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Elyse Maloni
Feb 18, 2015 @ 2:30 pm

It seems most women avoid pairing navy and black, adhering to one of a few archaic fashion rules that continue to circulate (see also: No white after Labor Day). But this once-forbidden color combination is a newfound favorite of ours, thanks to its quiet sophistication.

To start, try an all-black outfit with a navy accessory or vice versa—it will make the style rebellion less daunting. Another good tip: Choose classic silhouettes and focus on texture to add depth and dimension to this dark coupling. Try mixing lace with velvet, for example, to prevent the hues from bleeding together. The end result? Easy elegance.

Here, 10 foolproof pairings to get you started:

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Madewell trench coat, $178; madewell.com. Federica Moretti raffia pompom hat, $77; luisaviaroma.com.

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Eddie Borgo tassel earrings, $195; bergdorfgoodman.com. Joseph leather leggings, $715; farfetch.com.

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Acne Studios sweater, $550; matchesfashion.com. Citizen steel watch, $475; citizenwatch.com.

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Stuart Weitzman suede boot, $635; stuartweitzman.com. Chloe skirt, $1,095; net-a-porter.com.

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Pixie Market jumpsuit, $94; pixiemarket.com. Cos navy brogue, $175; cosstores.com.

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Uniqlo down jacket, $60; uniqlo.com. Rag & Bone leather gloves, $255; barneys.com.

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Nadia Tarr knit skirt, $278; intermixonline.com. Givenchy plexi bag, $2,390; fwrd.com.

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Ted Baker faux fur scarf, $145; tedbaker.com. Topshop blazer, $90; topshop.com.

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Raen cobalt sunglasses, $125; raen.com. H&M dress, $60; hm.com.

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Zara lace cuff blouse, $40; zara.com. Gianvito Rossi velvet pump, $660; mytheresa.com.

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