You would have thought I was writing about politics, because people had a lot to say!
I might hate her for being such a know-it-all if I didn’t love her so much.
So the picture below (taken last October) was the first time I mixed black and brown together.
A black tank, with a camel colored cardigan, skinny jeans, and brown boots.
And I loved the look.
A couple of years ago I would have FOR SURE worn black boots with this outfit, but
the brown boots made the outfit so much better!
If the lighting would have been better in these pics, I would have proven my point better!
short version HERE and long version HERE
*I feel like a camel colored cardigan is a wardrobe essential. I find myself grabbing this all the time because it goes with everything.
And look at this long hooded cardi HERE.
How cute would this be with skinny jeans and leggings?!?
I am sooo excited about this! These are my go to earrings, and I wear them probably 3 days per week every week. I bought them a couple of years ago, and I could never find similar ones to link to. I looked again today, and they are back in stock at The Limited! WooHoo!
So, that was my first black and brown outfit. It wasn’t bad, but I’ve got a tip
to share with you that I learned this year from all the other times I mixed black and brown together.
Choose lighter shades of brown for more contrast.
If I could make the above sentence blink, I would. It’s that important.
I’ve found that it’s actually better to mix
a cognac brown, a camel, or a taupe (vs. a chocolate brown like I did in the above picture) with black
for even more contrast and interest!
MORE CONTRAST = BETTER
It’s that simple.
Case and Point.
With black boots, this outfit would have been boring.
But the cognac boots and belt brighten it up and make it way more fun!
I think this classic denim shirt outfit proves my point quite nicely too.
Imagine this outfit with black boots and a black purse. EH. (shrug and tilt)
But with the cognac boots and purse….DARLING!
(And notice how the leopard scarf pulls the black and brown together.)
Another great example here from my friend Carly over at C Style!
Carly is one of the first bloggy friends I made, and I just love her.
She is SO chic and takes the most gorgeous pictures.
Her fab brown boots were the perfect companion to this graphic black and white sweater.
So, in the interest of helping you embrace this look with ease,
I’ve pulled together my favorite cognac pieces (bags, boots, belts, and flats) out there right now.
I looked ALL OVER internet land. And of course Nordstrom came thru for me, just like it always does. I have a couple of options from Zappos and one option from TOMS,
but most were found at Nordstrom. At least that makes ordering easy!
And oh yeah, I’ve made some collages to hopefully make it easy for you ladies to compare items and find your favorites.
*Remember that if you hover over the collages that the little Pinterest “P” pops up and you can pin them directly to Pinterest! I would love these babies to show up all over Pinterest!*
The above bags are easy on your wallet being that they are all under $100, but if you are wanting to invest in a really great cognac bag, here are some options:
*Coach mini leather satchel HERE
*Michael Kors large leather satchel with gold MK logo HERE
*Michael Kors Bedford shoulder bag HERE
*GORGEOUS Coach shoulder bag with tassel HERE
I kinda want to marry this bag.
Love the structure.
Adore the tassel.
The color is gorgeous.
Or check out THIS MK option. It makes pairing black with brown a total no brainer!
This bag makes a statement!
I think it says “Look how cool I am.”
1) Vera Cruz over the knee boots HERE
(These are SOOOO affordable! Love the wedge. Love the flap.)
2) Steve Madden Intyce boot HERE
3) My Miz Mooz wedge boots HERE,
4) Set in Stone boot HERE (Again, SO affordable!)
5) Frye riding boots HERE, 6)Frye heeled boots HERE
If you want a cognac boot, but you don’t want a wedge,
I THINK THIS IS YOUR BOOT PEOPLE! And they are affordable!
I sent a pic to Erika, and she bought them last week. She says they are SO CUTE on.
Fyi: the picture on the website looks like a standard brown, but in real-life they are cognac (which is why I didn’t include them in the above collage).
And just in case you needed another up close look at my cognac boots this year. Click HERE.
And I just got a blog comment this morning telling me about THESE Sam Edelman Penny boots.
Gorgeous! And not a bad price for such a nice boot!
And I wanted to give some Cognac bootie options too!
And I’m so excited that I just found THESE online at TOMS.com (this color sold out at Nordstrom).
Click HERE for the chestnut suede TOMS.
OOOH! Just got a comment from a reader:
I found a coupon code online for $5 off and the shipping on the TOMS website is free for a limited time. The coupon code is “TOMSFALL5”.
(These are the same boots I just got in taupe. And I cannot put into words how comfortable they are. And they look FANTASTIC with my Vigoss cuffed jeans!)
options HERE and HERE
I love both of these belts. I currently own 3 belts and I wear them all the time.
And a cognac belt does a great job breaking up dark colors and defining your waist.
So, here is my advice to you.
THROW CAUTION TO THE WIND,
PUT ON YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES,
TOSS ALL PRE-CONCEIVED NOTIONS OF WHAT YOU WERE PREVIOUSLY TAUGHT ABOUT WEARING BLACK AND BROWN TOGETHER OUT THE WINDOW.
Sorry to yell, but I felt like the situation called for it. 😉
You’re gonna like the result.
ESPECIALLY if you pair the black with COGNAC.
It’s just simple math really.
COGNAC + Black = LOVE FOREVER
You can’t argue with math.
And if you remember….cognac boots were 2nd from the top on my Fall Style Staples list
(original post found HERE).
I would like to amend that and just say “COGNAC ANYTHING”.
You need cognac in your life.
In closing, a Pinterest collage to further prove my point.
JUST TRY and argue with it. I dare you.
(And remember, you can “pin it”. Just hover and click!)
I didn’t think so.
If you haven’t checked the blog since Friday morning, then you might not have seen the shirt dress from LOFT that I added to the post on Friday afternoon.
It went 40% off last night!
Click HERE for the dress and use the code SHOP40!
Or you can shop the FLASH SALE that ends at 10:00 am Eastern Monday morning.
An additional 60% off of items already on sale, no code needed.
Click HERE for the FLASH SALE.