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:
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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