Mixing navy + black

I mentioned last week that it seems easier to me to mix brown and black together rather than navy and black together. Therefore, I challenged myself to mix navy and black together at the earliest opportunity. I also mentioned in last week’s post that it’s easier to mix neutrals when one of them is in a print. So I took my own advice. 😉

The starting point was my navy knit, polka-dotted skirt from Lands’ End. This has been a great skirt in my wardrobe — a real workhorse piece that is both comfortable and classic. And after two years of wear, I can’t believe that it’s STILL available online — in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes!

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing navy + black

Details:  Polka-dotted navy skirt:  Lands’ End {still available in regular, petite, tall, and plus sizes!}  /  black button-down:  H&M, old {very similar}  /  Black opaque tights:  DKNY {exact}  /  Black ballet flats:  Payless, old {very similar}  /  Flower statement necklace:  Philippines, parting gift from colleague {similar statement necklace in black} {similar statement necklace in navy}

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing navy + black

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing navy + black

This is a pretty simple outfit, so I figured a statement necklace was in order. The pearls in the center of the mother-of-pearl petals kind of played off the polka dots in the skirt. This is a beautiful necklace that I received as a parting gift from a very sweet co-worker in the UAE. She said she got this necklace from her home country of the Philippines. I treasure this necklace — last seen here on the blog for a holiday evening out — and it’s nice to remember her when I wear it.

Librarian for Life + Style | Mother-of-pearl statement necklace

Librarian for Life + Style | Mixing navy + black

Do you like to mix navy + black together? Or other neutrals you like to mix together? Please leave a comment and let me know.

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17 thoughts on “Mixing navy + black

  1. Salazar

    That skirt is amazing! You know, I never have any problem mixing black and brown or black and navy. That’s one of the “fashion rules” that I don’t understand at all.

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      I get the confusion if the brown or navy tones are really dark and hard to distinguish from black. Contrast is key when mixing neutrals, I think. But I’m with you, I don’t think of it as a “fashion don’t” or rule or anything. I find the “don’t wear white after Labor Day” the biggest head-scratcher of them all. Hello, why do we have “winter white” then? 😉

  2. Meghan @ Hayes Days

    That is one gorgeous piece of jewelry. The sentiment is what you always treasure more though. I love the twirl on that skirt! Fun pictures are always my favorite pictures. With black entering back into my wardrobe, I’ve ended up wearing more black and navy together just because all my basics are navy now.

  3. Erin @ Loop Looks

    I think it helps when the “navy” isn’t super dark. Then you’re not squinting going, “is this navy….or black? I can’t tell!” Your skirt is the perfect shade of navy to mix with black!

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Absolutely, I totally agree with you about needing some contrast between navy and black. I think that’s also why cognac and black work better together, rather than a darker brown and black. And thanks for the compliment on the skirt — it’s such a great piece that works with so many other items! 🙂

    1. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style Post author

      Absolutely, I think having one neutral in a print makes it way easier to mix with other neutrals. And such a simple combo — a skirt and a tied button-down. Sometimes I think I doubt myself about publishing pics of simple outfits because I think they’re TOO simple and that no one would find them interesting.

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