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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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The Vest: Can It Ever Look Good?

Maybe it was the trauma of being forced to wear homemade vest/dress combinations sewn by my grandma (sorry Mimi!) when I was young, but I’ve always felt anti-vest.

The concept of the vest has always eluded me. Is it an accessory? Is it a layering piece, meant to keep you warmer? (And if so, it doesn’t seem to help a whole lot.) Is it just something to throw on when you don’t know what else to do with an outfit? These questions about the purpose of the vest have made me wonder if my assumptions are wrong and if a vest really can ever look good.

As it is now spring, I decided to focus on lightweight vests. Below is a slideshow of vests that aren’t too awful (ok they’re kinda cute.) If worn with the right outfit these could be a lot of fun.

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What do you think about vests? Do you like the ones in the slideshow? Leave me a comment and tell me all your vest-related thoughts!

For more fashion inspiration, follow me on Twitter @kirsten_hudson

Check out these other posts on fashion accessories from everyday threads:

  • What’s your favorite fashion accessory? Let the world know your opinion in our poll.
  • Keep your face shaded in style. These three types of hats are perfect for summer.
  • Can you guess these four questionably fashionable summer accessories?

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