Outfit: Black and Brown

Sometimes you need to throw fashion rules out the window! One of them: color combos. I am head-over-heels with not only navy and black together, but brown and black. And, I’m not the only one. As the temperatures drop, you’ll see star sightings and smokin’  TAGG gals everywhere donning this great color combo.

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The most popular, easiest way to pull off black and brown together? Brown boots with black tights/leggings and any top. Tip: look for a brown boot with rich, caramel and cognac tones, not too dark, so you can easily see the color contrast.

Check out my example below — I wore this outfit on Saturday to an a “Sip & See” during the day, and then to happy hour at night. Another example: last year, I donned knee-high brown boots with leggings (though the boots could be a touch lighter).

dress: express (2011) / boots: banana republic (spring 2011; last seen here! / similar) / necklace: f21 (2011; now just $6.86!) / tights: c/o hanes hoisery (2011; best waist band, so comfy!)

Want your own boots? Here’s a half dozen major cuties I’ve scouted:


 1. Xhileration Kainda ($34 – Target is BOGO 1/2 on boots this week!) /2. zara combined ($169) /3.  Steve Madden Intyce ($149) / 4. Mee Too Orianna ($109) / 5. matt bernson minx ($264) // 6. Call it Spring Tish ( $50)


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    November 21, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    I definitely mix both black&brown and Navy&black. It’s fun to break the rules from time to time. haha


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    November 14, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    You look absolutely gorgeous! And I’m a big fan of black and brown together.
    xx Kara
    Sprinkles in Springs

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      November 15, 2011 at 9:33 AM

      Thanks so much, Kara. Me too! Hoping more people jump on this color band wagon.

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    November 14, 2011 at 4:11 PM

    I adore brown and black. I really need to flesh out my wardrobe with this. So versatile and easy.

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    November 12, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    Oh I agree. Matchy matchy is so out. You look fab.

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    November 12, 2011 at 3:02 PM

    Great look! Black and brown used to be very faux paus (my aunt still insists they can’t go together lol!) but it definitely has been styled wonderfully 🙂

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    megan, the frugalista diaries
    November 9, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    love love love

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    Amber from Real Girl Glam
    November 8, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    I Love Love Love brown and black together in the fall. A perfect combination!

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    Tara J.
    November 7, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Love the look! Those boots are amazing! I hope you are doing well and that you had a great weekend! Miss you!

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    November 7, 2011 at 11:17 PM

    I’ve just started rocking this combo this fall and I absolutely love it too. Some fashion rules totally need to be thrown out the window. I love your outfit. That Express dress looks great on you.

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    phyllis miller
    November 7, 2011 at 10:02 PM


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    November 7, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    What a very timely post this is. Just the other day I was contemplating whether I should wear black jeans with brown boots – because for a VERY long time I had sworn never to wear black and brown together! But after trying it on – I actually liked it. And I am so glad you put this post up so I can cite this if ever anyone tells me I’m crazy for wearing them together! Thank you!

    xoxo, Ria @ (Hope you can visit when you get a chance to!)

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      November 7, 2011 at 9:18 PM

      haha, so funny! you can totally blame me and lead people to this post if they say anything. Sounds like it would look SO great!

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    November 7, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I like how you paired those boots with that dress. Very cute!! The colors look great.

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      November 7, 2011 at 9:17 PM

      Thanks so much!!

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    Everything Pretty Girls
    November 7, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I love this combo, and your boots! Gorgeous!


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    Dawn {The Alternative Wife}
    November 7, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Love the look! I think those colors look fabulous together. I do it often myself 🙂 xoxo

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    Teresa @ Teresa Life and Style
    November 7, 2011 at 2:13 PM

    So pretty! I personally love Black and Brown together. Its such an unexpected look and when I wear it, people always compliment… you look fantastic 🙂

    xo Teresa

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    Nicole - The Wardrobe Code
    November 7, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    THANK YOU for dispelling this myth! Of course black and brown go together – same with black and blue.

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    Leeann @ Join the Gossip
    November 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    You pull off the look so well! Whenever I try it I feel awkward 🙁 Maybe I should give it another go 🙂

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    November 7, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Ahhhhhhhh. Okay. I love the way you did this. This is as far as I will ever take the brown/black color combo. Black outfit with tannish shoes — that’s okay. Any more than that is just wrongwrongwrong. I can’t do it. It makes me break out in hives.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

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    Sara @ Gameday Stylist
    November 7, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    Love brown & black! Great outfit choices 🙂

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    November 7, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Agree! My go-to for running errands on Saturday is my flat brown boots with black leggings and a long neutral cardigan (cream, gray, whatever color). Love the look and so easy, relaxed.

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      November 7, 2011 at 9:16 PM

      Love! Always looks put together, yet, so comfy!

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    Pencil Skirts and Lattes
    November 7, 2011 at 11:24 AM

    You look adorable!! I LOVE black and brown together… one of my favorite looks. Love those Zara boots #2! Great post, dear!


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    Amy @ Aththe Pink of Perfection
    November 7, 2011 at 11:15 AM

    I love black and brown together! Look fab girl!

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    grace - stripes & sequins
    November 7, 2011 at 11:12 AM

    Very cute… Love your ankle booties!! xo

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    Fashion By Alicia
    November 7, 2011 at 11:00 AM

    Perfect!! Love this look!

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    November 7, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    Couldn’t agree more with breaking the rules every once in awhile! Love all of the examples you put together for this post!

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    November 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    i am always a big fan of mixing neutrals, brown and black look amazing together!

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    November 7, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    I love the brown and black look. I wish more ppl would embrace it.


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    November 7, 2011 at 8:37 AM

    Gahhh those are some great choices! Great attire!

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    November 7, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    I actually end up wearing black and brown pretty often 🙂 I love your outfit!


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    My Dressy Ways
    November 7, 2011 at 8:04 AM

    Perfection! I love brown and black together, all thanks to my love for cognac boots. Haha. 🙂 Your boots are so fabulous!!!!

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