Style File: Wearing Black and Brown Together

Style File: Wearing Black and Brown Together

What used to be a fashion faux pas is now considered fashion chic!

Fashion Blogger Ali Henrie is here to prove black and brown do belong

Wearing brown and black together is a great way to mix up your wardrobe in
the fall and winter. Here are a few tips to make them work together while still
keeping the outfit stylish and on trend.

Look as though you are wearing black and brown together on

When you wear black and brown together you want to look like you meant to
wear them together. Wearing a brown belt with black shoes might look like
you didn’t have brown shoes. So try to have more than one item of each
color, otherwise that one item in brown or black may look out of place. By
adding a couple of different items in each color will help to balance the outfit
and make it look like it was meant to be.

Use different textures

Textures are a way to add life to neutrals including brown and black. To
make these colors more visually interesting, try using different textures and
materials such as a wool pant, a silky blouse, a patent leather belt, and
animal pattern shoes. The look will not only be more interesting to look at,
but also look more expensive.

Keep the browns similar in shade as well as the blacks

Different shades of brown and black create different looks. If you want more
contrast use lighter shades of brown with black such as camel or nude. If you
want a subtle look try wearing a darker shade of brown with black such as
chocolate. Although keep in mind black and dark brown together can be
plain, so think about adding in creams, gold and other light neutrals to warm
up the outfit. The browns and blacks don’t need to match exactly, but keep
the browns similar in shade as well as the blacks. You want the browns and
blacks to complement each other; this will help to create a more unified

Since brown and black are neutrals, use them as an anchor for other

Brown and black are neutrals so use them as a base for adding color. Color
will really stand out against a neutral backdrop so decide if you want a little
or a lot of color. If you want just a little pop of color think about adding color
with a handbag, a belt, some shoes, or other accessories. If you want a lot of
color try something more bold by wearing a bright colored pant, skirt, top or

Ali has always loved fashion and design. She graduated with a degree in
Advertising and Marketing. After working at Nordstrom, Anthropologie and
most recently the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in
California, her love of design and fashion solidified into a passion.
She is now a fashion/lifestyle blogger and marketing consultant. She is
married and has a one-year-old son who has been a newfound source of her
creativity. She has traveled extensively and has had the opportunity of living
in 5 states in the past 6 years. Moving and traveling has opened her eyes to
rich sources of inspiration. Clothes, landscapes, billboards, people, books,
magazines, food, weather, and children are a carousel of ideas for her. She
loves mixing different colors, textures and patterns to come up with
unexpected combinations. She is very adventurous and loves to try new

Ali believes that aesthetically pleasing surroundings can be the inspiration for
assembling clothing in ways that are exciting and inventive.
To see more of Ali’s fashion and design ideas visit her blog at:

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