Confession: I never would have worn this outfit 5 years ago. Wearing black and brown together used to be my biggest pet peeve - number 1 on my list of “what not to wear”. And I’m not sure when that changed, but I have slowly but surely become the biggest offender of my own pet peeve. Don’t get me wrong - it has to be the right shade of brown (I still cringe if I see chocolate brown paired with black) and the rest of the outfit has to lend itself to the black/brown pairing, but overall I’m a fan.
There are no hard and fast rules for pairing black with brown, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure there are at least 2 “brown” toned pieces to the outfit. For this look – the gold sequined polka dots on the sweatshirt have brown undertones so the brown boots don’t look mismatched or out of place.
Uneasy about mixing black and brown? Try adding a pop of leopard or tortoiseshell, which both seamlessly incorporate both black and brown and will help to tie the two shades together.
So tell me, what are your biggest fashion pet peeves?