Fashion “Rules” Revisited: Can you wear navy and black together?

Can you wear navy and black together?

It’s OK, settle down at the back there: we know you don’t think Pippa Middelton‘s fashion sense is ever worth talking about, but it’s OK, this isn’t about Pippa, she’s here purely for the purposes of illustration.

And what is Pippa “Perfect Butt” Middleton here to illustrate, we hear you ask? Why, she’s illustrating the wearing of navy and black. Together. In the same outfit. Once considered to be the severest of fashion crimes (Penalty: social death.), this colour combo is one that pops up all the time these days, to the extent that there are probably kids alive today who have NO IDEA this was once considered a crime, imagine.

Is it, though? Well, Pippa Middelton obviously doesn’t think so, as she heads to work in her navy top and black blazer. But what would Pippa Middelton know? It’s the opinions of our Fashion Jurors we want to hear, so have at it, folks: what do you think of the wearing of navy and black?

26 Comments

  • January 18, 2012

    Suzan

    I’m not exactly the best example of fashion sense, but I actually wear black and navy together really often. I’ve been wondering why, exactly, it is a fashion crime- could someone explain, please?

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  • January 18, 2012

    Emily

    Both are fairly neutral colours… I don’t really see why it would be a hugely bad reason not to wear them together at all… It’s pretty non-offensive, and unnoticeable half the time.

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  • January 18, 2012

    corina

    I actually like it and occasionally wear it. I like to spice up a black navy combo with a colourfull detail like a green belt (I think that’s another faux pas- green and blue together, isn’t it :)), or a colorfull brooch.

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  • January 18, 2012

    CHRISTINA78

    I have worked a long time at Jean Paul Gaultier and one of his specificity was to marry navy and black! But his navy was quite indigo….

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  • January 18, 2012

    Rudi

    I am one of those kids.

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  • January 18, 2012

    Catriona

    Noo! I hate navy and black together – possibly stemming from a navy school uniform we had to wear with black shoes.

    I won’t even wear black and brown together. I can just about tolerate a tan shade with black but still not a fan.

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    • January 19, 2012

      Kim

      Really? I think brown and black together is a complete no-no for sure – but navy and black looks great!

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      • January 23, 2012

        like!

        Same here. Brown+black->huge not, navy+black->huge yes. Few years ago i hated to combine these two colors but last year i became immune so i bought few navy dresses, skirts, blouses, and t-shirts, witch i wear with matte black blazer, black leader leggings and black shiny rubber or leader boots.

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  • January 19, 2012

    Lili @ Relatable Style

    Navy and black are cool, I did that all the time when I still wore black 😉 Key is just to make it look intentional. What does not fly with me here is the skirt… You can pair the skirt with navy, or pair the navy with black. Combined like this, it’s rather… not. Probably because it does not look intentional at all.

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  • January 19, 2012

    Alison

    I like black and brown, and black and navy too. I don’t think there’s any color that goes badly with black. This is why black clothes are so great IMO.

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  • January 19, 2012

    nata19

    Black and navy are fine but I wouldn´t mix warm brown with black, they just don´t go together.

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  • January 19, 2012

    naiadknight

    If the navy is easily told apart from the black, then yes. If it looks like you thought the colors were the same when you got dressed, no. I’ve done navy and black, but I made sure that you could easily tell the difference even in low light.
    Black and brown, on the other hand, isn’t an issue for me as I don’t wear brown. It’s for no reason besides I just don’t wear it. Even if I own a great shirt that happens to be brown, it gets pushed to one side for the not quite so great shirt in another color.

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  • January 19, 2012

    Irene

    omg, do you guys really care that much?????
    it’s just clothes anyway,and black&navy is def not the worst combinations..

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  • January 19, 2012

    liyana

    it doesn’t matter what the color combination is. its how the person pull them off!

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  • January 19, 2012

    Megan

    I’m glad someone mentioned black and brown. I hate seeing people wearing black leggings (as pants!) with brown boots. But I console myself by saying “at least they aren’t Uggs”.

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  • January 19, 2012

    Tali

    I don’t mind navy and black together, but I do mind black body and black legs separated by a light color skirt. I don’t know why, but this look disturbs me somehow.

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  • January 19, 2012

    Kim

    I personally think style “rules” like that don’t really apply anymore – if you wanna wear black and navy together, WEAR black and navy together! Who cares!? I would agree there are certain combos that are harder to pull off and look chic (like navy and black, or brown and black) but I think if you are comfortable with your look than go for it!

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  • January 19, 2012

    Emily

    Navy & black reminds me of my school uniform, so I really hate it. If I do wear the two colours together, it needs to look as though it was an obvious decision, rather than being too lazy to pick a colour other than black. That said, I never think this when other people match them, it’s just a weird complex I have about my own clothes. I also don’t like black & brown, although I’m warming to black & tan combinations. In both of these situations I would choose grey as a better neutral than black 🙂

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  • January 21, 2012

    Romanticide

    I actually like that combo 🙁

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  • January 23, 2012

    Pink Princess

    Navy & Black? NO! There are so many other, beautiful, colours to match with each one and look really good so why bother?

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  • January 26, 2012

    Dani

    I bought a black blazer with navy trim on the sleeves from the Zac Posen collection for target and I get compliments on it all the time. I think it can work!

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  • January 29, 2012

    Michael

    The top part looks fine, the skirt is horrid with it though, it throws the color balance off way way too much and turns it into a sort naval look..

    On topic, why the h e double hockey sticks wouldn’t you be able to wear navy and black? I would think that rule would apply only in case of it being so close to black it looks like “oopsie! I thought I had black slacks and black sweater on, but my trousers are navy.. 🙁 My bad!”

    I also do not get the hate for black and brown, it’s all shade dependent, no two hues hate each other so much they can never reconcile their differences, if it looks shit, try a different shade. I have shirts that brown and have black printing on them do they suddenly become unwearable because of that? 😛

    I dunno, I feel like a lot of “rules” should be left to die, like the rules about matching everything, too matchy looks as bad as all over the place >.< but that's just my opinion. ;3

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  • January 30, 2012

    Olga

    I’d never do it – it makes me uneasy just looking at it.

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  • January 31, 2012

    Sydney

    A very close friend who is designer did a series of black and navy jackets and pants that were beautiful but edgy. She’s of an age, European and has seen it all come and go and come back again and again. Her opinion, that the combination is the chicest of all.

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  • May 23, 2012

    Kelly

    I think the rules have changed. People wear white pants and shoes all year now. If you can make the pieces work together – do it. This look is awful because of the skirt. Add a spkash of red to wear wuth black and blue (like a sash belt and a clutch) but not red and whit. It’s too distracting. I used to stick to hard fast rules but now I just find pieces that compliment each other. I bought a suit with a dark brown background and black check. I like to wear my suit pieces with other items to make more outfits. Neither piece looked good with brown. So I put a black turtleneck sweater with the skirt and added some black boots. I needed something else so I added a wide brown belt and was shocked at the look. I later wore the blazer with black jeans, brown ankle boots, and brown top – another hit! Select complimentary pieces and you can find a hit outfit that mixes ALMOST any colors.

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  • March 20, 2013

    Kerry

    Of it’s a slightly brighter blue than navy this could work but personally indigo jeans is about the closest I would go to this. It just reminds me of people accidentally putting navy tights on in the dark! I love tan with navy and more recently I like lighter tan with black. Think it depends how u wear it…

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