How to Wear Brown And Black

In fashion, there are rules. Many of those rules are preoccupied with color, from how not to pair colors to when not to wear colors. While rules might have good intentions, don’t let them cramp your style. Today, I’m breaking an old guideline–don’t wear brown and black together. The combination proves to be a super chic option for giving new energy to two fairly underwhelming neutrals.

How to wear brown and black

What I’m wearing:

Top | Jacket (similar, similar) | Jeans (now on sale) | Mules c/o

Sunglasses (Fendi on sale here) | Bag (also here)| Anklet | Earrings (similar) | Watch (similar, similar)

How to wear brown and black

Real talk. I received this puff sleeve top (detail not shown in images today), and I didn’t like the color in person. Before returning it, though, I tried to see how I could potentially wear it. When I tried it on with my go-to black jeans, I fell in love with the top (and the combination). Brown and black for the win!

How to wear brown and black

To make the pairing of brown and black in this look even more intentional, I added additional shades of brown. I’m so thrilled that I found this brown faux leather jacket in Gordmans (more on that shopping trip here). It was the perfect topper for this outfit. By the way, if you’ve been debating getting a jacket in a similar color, see more style inspiration here, here, and here.

How to wear brown and black

Shoes? I added my cognac mules. I especially love how the different shades of brown come together and then pop together against the black jeans.

The Fendi Zucca print on my vintage baguette fits right in as well. By the way, I found my bag on Fashionphile for a steal, and the price has been shooting up as Fendi logo items grow more and more popular.

My black jeans are from Madewell; and I think it’s official, I’m wearing them more than my favorite skinnies. This mini flare style is so right now and so easy to wear. The ankle length style pairs well with shoes that flaunt the ankles. It also looks fabulous with ankle booties, especially sock booties (see what I mean here).

So, where do you stand? Is brown and black a faux pas or super chic?

Location: Saint Louis University Museum of Art, St. Louis


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