Outfit: Black and Brown

November 7, 2011

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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  • http://www.mydressyways.com My Dressy Ways

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

  • http://fashionfractions.com/ Neris

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


    Fashion Fractions

  • http://recycledconsignanddesign.blogspot.com Amanda

    Gahhh those are some great choices! Great attire!

  • http://manolosmanicuresthismom.blogspot.com/ Yanira

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


  • http://iamchiconthecheap.com Lyddiegal

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

  • AllisonK

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


  • http://fashionbyalicia.com Fashion By Alicia

    Perfect!! Love this look!

  • http://stripesandsequins.com grace - stripes & sequins

    Very cute… Love your ankle booties!! xo

  • http://atthepinkofperfection.blogspot.com Amy @ Aththe Pink of Perfection

    I love black and brown together! Look fab girl!

  • http://www.pencilskirtsandlattes.com Pencil Skirts and Lattes

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


  • http://www.hereandthereandeverywhere.com/ Amanda

    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.

    • Alyson

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

  • http://www.gamedaystylist.com Sara @ Gameday Stylist

    Love brown & black! Great outfit choices :)

  • http://www.glamkittenslitterbox.com/ Bonnie

    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

  • http://www.jointhegossip.blogspot.com Leeann @ Join the Gossip

    You pull off the look so well! Whenever I try it I feel awkward :( Maybe I should give it another go :)

  • http://thewardrobecode.com Nicole - The Wardrobe Code

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

  • http://www.teresalifeandstyle.blogspot.com Teresa @ Teresa Life and Style

    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

  • http://thealternativebride.blogspot.com/ Dawn {The Alternative Wife}

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

  • http://everything-pretty.com Everything Pretty Girls

    I love this combo, and your boots! Gorgeous!

    xo everything-pretty.com

  • http://irisfocusedonfashion.blogspot.com Iris

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


    • Alyson

      Thanks so much!!

  • http://stethandstilettos.blogspot.com Ria

    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 @ stethandstilettos.blogspot.com (Hope you can visit when you get a chance to!)

    • Alyson

      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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  • http://www.chicnpink.blogspot.com Jules

    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.

  • http://www.haute-lunch.com Tara J.

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

  • http://www.RealGirlGlam.com Amber from Real Girl Glam

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

  • http://thefrugalistadiaries.blogspot.com megan, the frugalista diaries

    love love love

  • http://www.ihaveadegreeinthis.com/ Kimberlee

    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 :)

  • http://glamamom.com Glamamom

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

  • http://rachelssymbioticlife.blogspot.com Rachel

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

  • http://sprinklesinsprings.com Kara

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

    • Alyson

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

  • http://www.funfashionfit.com Jani

    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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