Sure, we all love black—it's the easiest to wear, right? As it turns out, our lengthy research shows us that brown is just as versatile, plus it's a lot less predictable. When paired with a variety of other hues, these tans, chestnuts and chocolates never fail to look sophisticated. So if you're set on standing out come autumn (yes, we're well aware it's the middle of summer but we love to plan), this palette makes a great replacement for your standard-issue sombre colours. It feels rich and luxurious—plus a bevvy of our favourite street style stars are spinning out excellent examples—what more could you ask for? And in lightweight fabrics you'll be summer-ready in an instant.
That said, brown is notoriously polarising. Many consider it to be an "ugly" colour. But hear us out and give it a chance. It feels renewed for this season in particular and there are plenty of ways you can look into wearing it. Intrigued as to which shades work best with this rich neutral? Scroll down to see, and shop the hues that pair beautifully with brown...
Style Notes: Trust Olivia Palermo to do one of the hardest colour combos and still make it look fresh and exciting. Take her tip of wearing a bold red with the brown and burgundy too.
Style Notes: The brightest of light blues paired with brown is just the right amount of contrast in an outfit.
Style Notes: Well, of course, black looks good with this polarising colour. Try a lighter shade of khaki, however, for a more summery take on this combination.
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Style Notes: Khaki, or army green, and brown are definitely siblings on the colour spectrum, so it makes sense that they complement each other well. Remember, you don't have to go all-out with the brown, you can do accessories.
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Style Notes: Another sure hit when wearing brown is to pair with cream. It's the grown-up way to do it.
Style Notes: A more controversial choice. On paper it sounds awful, in real life, you're giving off delicious Neopolitan ice cream vibes.
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Style Notes: This is essentially brown upon light brown but we've come this far, who are we to argue? Pair with jeans to liven the double-hit up.
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