with lavender patent Worthington Bristol Pumps Strap Open Toe Stiletto Heels | Easter Dress | Spring Dress | Fashion for Women Over 40

Outfit Details:

dress // sandals // similar earrings

Be sure to visit Cyndi and see the spring outfit she’s styling today!

photos: Alison Cornell