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How to Wear Black and Brown

As a personal style blogger, I love it when we take on fashion "rules". Whether it's maxi dresses on petites or white after Labor Day, there are plenty of old adages out there that are pretty pervasive. One of those rules that just keeps hanging around is this: Don't mix brown and black.

I can't believe this rule is still alive and kicking! Black, brown and their cousin navy are all neutrals, which means they can be paired with anything - including each other. If you are still not sure about pairing them, here are a few easy tips:

  • Start simply - Pair a brown bottom with a black top, or vice versa.
  • Try accessories - A casual black dress looks great with a brown belt and tortoise sunglasses...or with a brown bomber jacket!
  • Use denim as a buffer zone - Try brown boots, your favorite pair of jeans, and a black sweater.
  • Work with different shades - A caramel color (like what I'm wearing) is easier to pair with black than a chocolate shade. When in doubt, pick lighter browns.
Update 5/14/2012 : I wear a more formal version of black and brown here.

Update: 12/16/2012: And here is an autumn version of black and brown.

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Blouse: INC (Macy's)
Skirt: Banana Republic
Shoes: Kate Spade
Belt: Consigned (via Second Time Around)
Stole: purchased on vacation in Peru
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters