A long time ago, a bunch of ladies-who-lunch got together and came up with a list of fashion “rules” that women were supposed to abide by for the rest of eternity. These rules included the infamous “never wear white after Labor Day.” One forbidden statement that is particularly outdated is “never wear navy with black.”

Rules Are Meant To Be Broken

The key to wearing navy and black together is to make it look intentional. Pair a navy blouse with black pants, a black belt with a navy dress, or a black top with a navy cardigan. Avoid mixing suit pieces, such as a navy jacket and black pants. Both navy and black are neutrals, which means they easily complement other pieces in brighter colors. Just make sure you opt for a vibrant navy, not one that looks like a faded black.