At a recent ASG event, a woman with beautiful dark brown hair like this asked how she could wear her Key Neutral – chocolate brown – in combinations that didn’t get too warm and Autumn-y (which she was certainly NOT). I often get this question from people who asume that only the warmest accent colors work with brown. So I put together some samples of fabrics and accessory combination to accomplish that goal. Whether you sew your wardrobe or buy ready-made, these combos should provide inspiration for all brunettes to walk away from a steady diet of black, black and more black and step into some more-flattering chocolate instead.
I’d start by adding a Chocolate brown Core Four grouping to her wardrobe – skirt, pant, shell and topper. Then her first step might be mixing those browns with her existing black garments to make uber-sophisticated neutral outfits. Here are examples with a mesh scarf, a fringed wool-like wrap and a back/brown jersey print as possible “links” to make visual sense of the unexpected color combo. What a sophisticated way to update existing basics, right?
Next I added a muted red to the mix – a smidge warmer and richer than classic red – and a linking chiffon print in black/brown/red – for a scarf or a kimono topper (those are so popular right now).
A soft Blush color – between pink and peach – is universally flattering and in the fashion forefront these days, so a shell or jacket (or both) would be great mixers for the brown. I added a long, chunky necklace to tie the two colors together. I snapped these quick photos on my glass dining table, so you’re seeing the wood floors and chair legs in the corner – oops!
Universally flattering teal blue looks great with the chocolate brown too, especially with the addition of this zig-zag print sweater knit for an accent piece. In the same way the teal brightens the brown brighten in the print, it will also spotlight her hair color.
Love this soft green rayon jersey as a soft top or a shell/cardigan duo with the chocolate brown bottoms and a brown/green scarf as the accessory. And of course shell or cardigan could work alone with a chocolate top+bottom color column. Adding those two pieces creates 6 possible outfits.
But wait … there’s more. Dark green is making an important statement this Fall, so why not add it to our mix? It’s great with those soft green pieces and the same linking scarf, right? I wish my color photography was more accurate, but the dense surface of the dark green ponte knit and the satin stripe of the scarf both reflect a camera flash. Sorry.
Oh yes, and the blush that we mixed with the chocolate is also gorgeous with the dark green. And this knock-out scarf pulls that look together.
This is how a true wardrobe is supposed to serve its owner. Practically everything works with practically everything else. Lots of solid colors, plus a few patterned garments and great accessories. What additions could create that level of flexibility within your closet?