Breaking The Rules: How To Mix Black and Brown (And Get Away With It!)


One of the most repeated adages of style is ‘do not mix black and brown’. It is a rule for a reason; most attempts at wearing black with brown end up looking pretty bad. However, rules are made to be broken. It is possible to mix black and brown, and look good while you are at it. In this article I will show a couple of tricks I use to pull it off.


Method 1: Visually Separate for a Gentler Transition

This is the one method that will work with just about any mixture of black and brown. One of the hardest things to pull off is black with a chocolate brown, but just by visually separating them you can make it work.

For example, in the below outfit I have a black tee with chocolate brown boots. I have used a tan belt to further soften the transition, as black works fairly well with tan.


Method 2: One Saturated, One Faded

You do not need to visually separate your blacks and browns to make them work together. It is also possible to combine them closer together using different colour saturation.

A washed out black tends to work better with browns than a heavily saturated black. In this case, the Riders I have owned for a couple of years have washed enough to work nicely with the brown of my leather jacket.


Related reading: Lookbook: June 2019


Another example: a classic outfit

A black leather Brando style jacket and brown work boots is an iconic all-American badass look, and that makes it an easy way to break the rules when it comes to mixing black and brown.


Related reading: Styles of Leather Jackets You’ll See in Australia


That’s all for today!

It is good to know the rules for things, as it gives you a foundation and puts you on the right track. However there comes a time when you need to break the rules to have some fun. Why not try it?

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