The “rules” say you shouldn’t wear black and brown together. But I say, “who created the rules, and aren’t we meant to break them?” Fashion shouldn’t have restrictions. It should be about what you like to wear and what makes you look and feel fantastic! I’ve been wanting to put together a post on mixing black and brown for some time now, and hadn’t gotten around to actually doing it. So, without further ado, here is how I believe you can wear these two shades together in a way that will make the rule-makers consider becoming rule-breakers!
First thing first, you need to find the right shades of brown and black. I know what you’re thinking: black isn’t even a color, so it doesn’t have shades. I know I’m not an artist, so I really don’t have a say in the matter, but I feel as though I should disagree. Since black can fade into gray, I guess you can argue that I’m just wearing dark gray pants, but these truly have more black in them than gray, so you can see my befuddlement. However, since they are a lighter, distressed wash, they tend to match with a larger range of colors than typical, flat-black pants would.
Another suggestion when pairing brown with black, is to include a taupe or khaki shade of brown, rather than a cognac or chocolate. Taupe and khaki are more on the cool-toned side, which allows them to blend well with black. Rather than a stark difference between the two, it’s pleasant to the eye, and helps the outfit flow. When it comes to accessorizing a black and brown look, I highly recommend gold jewelry and any pieces that may include a combination of these signature colors. For my particular ensemble, I chose a pair of matte black sunnies with a gold brow bar, plus these snakeskin heels which encompass nearly every shade of black and brown. In all honesty, I believe these heels tied the outfit together better than any other accessory could have.
Since fashion rules are made for breaking, I’m curious which rules you enjoy breaking the most! Pairing black and brown is my personal favorite, but of course there’s also white after Labor Day, or mixing patterns together, or even wearing sneakers with a dress (I’m so on board with a pair of Superstars worn with a cutesy skirt). Would you dare break any of these rules?
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