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:
madewell.com. Federica Moretti raffia pompom hat, $77; luisaviaroma.com.
bergdorfgoodman.com. Joseph leather leggings, $715; farfetch.com.
matchesfashion.com. Citizen steel watch, $475; citizenwatch.com.
stuartweitzman.com. Chloe skirt, $1,095; net-a-porter.com.
pixiemarket.com. Cos navy brogue, $175; cosstores.com.
uniqlo.com. Rag & Bone leather gloves, $255; barneys.com.
intermixonline.com. Givenchy plexi bag, $2,390; fwrd.com.
raen.com. H&M dress, $60; hm.com.
zara.com. Gianvito Rossi velvet pump, $660; mytheresa.com.