Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Studio 5: Wearing Black and Brown Together

Here is the Studio 5 TV segment I did today on wearing black and brown together. You watch it below or find it here. If you saw something you liked on the show, I will be posting the sources of all the items seen shortly.

Style File: Wearing Black and Brown Together  
What used to be a fashion faux pas is now considered fashion chic!
Fashion Blogger Ali Henrie is here to prove black and brown do belong together.

Wearing brown and black together is a great way to mix up your wardrobe in the fall and winter. Here are a few tips to make them work together while still keeping the outfit stylish and on trend.  

Look as though you are wearing black and brown together on purpose
When you wear black and brown together you want to look like you meant to wear them together. Wearing a brown belt with black shoes might look like you didn't have brown shoes. So try to have more than one item of each color, otherwise that one item in brown or black may look out of place. By adding a couple of different items in each color will help to balance the outfit and make it look like it was meant to be.

Use different textures
Textures are a way to add life to neutrals including brown and black. To make these colors more visually interesting, try using different textures and materials such as a wool pant, a silky blouse, a patent leather belt, and animal pattern shoes. The look will not only be more interesting to look at, but also look more expensive.

Keep the browns similar in shade as well as the blacks
Different shades of brown and black create different looks. If you want more contrast use lighter shades of brown with black such as camel or nude. If you want a subtle look try wearing a darker shade of brown with black such as chocolate. Although keep in mind black and dark brown together can be plain, so think about adding in creams, gold and other light neutrals to warm up the outfit. The browns and blacks don't need to match exactly, but keep the browns similar in shade as well as the blacks. You want the browns and blacks to complement each other; this will help to create a more unified outfit.

Since brown and black are neutrals, use them as an anchor for other colors
Brown and black are neutrals so use them as a base for adding color. Color will really stand out against a neutral backdrop so decide if you want a little or a lot of color. If you want just a little pop of color think about adding color with a handbag, a belt, some shoes, or other accessories. If you want a lot of color try something more bold by wearing a bright colored pant, skirt, top or jacket.


buddhenrie said...

You did so well! Now, I'm thinking about about wearing leopard print shoes this fall/winter . . .

Haley @ Cardigan Junkie said...

I love wearing black and brown, but only started doing it a couple of years ago. I'm surprised more people don't think to do it!

Whitney said...

You go, girl! You did fantastic and look AMAZING!


Great Job Ali! You looked so good and a lot less nervous than last segment...I can't wait to see more.

Hayley said...

awesome! all the outfits were perfect - my fav was the last one though. nice job.

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

Awesome Ali! Great job! Love the jeans you were wearing ;) or were they pants?