Question Of The Day: Is It Ever OK To Wear Black And Brown Together?

Fashion rules have routinely dictated that blacks and browns remain separate. For me, however, the combination of the two neutrals can work—sometimes. If you’re wearing a black dress and brown shoes to a wedding, you might be the subject of a bit of “fashion don’t” gossip. But these traditionally unmixable colors truly can work together in an outfit. Find out how:

[Not sure about pairing brown and black? The combination of these traditionally unmixable colors can work if you follow a few easy tips. Photo courtesy Huzzah Vintage/Flickr.]

Mix “warm” browns with black.

One of my favorite outfit combinations is a black sweater dress with rust-colored knee length boots. The colors compliment each other and the black-on-brown makes my shoes (my favorite part of any outfit) “pop.” Metallic browns also go well with black.

Don’t play it safe.

Don’t be too wimpy when combining black and brown in an outfit. The combination of a black shirt, black pants, black shoes and a brown belt will look odd. If you’re still unsure about the black/brown combo, start with adding a larger brown element to your outfit such as a purse or a leather jacket.

That said, don’t go too crazy.

Try not to make your entire outfit consist of different shades of browns and blacks. As always, make sure your blacks match, otherwise your outfit will look off. When mixing brown with black, also try to keep the shades of the brown elements similar as well, otherwise the outfit will be overkill.

Remember fashion “rules” are just guidelines. Having your own style means choosing when to follow and when to break the “rules.”

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5 responses to “Question Of The Day: Is It Ever OK To Wear Black And Brown Together?

  1. I’ve always been hesitant mixing brown and black together. They have too much of a drab feeling to them. But when done right it can turn out well. This is some great advice! I’m tempted to try it someday soon.

    Cecilia

    • I agree Cecilia; they can be drab. However, I do think certain browns can be pretty. Although I tend to be drawn to neutral colors, so I’m a bit biased. Please let me know if you try it and it goes well! Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. Bethany Rathbun

    So glad I finally have the rules to this daring question. FABULOUS

  3. Pingback: Tip of the Day: When NOT to Wear High Heels |

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