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The Beauty of Brown

It can be daunting when making the decision to switch to a neutral style philosophy. Granted, I understand this can concept can initially seem restrictive. 

However my belief is that a closet of neutrals in turn broadens your closet due to each colour’s ability to be paired together.

PARIS, FRANCE – MARCH 05: Leonie Hanne is seen wearing laced boots with snake print, brown coat, bag, dress outside Tods lunch during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2019/2020 on March 05, 2019 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

Generally neutrals can appear one dimensional and this logic certainly can be applied to navy, black and white which naturally lacks diversity. However, just because neutrals are all equally versatile does not  mean they all share equal characteristics. Historically, brown has had a bad wrap. For a colour so classic and combined with its ability to be paired with everything from pinks, greens, blues to reds I think it is fair to state brown’s reputation is undeserved. As seen with its distant cousin grey, brown consists of so many shades and undertones that you are bound to find something to compliment your individuality which in turn will diversify your wardrobes choices when following a neutral style aesthetic.

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When it comes to incorporating browns into your closet this is one area where you shouldn’t be afraid to experiment with a different finish. From suede, to leather to corduroy, brown really shines when crafted from textured materials and juxtaposed against the softness of cashmere and other refined fabric compositions. Visually, not as heavy as black or grey, brown is an ideal colour for winter and even more so in autumn due to its flattering red and orange undertones.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 08: A guest is seen wearing brown sleeveless leather dress outside Nanushka during New York Fashion Week Autumn Winter 2019 on February 08, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)

So should you be intrigued to start experimenting with this diverse colour, here are 5 classic items every closet will benefit from:

Brown Handbag

Brown Boots

Brown Skirt 

Brown Coat 

Brown Sweater 

Lastly, don’t be afraid to pair brown with back in spite of this traditionally being considered a style taboo. In order to successfully make this union of neutrals work be sure to deem one colour as the foundation piece and categorise the other as the statement colour. For example, offset an all black ensemble with a stylish brown winter coat. Or pair brown boots with a brown skirt and tie the look together with a black polo top. Remember, colour balance is not what we are looking for here, rather we’re looking to elevate an outfit with a pop of the contrasting colour. This in turn will break up a monochrome look and add a little dimension to your overall ensemble.

Image courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar

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