Pre Fall 2011: The Naked Truth
Aug 18, 2011
Grab a pen and pad because we’re about to have a briefing on wearing black and brown together. Yes, it can be done. No, you shouldn’t be afraid to try it.
Personally, I love mixing black and tan, and not just in a glass. It’s a versatile and sophisticated pairing. And while I don’t mix black with other shades of brown very often, a rich dark brown can be equally chic.
A nude shell is the perfect foundation for any color or style of suit, except khaki. Khaki and beige is just a boring, and frankly, unappealing combination. But if you have a beautiful suit and you are wondering what to wear it with, start with a nude shell until you develop some more ideas.
Mixing a basic black suit (I like J.Crew 120s, but I used more expensive pieces in the set to get the look I wanted.) with a nude shell, you can easily add a dark brown belt to bring it up a notch. To make it work, add in dark brown accessories to pull it together. Here, I decided to use wooden bangles. But to keep from going to far with the pairing, I stuck with a basic black pump.
If you’re feeling Fall 2011’s animal print addiction, then a leopard, calf-hair bag is the perfect compliment to this sophisticated suit. It’s playful but glamorous, feminine but on trend. So indulge a bit in animal prints, but not too much. I don’t want to see anyone wearing leopard print pants. Unless, of course, you plan on changing your name to Huggy Bear.