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There’s an old rule about not pairing black and brown together in an outfit. As with most fashion “rules,” this one is completely wrong. You can totally pair them! Let me show you how and when it works. 

Can you wear black and brown together? It’s a question I’ve gotten before from you guys, and since I styled this outfit without even thinking about the black/brown combo, I thought I’d address it here

Bottom line, 100% yes you can pair black and brown together.

Let’s talk about how to do it the right way and when it doesn’t work as well.

Outfit Details: 
Suede BlankNYC Jacket – same jacket, different color (wearing size XS)
Black Henley Tee
BlankNYC Jeans 
Similar Loafers
Tory Burch Chain Crossbody Bag (similar here)

Honestly, anything goes, especially for women.

Fashion rules are meant to be broken. Anything, literally anything goes in 2021. So you can wear black and brown together any way you’d like.

But there are a few best practices tips.

Try these tips when pairing black and brown clothing together

  1. Keep your outfit neutral. Black and brown work best together when you skip any bold or bright colors and just do a mix of neutral hues.
  2. Focus more on the level of dressiness of your black/brown pieces, rather than the color combination. If you have a dressy black bag, choose a more dressy brown jacket. If your black shoes are more casual, choose a casual brown bag.
  3. If you’re nervous about pairing these two colors, start with a more subtle shade of brown like nude or beige.
  4. For men, specifically for workwear, shoes and belts should match. For women, this can be fudged a little bit because you can do nude or colored pumps with a brown or black belt.
  5. When it comes to bags, you don’t have to match the bag, belt, and shoes. Anything goes.
  6. A super easy way to integrate the colors seamlessly is to find a print with both colors, like leopard! Then a brown bag and black shoes easily makes sense.

I hope that helps you be more confident about wearing black and brown together!

I’ll be doing a Get Dressed with Merrick on my instagram stories later today showing some different black and brown outfits — don’t miss it!

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Can You Wear Black and Brown Clothes Together in an Outfit?

how to pair black and brown together

There’s an old rule about not pairing black and brown together in an outfit. As with most fashion “rules,” this one is completely wrong. You can totally pair them! Let me show you how and when it works. 

 

Can you wear black and brown together? It’s a question I’ve gotten before from you guys, and since I styled this outfit without even thinking about the black/brown combo, I thought I’d address it here

Bottom line, 100% yes you can pair black and brown together.

Let’s talk about how to do it the right way and when it doesn’t work as well.

 

Outfit Details: 
Suede BlankNYC Jacket – same jacket, different color (wearing size XS)
Black Henley Tee
BlankNYC Jeans 
Similar Loafers
Tory Burch Chain Crossbody Bag (similar here)

 

can you pair black and brown together?
suede blanknyc jacket
pairing black and brown together

Honestly, anything goes, especially for women.

Fashion rules are meant to be broken. Anything, literally anything goes in 2021. So you can wear black and brown together any way you’d like.

But there are a few best practices tips.

 

Try these tips when pairing black and brown clothing together

  1. Keep your outfit neutral. Black and brown work best together when you skip any bold or bright colors and just do a mix of neutral hues.
  2. Focus more on the level of dressiness of your black/brown pieces, rather than the color combination. If you have a dressy black bag, choose a more dressy brown jacket. If your black shoes are more casual, choose a casual brown bag.
  3. If you’re nervous about pairing these two colors, start with a more subtle shade of brown like nude or beige.
  4. For men, specifically for workwear, shoes and belts should match. For women, this can be fudged a little bit because you can do nude or colored pumps with a brown or black belt.
  5. When it comes to bags, you don’t have to match the bag, belt, and shoes. Anything goes.
  6. A super easy way to integrate the colors seamlessly is to find a print with both colors, like leopard! Then a brown bag and black shoes easily makes sense.

I hope that helps you be more confident about wearing black and brown together!

I’ll be doing a Get Dressed with Merrick on my instagram stories later today showing some different black and brown outfits — don’t miss it!

Here’s a video with this advice in action:

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6 Comments

  1. Andria says:

    Thanks merrick! I like how you included some Mens style advice-i think You should talk more about that in future posts, cause i think mens style is just as interesting!

  2. What an awesome outfit – you look fantastic. I love it all, especially the jacket and glasses. I am going to get one About two days ago i saw a pretty girl has wore avengers age of ultron Scarlet Witch jacket with black and today i see this girl both styling ways are very eye catching. Keep it up .

  3. lisa says:

    I think its a new fashion thing. I’ve seen some mannequins with sock like things around their legs but they don’t actually go down (Like that Avril Lavageneagese thing with the arm sock). But I’ve never seen anyone wear them and I’m not really all that into the whore look.
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  5. Natalie says:

    Great tips! Now, what about navy and black?

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