Navy + Black = Together Forever

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The Sartorialist

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Jak & Jil

Two great colors. A necessity for many Catholic School Girls who, like myself, resorted to black tights on cold days in rolled up plaid skirts. But for years and years and actually as far back as I can remember, wearing black and navy blue together was a huge a “no-no” …and now? Suddenly it seems so fresh and new! Go figure?

We may as well just continue to wear white after Labor Day and all the way through to Spring! Pshht. Horrors. …;)

So luvers, what do you think? Black and Navy together forever? …or a total fashion disaster?

LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • Elizabeth Marie

    May 15, 2009 |

    Together forever, and never to part…together forever black and navy…
    Oh my god you are going to hate me with all my songs!

    I love them together when worn with some style, like they meant to, not like they just picked up whatever was on the floor.

    Hi, Lakers…

  • Bombshell Kitten

    May 15, 2009 |

    Love the pictures you selected, and speaking as a Catholic school girl myself- I agree that it can be done and look absolutely lovely together.

    Now, it can certainly be a mess, too- when you can’t tell if something is navy or black and it just looks off- but for the most part I think they make a sophisticated and elegant duo..

    Navy nails with a black cocktail dress? Pretty pretty 😉

  • C ♥

    May 15, 2009 |

    i’m not a fan, for the simple fact that my father (yes father of all people) said to me like..4 years ago…”you look like a bruise- black and blue.”

    so now i don’t haha.

  • Laura

    May 15, 2009 |

    So fresh so new so luv

  • Gabby

    May 15, 2009 |

    I’m especially fond of the last picture!

  • A Life Fulfilled: Atlanta

    May 15, 2009 |

    I’m a big fan of black and navy, especially when you can incorporate some color (white, cream, light green – you make it work)…

    And I LOVE the sartorialist!

  • Miss Rosa

    May 15, 2009 |

    Undecided myself. In the right situation it could work but … I’m not sold. Not yet.

  • TeeTee

    May 15, 2009 |

    Awesome together!

  • drollgirl

    May 15, 2009 |

    navy and black attack!

    no problem with that! as long as done well.

  • Megan

    May 15, 2009 |

    I am not a fan of the black & navy together, although those pictures don’t look bad! I think it’s all in how you present it.

  • Leigh

    May 15, 2009 |

    YES YES love it!! I always have done it anyway. 🙂

  • Caroline

    May 15, 2009 |

    Yes. Together forever (and ever).

  • ZombieLace

    May 15, 2009 |

    Oooh I am all for combining colors in unorthodox or “no-no” combinations! Pink and red, brown and gray, and of course, navy and black! You picked some lovely examples of this done expertly!

  • J-Diggety

    May 15, 2009 |

    A certain tune pops into my head… “me and you, and you and me, no matter how they roll the dice, we’re meant to be…” 😀 I dig, yo.

  • shortmama

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think black and navy are new bffs!

  • Dana

    May 15, 2009 |

    I like it! Navy is a great color, black might be overrated haha.



  • muchlove

    May 15, 2009 |

    together forever! I love the last picture. So cute.

  • notebookdoodles

    May 15, 2009 |

    i like the color combination. it’s kind of classic, don’t you think?

    ps. about the gossip girl episode this week.. i completely agree with you. prom is supposed to be a big deal and yet they only showed us snippets of it. and i think i read somewhere that blair’s prom dress is marchesa.

  • Missa

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think they’re great together!

    P.S. Thanks so much for the html tip. I had no idea my sidebar was all jacked when viewed with firefox. It looked fine with IE which is what I use and I never thought to check, so thanks, problem solved!

  • Tiffany

    May 15, 2009 |

    I do navy and black a lot. i think it works great!


    May 15, 2009 |

    love these the first look!

    camille x

  • lucille

    May 15, 2009 |

    I love the first and the last images !

  • Federica

    May 15, 2009 |

    I just found your blog via Delight by design, it is so beautiful!
    I’m going to add you to my blog list.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  • xs

    May 15, 2009 |

    an absolute must color combination. i’ve always loved them together!

  • Kathy

    May 15, 2009 |

    lovely mix of colours! i need a navy tee!

  • maeghan

    May 15, 2009 |

    Love it together DONE RIGHT. 🙂

  • Kez

    May 15, 2009 |

    It’s so funny I was just thinking about this literally a couple of minutes before I saw this post!
    My hubby plays football and their off field uniform is a navy blue top with black trousers (it’s dresscode regulations). I was thinking about how he looks really smart like that and as I am a member of the football club and wear the shirt also I was wondering whether I would get away with wearing black skinny jeans (instead of my usual dark blue) with my shirt!
    After seeing this post I think I will!

  • diane

    May 15, 2009 |

    Hey, don’t look now, but isn’t the girl in the last photo wearing light brown shoes with her black & navy?

  • setyourselfonfire

    May 15, 2009 |

    I’ve been in love with navy lately too!

  • janettaylor

    May 15, 2009 |

    J’adore lookbook!


  • Sue Jacquette

    May 15, 2009 |

    I’m kind of against it, although I wear white all year long (almost) and don’t really follow ‘rules’. I just don’t like it. I think it looks like your closet lighting is bad and didn’t see what you were putting together?

  • Teresa

    May 15, 2009 |

    Thank god we’re not longer so rule governed about fashion.

  • Girl Japan

    May 15, 2009 |

    Hey Maegan, I think you could pull it off for sure— = ) Have a fab weekend darling.

  • Kim Hightower

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think if the outfit works, ROCK IT!

  • Working Girl One

    May 15, 2009 |

    I used to hate the black/navy or black/brown combination until I studied in Italy for a semester in college. Now I think it totally works. And I’ve been loving navy lately.

  • ♥Aubrey

    May 15, 2009 |

    Ohhh i wear these two colors all the time.
    Head on over to my blog where a lovely surprise awaits you.

  • clorivak

    May 15, 2009 |

    I’m a huuuuge fan of black and navy! And brown and black!!! I remember being told years ago that it was fashion no-no…i adore the combos and didn’t listen.

  • Alana @ The Good Girl Gone Blog

    May 15, 2009 |

    Oh gosh. I always manage to wear navy tights with black shoes, thinking that the tights are black. I never realize it until I’m out of the house. It’s embarrassing!

  • TheBeautyFile

    May 15, 2009 |

    Craaaazy color combos make my world go round…I love Navy & black…I think I have always worn it, I love the look- it’s so crisp & clean. Another “forbidden” combo I love is brown & black…it’s total perfection!

  • anhesty

    May 15, 2009 |

    its ok if worn in style. i still find myself having issues with wearing blue shirts with blue jeans though. what are your thoughts on that?

  • Aubrey

    May 15, 2009 |

    Two of my fave fashion colors…together at last! Or together for now! LOL

  • Aritza, Goddess of ..

    May 15, 2009 |

    Uhmm.. to this day it still makes me cringe my teeth when I see black and navy together.. but I might grow to love it at some point 🙂 Maybe I’m too traditional. hehe.

  • K @ Blog Goggles

    May 15, 2009 |

    I never really realized it was supposed to be bad together. Whenever it’s cold, I cocoon myself in dark colors to soak up as much heat as possible. Black and navy are my two faves!

  • Felicia

    May 15, 2009 |

    I have NEVER understood why no navy and black together was a rule. Black goes with anything!! (Except dark brown maybe).

  • LiLu

    May 15, 2009 |

    Oh, yes please. That’s my favorite combo, I think… next to heather grey and HOT PINK, that is!

  • Keeley

    May 15, 2009 |

    Together forever!

  • Style Porn

    May 15, 2009 |

    Oh, they most definitely go together. And thanks for finding these awesome pictures, I need to add them to my “work outfits” inspiration folder!

  • Hanh

    May 15, 2009 |

    black and navy together forever, please. I did not know “NO” before.

  • Kellie

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think it can look sophisticated if done appropriately. So yes, I like it!

  • tanya

    May 15, 2009 |

    I remember when it was a no-no as well even though I do it all the time now–what a great combo!

  • Maeko

    May 15, 2009 |

    That Asian chick is amazingly hot.

  • Ele

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think that it depends on the situation and the style

  • Kristin

    May 15, 2009 |

    Time to throw away stale fashion rules! I’m loving that first look!

  • Hanako66

    May 15, 2009 |

    I think I love it….very fresh take and less boring than black on black

  • Danielle

    May 15, 2009 |

    i was just hinking yesterday how navy and black are a perfection set to rival PB&J.

  • Chessa!

    May 16, 2009 |

    I think black and navy are BFFs. I love the way they look together…especially when paired with a simple basic like indigo denim or stripes or a white shirt. loves it.

  • Nicole Marie

    May 16, 2009 |

    oh yes definitely black and blue!! my dad used to say black and blue make a bruise but i totally disagree!!

  • Mrs.GB

    May 16, 2009 |

    I just realized I am wearing navy and black today. Ha!

  • Style Odyssey

    September 14, 2010 |

    wearing black and navy together adds dimension and interest. when i was younger it was definitely a no-no, lest people think you were slightly color-blind or got dressed in the dark.
    you’re right, it looks very fresh. i’ve been wearing black w/ navy for a couple of years now. i’m hooked.

  • Isabel

    September 14, 2010 |

    i think its chic 🙂

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