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 details – Banana 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
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! ;)
i think black looks perfect with tans and red-browns, too. i love those shorts, great steal last fall!
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Worked out nice.Like you said, the eyes are playing tricks on me…almost appears as if some of the threading could be black.
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
wow, that is a gorgeous necklace and the shorts look very lux! Now I have tweed shorts on my mind :)
Love your necklace, Kelly. I didn’t notice that the shorts are brown in Jean’s pic, but they look really good on you!
i love the shorts. Clinton is so cute. =)
I love this combo/look! You could never tell that those were kids shorts – they look great!
Spot on again Kelly – love it :-)