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.
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Ms. B says:
This isi one of my favorite transitional and beyond looks. Pairing black with everything from light sand to chocolate brown. Classy, classy, classy.
Love the belt! how do you wear it, under the jacket? or on top of it?
Under the jacket, covering the top of the skirt.
I love, love, love this entire outfit! I already have a similar skirt suit and heels. Just need the blouse and accessories.
Haha lulu asked what I was going to ask – and thanks for the post, I have long needed a lesson on black and brown! I see them together all the time but to me it has been a no-go.
I have an 'Ask Belle', if you feel like it – I just bought a leather pencil skirt in the exact shape of the one you listed here. I don't plan on wearing it to work, but I was wondering if you have any styling ideas for it?
Thanks for the great daily posts, Belle! I have been reading almost since the beginning and I look forward to your posts every day. So happy birthday and keep it up =0) -Jay