Fashion Friday: Wearing Navy & Black Together

I asked readers on Twitter yesterday if there was any topic they were interested in for today’s post, and one person simply said “Can you really wear navy and black together?”  I thought that was a good question.  Wearing navy and black together has been one of those fashion rule no-no’s (like wearing white before Memorial Day- most people no longer “abide” by them.  There was a lot of navy and black together on the fall runways so I think we all need to be versed in how to pair these moody, dark colors together in a tasteful and clever way.


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Here are some tips on how to pair these two deep colors together:


Shop the items above (and a few others I quite like…)

And just in case you are wondering, you can pair these colors in interiors with success as well! Some inspiration…







  1. Great post! I love navy and black….so elegant! Just look at the last fashion photo! Michelle

  2. I absolutely adore black and navy together – it is my new go to combination. 6 months ago I didn’t have any navy in my closet – I was all about black and grey together but I have fallen in love with navy. AllSaints had some beautiful navy items last season and I have a couple of great tops that I pair with black leather trousers. LOVE it!

  3. Love the Aerin Lauder photo. My go to dress is a black and navy sweater dress with gold tone buttons in back.

  4. this post resounds with me at the moment: we just redid my daughter’s room to a sophisticated navy & black! she loves it (…even though she has one more year left before college!). happy weekend…….

  5. This is my favorite color combo (well, tied with pink and red, my other fave). I wear navy and black all the time. My husband accuses me of dressing like a bruise. xo

  6. Have always loved navy and black. Years ago had a navy wool double breasted winter coat with a black chinchilla collar…..wore it to shreds. My friend wore black patent shoes with navy.

  7. Rules, shmules! I love black and navy ensembles; especially since I heard it referred to as “the bruise palette” a few years back. Beautiful images! (Cranky blonde in the third photo? ha!)

  8. I think the biggest thing with navy and black is to make sure that you do it so it looks intentional and less like you got dressed in the dark. So… don’t do an all black outfit and navy shoes, etc.

  9. I love black and navy together, and actually have been searching for that navy blazer with black lapel that you have pictured for a long time…any idea who makes it? Thanks for the post!

  10. Here is my navy and black painted house! In CT. Looks a little bright because of the sun but it is navy.

  11. I think wearing navy and black together is similar to rocking silver and gold at the same time. You can do it, just have confidence in yourself!!

    I starting wearing silver and gold together when I began to understand the timelessness of gold. Over time I have added pieces to my collection. I would hate to limit my daily jewelry choices to solely silver or gold. It makes life so much easier when you are willing to bend rules.

  12. What a great post — your blog is the best Erin! I have almost no blue in my wardrobe (except for denim, natch). With light brown hair/hazel eyes, blue just isn’t my color. It’s easier to simply if you choose black or navy as a building block. Recently I ordered an fantastic lace striped top online. The color was just listed as white on the website and the other stripes were “obviously” black. It arrived and the stripes were dark navy. Before sending it back, maybe I’ll experiment more mixing it with the black in my wardrobe. I love the top and it was marked down from $75 to $15, so I’d love to find a way to wear it. What a timely post for me! Love that you also included the home version.

  13. Ha! I didn’t know you weren’t supposed to wear them together! It’s a favorite combo of mine! Love your images :)

  14. I notice that someone usually comments on the fact that I’m wearing navy with black!

    In Rome, navy and black seems standard and that’s where I first saw it years ago — and realized it looks luscious together.

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