Tuesday, June 19, 2012

the unexpected color combination experiment: black + brown

I knew from the beginning of the unexpected color combination experiment that I wanted to create an outfit pairing black and brown. It may be the lack of appropriate pieces in my wardrobe, but this particular combination was a big challenge for me. But, given that this is the last pairing in this series, I knew I had to give a go.


Results. I paired this (I know it's hard to tell from the pictures) brown wide belt and brown pumps with this solid black dress and walked out the door. I was scared, friends. Shakin' in my heels. But as the hours passed, my love for this outfit grew and grew. Although I'm not sure if this had to do with the color pairing or more to do with the fact that wearing this dress feels like wearing pajamas.


Figure. Black next to potential brown shade choices.

My opinion is that as long as the brown isn't really, really dark it can pair with black. The key is to be deliberate with the pairing otherwise it will look like you just got dressed in the dark. If you are going to do this - do this.


Talk about ending on a positive note. Three, count them three, compliments happened on the day I wore black and brown together. And, just because two came from the same person on two separate occasions doesn't mean they don't count. I repeat, three.


In conclusion, black and brown was the most personally challenging and most successful color combination so far.

This marks the final pairing in the unexpected color combination experiment. Look for a 'discussion and conclusion' post in the coming weeks and be thinking about what fashion experiment you want to see next!

19 comments:

  1. SUPER pretty!!! I am stealing outfit ideas from you for interviews ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  2. I am always wondering if I can pull off black and brown but you sure did! Beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i appreciate this! i was a bit nervous about this post...

      Delete
  3. The outfit definitely works! Congrats on pulling it off!

    xx,
    LLE

    ReplyDelete
  4. This is such an awesome combination.....great inspiration!

    Rebecca
    www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

    ReplyDelete
  5. Your face in the first picture says it all ;) Black and brown is a tough one to do, but I like the idea of neutral brown accessories. Looks great!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. haha, i know, right? my face is classic - i'm like, "what the *#*## am i doing?" but, it worked!

      Delete
  6. I love the combo of black and brown - I find it's hard to do those dark colours at all, whether separately or together, without looking like you're a New Yorker or a really sad person haha (I love colour!) so I love the white tank underneath, really brightens it up! You look fab, and yes - that dress looks like it would be super comfy!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks anna! i usually opt for bright colors too, but sometimes a change is good!

      Delete
  7. I love pairing black dresses with brown/camel/tan boots! Matching rules, pshhhh.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. great idea! i'll have to remember that come winter time when i bring my brown boots back out.

      Delete
  8. What a lovely outfit Sara! I have always been skeptical of that colour pairing too- nice to see it can be done :)

    Congrats on having a successful final experiment!

    ReplyDelete
  9. I do a lot of black leggings with brown boots in the winter, its super cute.

    ReplyDelete
  10. I love this look, and I really like pairing brown and black together - I think the deeper hue of brown, the better. That belt is gorgeous! Hope you have a great night :)

    ReplyDelete