Wearing Brown with Black

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

Tan sweater with black and white striped shirt, black pencil skirt, tights, and brown riding boots. Chicago style blogger, what to wear to work in Chicago winter

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Sweater – LOFT via Goodwill (similar) | Shirt – The Limited via Poshmark (similar) | Skirt – The Limited (similar) | Boots – Bandolino via 6pm.com (similar) | Necklace – c/o fibi & clo (same)

A coworker recently told me there’s no way he would wear brown and black together. Which is too bad. Because it’s totally okay now. Although, to be honest, I probably would have paired black boots with this outfit instead of of my dark brown boots if it hadn’t been for today’s Inspiration Monday photo.


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Brown, tan and black all being worn together. Cats and dogs living together! Mass hysteria! Okay, not really. But I know pairing brown and black (just like pairing navy and black) and be a bit of a dividing line with some people. Obviously I don’t mind.

Where do you fall on the brown with black issue?

6 replies on “Wearing Brown with Black

  1. Melissa

    I love pairing my brown (well, technically cognac) boots with black tights/skirts/dresses/etc. I most recently did this on Friday and my husband and I got into a whole discussion on wearing brown with black. He said “well, as long as you wear it with confidence that’s all that matter!” Pretty good advice in general 🙂

  2. Jen @ Librarian for Life and Style

    I’ve definitely been pairing more brown and black together recently! I think navy and black together is also a no-no for some. But I obviously don’t have a problem with that, either! 😉 The main thing is, it has to look intentional. Perhaps that’s why pairing a lighter shade of brown, like cognac, can work better with black, as it looks more obvious and therefore, more intentional? I like that you are still pulling in the lighter, neutral tones in your outfit with the tan sweater. 🙂

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