By Elyse Maloni
Updated Feb 18, 2015 @ 2:30 pm
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Navy & Black Pairings
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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:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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