Wearing Black and Brown


Have you ever looked at something and couldn’t quite tell if it was very dark brown or black? If so, then you know why the old fashion rule exists that “you should never wear black with brown”. When trying to match black with black, a very dark shade of brown could trick you into thinking it’s black, and then you’d look like you “got dressed in the dark”. The same can be said of very dark navy.


So, how do you pair black with brown? I like to make sure the tones are different enough that they aren’t easily mistaken for each other. I love pairing tan and other light browns with black, as well as reddish-brown tones like cognac.

Yet another great discovery by Jean, these shorts are Zara kids, and were an absolute steal during the Zara fall sale. The rich tweed texture in varying shades of brown made a beautiful pairing with the flat textured black shirt. I brought brown back into the top of the outfit with the brass tones of the necklace, and kept the rest of the accessories black.


Outfit detailsBanana Republic shirt :: Zara shorts :: Kate Spade shoes :: Chanel handbag :: Stella & Dot necklace & bracelet (c/o) :: Kate Spade watch

Altered – Kate Spade watch has had the strap replaced


  • Reply May 5, 2013


    I’d never think to put together black and brown, but what you did here looks amazing! I think if I abide by your rules, I could do it too! ;)

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  • i think black looks perfect with tans and red-browns, too. i love those shorts, great steal last fall!

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  • Reply May 5, 2013


    Worked out nice.Like you said, the eyes are playing tricks on me…almost appears as if some of the threading could be black.

  • Reply May 5, 2013

    sharon lei

    Love the look, hun. I like the shorts, because even at a modest length, they are still super flattering on you. The necklace is gorgeous… and your pup is adorable! Hope you’re enjoying the rest of the weekend.
    xx Love & Aloha

  • Reply May 5, 2013


    wow, that is a gorgeous necklace and the shorts look very lux! Now I have tweed shorts on my mind :)

  • Reply May 6, 2013


    Love your necklace, Kelly. I didn’t notice that the shorts are brown in Jean’s pic, but they look really good on you!

  • Reply May 6, 2013

    Petite Tomatoes

    i love the shorts. Clinton is so cute. =)

  • Reply May 7, 2013


    I love this combo/look! You could never tell that those were kids shorts – they look great!


  • Reply May 8, 2013

    Olalonpe Ige

    Spot on again Kelly – love it :-)

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