Brown & Black

1 Mar

Many people live by the unspoken rule that you should not mix black and brown. I’m a firm believer that this fashion law is meant to be broken. Instead of picking brown or black, why not put on an outfit that incorporates brown and black? For this outfit, black is clearly the dominant color. I think that as long as the two colors aren’t trying to compete with each other, then you can successfully pair them together. Brown and black are both neutrals after all, so it only makes sense that they would go together!

Brown & Black 1

Brown & Black 2

Brown & Black 3

Dress: Ariella (love this version)| Sweater: Ann Taylor (similar) | Tights: HUE (similar) | Shoes: Jessica Simpson (similar) | Necklace: J.Crew | Bracelet: J.Crew|Belt: DIY (similar)

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23 Responses to “Brown & Black”

  1. March 1, 2013 at 8:14 am #

    I love this outfit!!

  2. lycly March 1, 2013 at 9:30 am #

    I am all about mixing brown and black (and camel, and grey, and navy)! I think it looks so chic – love your dress! (and LOVE your J Crew necklace 🙂 )

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 1, 2013 at 12:43 pm #

      Thank you! I’ve started mixing those colors more because I don’t think it’s as bad as people make it out to be!

  3. FashionEdible March 1, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Lovely dress! I like how the brown that is mixed in is lighter – creates a variation of tones.
    FashionEdible Blog

  4. danaethedietitian March 1, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I used to be against the brown and black combo, but I have started finding more and more cute ways to pair the two! And my favorite print is brown and black: LEOPARD! Great post!

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Thank you! Leopard is great, and I think a lot of people forget that it’s a mix of brown and black! Leopard is a great way to experiment with mixing the two colors.

  5. carascliche March 1, 2013 at 12:29 pm #

    Definitely a fashion rule that is meant to be broken! You did it great here:)

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 1, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

      Thanks Cara! I didn’t mix the two for so long, but it really does go together!

  6. 'Tooth & Argyle March 1, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

    Yes! Great outfit. I used to really hate brown and black together, but I realized it’s because I just didn’t like the particular ways people were wearing it. There’s a trick to pairing pieces in a balanced and contrasting way (same with navy and black), so that the brown isn’t sooo dark it is competing with black, like you said. So yes, I’ve definitely ditched my no brown/black or navy/black rules, and found awesome ways to wear them.

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm #

      Thank you! Yeah, I didn’t really like it either, but I agree with you. If you wear the colors the right way it can look really good!

  7. libertyonless March 1, 2013 at 4:10 pm #

    I love that you agree mixing black and brown is a thing because I do it all the time! I also enjoy black and navy.. . rules are meant to be broken right?


  8. Jonathan March 1, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    Great outfit!

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  9. Rumela March 2, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Love the look . you look great.

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  11. Pearls & Lace March 4, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    I used to feel like mixing black and brown was not to best idea but this fall I found that it was something that I did all the time. I think that “rule” may be in the past for a lot of us now 🙂 Love your dress Olivia!

    xo jen

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 4, 2013 at 9:14 am #

      Thanks Jen! I definitely think those two colors are perfect for fall weather!

  12. Tiffany March 4, 2013 at 4:18 pm #

    Amen!! I love pairing brown and black, something i wouldn’t have DREAMED or dare of doing in Middle School. hehe – Love the way you styled this look too!! And PS your hair color is gorgeous! Just found your blog! 🙂 Nice to meet you!

    • Baubles to Bubbles March 4, 2013 at 5:42 pm #

      Thanks Tiffany! I only recently discovered that I like these colors together! This is my natural hair color. In grade school and early high school, I got caramel highlights and they were terrible, especially with my dark eyebrows! I’m never touching color again. Thanks for stopping by!

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