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Debunking Fashion Rules – Brown and Black

5 Oct

I’m sure you’ve heard that brown and black don’t go together. In certain situations, yes. But there are ways to wear these colors together and to do it well. Just another way to expand your wardrobe options. 🙂

Here is how I wore these colors together today.

The above shade of brown was light enough that it accented the black as opposed to competing with it. I also think this works better than wearing a brown top with black pants or vice versa. Accessorizing with the brown, in my opinion, was more successful. My black dress wasn’t quite warm enough for the weather in it’s own, so underneath I layered a black top and tights.

A couple other things I’d like to address aside from the color theme – my scarf and belt. Both I found at the Salvation Army for $.99. I saw the scarf and bought it without a purpose in mind, but I liked it and knew I’d find something to do with it. I liked the way it worked around my neck today. I was also thinking I could wrap it around a purse someday. The belt – I have a hard time finding waist belts in my size … so one solution I have found is woven belts! You can wear them at any length you want – hip or waist. Perfect.

This is my favorite purse. I actually carry this most every day just for lack of a better option. This is the first time I’ve featured it because it doesn’t normally match what I’m wearing very well. I normally wait to buy purses until I find one I love since I carry them daily. I was particularly drawn to the bohemian feel of this purse … but also that it still has structure. It’s just the right size, too. I can carry everything I need, but there isn’t enough room to hoard unnecessary items. The strap is also adjustable. It works hanging from one shoulder and I can sling across my body as well. I’m still waiting to find my perfect black purse …

Here is my ponytail trick for today. I’m sure you’ve seen it done before … but not everyone knows how to execute it. It’s simple! Just pull your hair into a ponytail with a hair band. After that, take a piece of hair from the ponytail (I usually take one from underneath), wrap it around your band, and pin it into place. Stick the pin straight into your ponytail through the band to anchor it.

Outfit Breakdown.
Scarf: Salvation Army ($.99)
Dress: The Gap
Top: The Gap (Originally $19.50)
Belt: Salvation Army ($.99)
Tights: The Gap (Originally $12.50)
Bracelets: Forever 21 and mom hand-me-down

Cowboy Boots: Gift from my Texan Aunt. (How appropriate!)
Purse: Banana Republic (Originally $150)

There you have it! Do you think you will go against this fashion rule and try brown and black together? Give it a try! It’s different and unexpected. 🙂

– Kayls.