Occasion: Community women’s event
Dress: Apt. 9 via Kohl’s (previously styled here)
Jacket: ModCloth (previously styled here)
Bag: TJ Maxx
Umbrella: H&M (previously seen here)
I’ve been talking a lot lately about “fashion rules”.
And, more importantly, I’ve been talking about how you can break them!
Today, let’s look at how to wear black and brown together. I know what you’re thinking -black and brown? Blech!!! And let me be honest, not that long ago, I might have agreed with you. But over the years, I have learned that pairing any two colors together is not about hue (the color), but rather about the tone (how warm or cool the color is). Two things you need to know to make your black-brown pairing too perfect:
- Look for contrast! If you put dark brown against black, it will get lost. So pick a lighter shade and it will pop!
- Watch your tone! Above I said to look at how warm or cool the tone is. A good way to think of this is -how yellow or blue are the undertones are in the brown? If the brown looks warm, or a little yellowish, it will nicely complement a crisp blue-black. Red browns will also look lovely, so long as they are vivid enough to not get lost against black. Look for yummy color names like “caramel”(my fave), “tawny”, and cognac. Steer clear of “espressos” and “chocolates” (tho they are delicious!). Here’s little visual for ya:
Do you ever wear black and brown together?
How do you make tricky color combos look great?
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