How To Wear Navy Blue and Black Together Like A Parisian

How To Wear Navy Blue & Black Together Like A Parisian

If you ask most people if they would wear navy blue and black together, they would say no. However, if you are Parisian, that’s a different story. Parisians in general stick to neutral tones like black, grey, brown, and navy blue.

I am not sure why this is such a fashion faux pas for most, as when paired right, the color combination of navy blue and black looks incredibly chic and elegant.

Maybe that’s why Parisian women have been wearing this color combination forever. After all, they are the definition of chic and elegant.

Here are several very influential Parisians, Inès de La Fressange and Caroline de Maigret, each wearing their own take on navy blue and black. You can see several images of both these ladies all over Pinterest wearing navy blue and black together.

One of my all-time favorite style icons is Emanuelle Alt, who is a master at wearing the color combination together. Alt does it so effortlessly and makes it look so classic and elevated.

Just like the color black, navy blue conveys power, intelligence, and confidence. I don’t know about you, but I love wearing colors that make me feel this way.

This isn’t a color combination that is worn a lot in the States and I haven’t figured out why. I assume it’s just because for so long there’s been a “quiet” rule that you can’t wear these two colors in the same outfit. European designers have been using this color combination for years.

The colors aren’t too off from each other so however, you wear them together make sure one stands out. I mean, how many times have you looked in your closet and wondered if that top was navy blue or black?

Sézane James Coat (I sized down), Sézane Jacob Jumper (Wearing a M), Mango Denim (TTS), Sézane Bucket Bag, Mango Boots which are old (similar here)


There are 3 simple rules I like to stick with when thinking about wearing navy blue and black together. The main thing is don’t think too much about it, follow these 3 simple rules and this just might become a color combination you go to all the time. It’s definitely been a combination I have been wearing a lot of this Fall and will continue into winter as well.

1. Keep It Simple

If you aren’t used to wearing this color combination together then start out simple. Maybe a navy blue dress with a black pair of pumps.

Or maybe a black sweater with a navy blue scarf. One of my favorite combinations is a navy coat like my favorite Sézane Johnson or Sézane James coat with a pair of black jeans.

A popular way to add the two colors amongst French people is with the classic navy Breton top and a pair of black jeans.

2. Add A Contrasting Color

Add a pop of color with navy and black in your accessories like brown boots. The contrast helps the outfit look sharp and thoughtful.

You could also incorporate white to look sharp as well with a basic Navy blazer, white tee, and black jeans.

This fall is all about color so you could go with something unexpected like a navy silk top with green trousers.

3. Make The Color Standout

Whichever way you choose to wear the two colors make sure they stand out from each other. If not, then you’ll basically end up with a black-on-black outfit.

I prefer to wear black on the bottom mostly and Navy on the top when combining the two. Although, it is just as acceptable to wear a pair of navy pants and a black top or sweater.

Navy Blue and Black Outfit Ideas

Graphic of 6 different outfit combinations of navy and black.

Shop The Outfits

Graphic of 6 different outfit combinations with navy and black.

Shop The Outfits

However, you choose to wear these colors together and embrace them. This can be an incredibly elegant and chic look. Next time, you are wondering about wearing these two colors together, try it out and see what you think. You will look like a Parisian in no time.

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  1. Love this post and the jump to Emmanuelle Alt. She is my style muse…or at least one of them. I have two favorite outfits in navy/black. Casual favorite is black sweater with dark wash indigo jeans. “Dressier” favorite is navy silk tee with navy slim-straight ankle pants and a coated back denim jean jacket. I still find this combo hard to pull together but love it when it works.

    1. Hi Susan! Yes, isn’t Emmanuelle Alt amazing? I love that you wear the combo together because it can seem difficult to pull off but it sounds like your two outfits are a perfect combination of navy and black. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful day,

  2. I just found your blog this evening and was so excited to find it. I’m a Francophile who lives in Springfield, Missouri. I adore everything French. French chic style takes my breath away. It’s just the best of the best!

    Recently, I’ve started wearing navy and black together. I’m loving it and can’t figure out why Americans have had the long standing rule of no navy with black. It always seemed strange to me. I’m also wearing chocolate brown with navy and also chocolate brown with black. So far no one has accused me of looking horrendous! LOL I’ll be 68 on 7 December so perhaps I’ve become more adventuresome with age.

    1. Hi Michelle!
      I am so happy you are here! We are not too far from each other. Yes! I love that you are wearing navy and black together and I too wish more Americans would wear the color combination. It’s so chic and elegant. Also, love chocolate brown with black. Wear what you love!!! Have a wonderful day. xo- Noelani

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