How To Wear Brown

How To Wear Brown Sneaky, Subtle and Sophisticated: Brown Has Taken Over My Closet

Sneaky, Subtle and Sophisticated: Brown Has Taken Over My Closet

Maybe it happened in the middle of the night. Sneaky and quiet. But somehow, brown is the unassuming color that has snuck into my closet. I mean, it’s not like it was ever uninvited. There was no “keep out, brown” sign. It just wasn’t a color I thought looked good on me: a pale blonde. And with so many bright and beautiful colors to compete with, anything in brown was never the top runner when I had saved enough money to buy a new item. So, if you asked me how much brown I owned, I would probably respond with “not much” or “you know, it’s just kind of a blah color on me.” It’s funny how our minds can convince us of something that isn’t a reality. What is a reality is that from tops to leather pants, to heels to crossbody bags – my closet is now close to 50% brown. I’m officially into brown! It’s time to start acknowledging and appreciating its worth in style. It’s time to start thinking of brown as the new black.

Brown can be used as a base to set the stage for other colors, but also a color that can stand on its own. Unlike its fellow neutral friends (black and white), it has so many different shades – chocolate, beige, tan, camel, nude, to name a few. At least one shade of brown complements almost every color in the rainbow. I love mixing camel with a bold orange or a jewel-tone. I love mixing dark brown with lighter shades, such as a soft yellow or pale pink. And while there could be an argument on whether nude is in the brown family or not, I see it as a member and would wear nude with bright red or cobalt blue.

Brown has taken over my closet, here's how I style it.

What I found recently is that I love mixing shades of brown. With so many options, you don’t even have to introduce a different color if you don’t want to (and if you do, I love keeping the tone neutral with a subtle cream). Light and dark head-to-toe brown look is not just a luxurious and classic look, its wearable season round. The current safari trend is the perfect example, as we head from winter style to resort and spring.

How To Wear Brown


How To Wear Brown as a Base

Because there are so many different shades of brown, at least one shade will complement almost every color in the rainbow.

  • Camel with a bold orange or jewel-tone
  • Mixing dark and light brown with soft yellow or pale pink
  • Wearing nude with bright red or cobalt blue

How To Wear Brown on its Own


  • Only wearing different shades of brown
  • Wearing different shades of brown, but just add a complimentary cream color
Get started with an all-brown look by styling an outfit keeping these guidelines in mind:
  • Look for a dark brown leather moto jacket
  • Pair it over a tan turtleneck sweater
  • Finish the look with a camel tote bag

Affiliate Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links to products and brands I love.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on stumbleupon
Share on reddit
Share on tumblr
Share on pinterest

More To Love

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.