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Combining Black and Brown in an Outfit


Styling black and brown in an outfit

Brown and Black together? Oh my! Isn’t that against the “Rules”? I am showing you ways today how you can incorporate these two colors together.

Styling black and brown in an outfit

Black shell top with brown snakeskin scarf

Wearing Black and Brown Together

Leopard print.

It’s one of those prints you either love or don’t. It’s also one of those prints that has brown and black in the print itself. It was meant to be!

I am wearing another animal print in todays outfit, snakeskin. This scarf has black and browns in it as well.

This is one way you can start experimenting with this combination, trying accessories. Maybe you want to add a scarf or a statement necklace with these colors mixed in.

I started with the print of my scarf and then added in the black textured tank witih  wide cropped jeans. I chose shades of brown in a croc texture for my square toed sandals and my leather clutch.

I like to add warmer tones to the black so the look is warmer toward my face. My color palette is made of more of warm than cool tones, so this combination works well .

All neutral looks are quite  chic, and all of these shades act as neutrals. In the Fall, I may add a moto jacket to this look in a caramel brown I have in my closet. Remember, there are many shades of brown. Just keep it neutral and don’t look to add a pop of color. The mix of these two shades, plus if you add a pattern, as done here, will be enough for the eye.

Think of camel brown and how smart that looks with black. Add a congac or dark brown bag and you have a wonderful look!

These pieces are all older from my closet, with the exception of the JJ Winters brown croc leather clutch. I bought it on Poshmark, for a fraction of the cost.


I hope my readers out there are doing well and had a nice weekend!

Thank you for reaching out with the well wishes. I finished my antibiotics and had started to feel a bit better on Sunday. I will go for my endoscopy Thursday and see what is  causing the problem. My health can certainly test me at times!

Styling black and brown in an outfit

Wide leg denim with brown strappy sandals

An example of a Fall look with browns and black.

Do you wear this combination or do you find it hard to style?

I’d love to hear from you in the comments. 

Outfit- from my closet 🙂 Linked similar pieces

black textured shell- Banana Republic- Poshmark

wide leg cropped jeans- Wit and Wisdom Poshmark

sandals- Mango

scarf- Mango ( another sim scarf)


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  • Christine
    Posted at 13:25h, 17 August Reply

    OMGish! I absolute love this post! I never put black and brown together! AND..I am in love with the black blouse and those jeans!!! LOVE! Thanks for sharing such great information on your blog. xo, christine

  • mireilleftm
    Posted at 10:26h, 17 August Reply

    Both of these outfit are fantastic! I had to take a picture so I can recreate it with the jeans I was wearing yesterday!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 10:39h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you Mirielle! I get tnto a more solid/neutral mood at times, especially after I have been wearing alot of color~

  • Jodie
    Posted at 18:29h, 16 August Reply

    Such a gorgeous combination Jess!! I think the brown warms up the black so much. I’ll have to copy this,

  • Wendy
    Posted at 16:41h, 16 August Reply

    I bet everyone wants that gorgeous black top. I love Banana Republic and I love Poshmark, but bummer that I can’t just click a link and buy it.(I’m going to Poshmark now to see what I can see.)

    So glad you’re feeling better. Couldn’t agree more: health tests us.

    Kisses to the furries!

    Wendy TheInspiredEater

  • Michelle Churchman
    Posted at 15:56h, 16 August Reply

    Brown comes in such a wide variety shades that a hard and fast rule about not pairing brown and black is ridiculous. I love the warm medium shades you’ve paired with black. Glad you are feeling a bit better.


  • [email protected]
    Posted at 11:50h, 16 August Reply

    You always look so chic! I love combining black and brown together, Two of my favorite neutrals!

  • thisblondesshoppingbag
    Posted at 05:05h, 16 August Reply

    Isn’t it funny that the old rule about wearing black and brown together even existed? I mean loo at leopard print? Thank goodness, we’ve evolved – ha! This outfit looks great on you, I love that denim. Hope our endoscopy on Thursday give you some answers. Praying for you, friend!

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:28h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Kellyann. I know, rules in Fashion can be so silly! I am glad that we have moved past that. Yes, leopard is one of my favorite examples. I appreciate the well wishes, and I am just glad to be feeling a bit better!

  • Joyce
    Posted at 02:20h, 16 August Reply

    I love black and brown in an outfit. Sometimes i use wine as an accent color.

    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:28h, 16 August Reply

      That is marvelous! I love wines- burgundys, oxblood and that is a great combination for Fall! I appreciate the comment!

  • Rena
    Posted at 02:17h, 16 August Reply

    Jess, I’m a huge fan of the combination of brown and black and you’ve nailed it with your look. That top is fabulous and you made some really smart choices with your accessories. Glad to hear that you’re feeling better.


    • Jess Jannenga
      Posted at 09:30h, 16 August Reply

      Hi Rena,
      It has been a long 3 weeks of not doing well, but I am finally making strides and will find out on Thursday something from the Endo. Thank you! Yes, these neutrals work well together and can be brought out with accessories with a print! 🙂

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