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Combining black and brown. Yes or no?

May 21, 2015

You likely know that our products come in three different colors: black and two different shades of brown.

What most of our regular customers do is start off with one product, which becomes the cornerstone of their collection. Typically, most will stay loyal to their first color choice. We can’t blame them. In our opinion, it enhances your outfit when you sport, for example, a messenger bag, wallet and MacBook sleeve in the same color, stitching and other details.

However, we became curious. How does the fashion world feel about combining black and brown? Why don't we see more people on the streets wearing this color combination? And should you give it a try?

Let's find out what a fashion editor, a fashion blogger and our own stylist have to say on the topic.

Sachin Bhola says yes

A while back, a discussion on this very topic surfaced at AskMen.com. The verdict: feel free to wear it!

AskMen's fashion editor Sachin Bhola states:

“Wearing brown and black in the same fabric can look flat, but by introducing skins (leather, suedes), accessories and other colors, you can really create a sharp look.”

Check out the original article for more details.

OK, is the blazer brown or red? We just can't decide:)

OK, this example is rather extreme. But you get the point, don't you? Image source: https://goo.gl/Wn00lB

James Parker says you need to know how to pull it off

In his article in Style Sample Mag, James Parker also gives black-and-brown combinations a green light.

However, he adds:

“When wearing black pants, brown shoes of the right tone can offer a unique, inspiring touch, but a little more effort may be needed to make it clear you didn’t just do it by accident, lack common fashion sense or forget your black dress shoes at home.”

Amen to that!

What also looks great is a combination of two different shades of brown.

What also looks great is a combination of two different shades of brown. We know a thing or two about that ourselves:) Image source: https://flic.kr/p/r7cCek

Our stylist Gabrielle

Brown might add something slightly provocative to your outfit, but it's not always appropriate. If you wear a black suit, it's the particular occasion that matters most. Evening cocktails, dinners and other events call for black shoes. However, you don't need to be afraid of matching that exact suit with a pair of brown ones during the day -- be a trendsetter, if you know how to make it work with other parts of your outfit.

What I think makes the perfect combination is black chinos with brown shoes. There's nothing eccentric about that. Just match the shoes with your bag and belt and fine-tune it with a white shirt. Don't add more colors, though!

And just in case you still don't believe in combining black with brown, go for black with dark blue. It's elegant and works just fine with suits as well as any other outfit.

What do you say?

While there are people whose opinion basically shapes the opinion of thousands of others, it's you who will or will not be wearing it. So the question is: does combining black and brown sound like something you'd do? Or do you think you'll be better off with just one of these colors at a time?

Let us know in the comments or on our Facebook page.

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