Navy and Black: Five Ways to Wear Them Together

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So similar and yet so different, navy and black are a surprisingly perfect match. The two colors are a wonderfully elegant pair for both day and night, as mastered by Alexa Chung, Victoria Beckham, and Sofia Coppola — the last of whom is practically an ambassador of this look. It’s a classicists combo (worn together, they complement rather than compete), and it’s easy: Forget the fashion “rules” and play around with texture (like ASOS’s glittering pumps paired with Jil Sander’s navy satin skirt) or microprints (see Mango’s foulard trouser) to freshen the look and add depth. Click ahead to see five festive outfits embracing the pair, most of which include pieces that, individually, blend the two neutrals together.

Equal parts shiny and kooky – a patent pump and satin tuxedo jacket worn with bonkers accessories confidently hold this look together.

3.1 Phillip Lim tuxedo jacket, $795 at Farfetch; Body Candy leather tassel earrings, $9.99 at Buy.com; Kain Label dress, $155 at Net-a-Porter; Prada patent leather pump, $415 at Neiman Marcus; Tonya Hawkes clutch, $1053 at L’Inde le Palais.

Balance from head-to-toe with small-scale prints and mixed-media details.  Metallic brogues make it work-to-party appropriate.

Rag & Bone top, $255 at Rag & Bone; Mango printed trouser, $49.99 at Mango;  Mango coat, $219.99 at Mango;  Lizzie Fortunato leather and fur tote, $660 at Farfetch; Cole Haan navy metallic brogue, $248 at Nordstrom.

The turtleneck is back, and all jazzed-up with glittering shoes, black swan earrings and a leather notebook to store your latest ideas.

H&M turtleneck, $12.95 at H&M; Smythson notebook, $80 at Smythson; Jil Sander full skirt, $1,195 at Stylebop; Catbird earrings, $42 at Catbird; ASOS glitter pointed heels, $61.57 at ASOS.

For the downtown habituée, both a bra top and a beanie play a part in this festive look.  Never too sweet, the dark floral skirt adds even more mood.

A.L.C. bomber jacket, $553 at Matches; Belle by Sigerson Morrison bootie, $395 at Amazon; BCBG foldover clutch, $268 at BCBG; Marc by Marc Jacobs floral skirt, $147.50 at Net-a-Porter; Jil Sander Navy leather gloves, $320 at Stylebop; C. Wonder beanie, $28 at C. Wonder; T by Alexander Wang jacquard bralette, $180 at Forward by Elyse Walker.

The navy jumpsuit acts as canvas for this chic outfit.  Liquid eyeliner and sparkly nail polish make for interesting details, especially when paired with inky accessories.

Deborah Lippmann nail lacquer in Lady Sings The Blues, $18 at Barneys; Tibi “Carine” heel, $395 at Tibi;  Rachel Zoe jumpsuit, $550 at Stylebop; Smashbox liquid eyeliner pen, $22 at Sephora; Markus Lupfer for Whistles pouch, $120 at Whistles.