Fashion rules are made to be broken, especially this one that doesn't make any sense at all.
When I was a kid, I had a cool older cousin who I wanted to be. I wanted to dress like her but couldn't because my childhood wardrobe was made up of leggings and big jumpers (still is TBH). Also, dressing up as a 15-year-old when you're ten was weird back then. A more innocent time.
This cousin, though, taught me a lot about beauty and style. She told me that hair would be straight in the morning if you wore it in a low ponytail at night. She said that 'parallel pants' should only be worn with platform shoes and a tight white tee. And maybe braces. While I was wearing black jeans and a navy top, in shock, she told me that those two colours should never be worn together.
Read about the five things we definitely won't be wearing this year.
The hair trick didn't work for me. Her style icon back then was clearly Rachel from Friends. But the black and navy fashion rule? I followed it for years. My cool cousin probably gave up on it years before me - she is still one of the most style-savvy people I know - but I'm a stickler for obeying the law.
Obviously, this law, of course, was meant to be broken.
The question of whether you can wear the two colours together is still submitted to fashion agony aunts; their answers are always the same. You can, of course, wear black and navy together. Whatsmore, they look great together.
I'm a frequent wearer of navy and black. For someone with a wardrobe full of black clothes, it's a good way to get out of the funereal rut. All-black outfits have their place, but they can also look boring and stale. Instead of wearing a black top with your black jeans next time, wear a navy top instead (or vice versa). You'll feel and look like you've made more of an effort - for no effort at all.
Is it a rule you still follow? Will you let it go?