See how brown and black make a terrific look

styleover40 Woman in work outfit with black and brown
Oliveo brown faux suede blazer with Oliveo straight leather skirt, GNW printed cardigan worn as top, structured bag, DIY necklaces with glass polished by the Rhine river and studded statement heels (all own)

Break old fashion rules

When I was a kid my mother and grandmother taught me various fashion rules. One of them was never wear brown and black together. While as a kid I had to obey this rule, today I love to break it. I like to combine this fake suede brown blazer with my black pencil leather skirt. Another  old fashioned style rule I like to break is not to wear white after Labor Day.

fashionover40 woman in business casual outfit
Front view of polished work outfit with Oliveo leather skirt and Oliveo faux suede blazer, GNW cardigan, structured bag, DIY statement necklace, Hermes collier de chien bracelets and studded heels (all own)

When wearing brown and black together, go for browns that are on the medium to light side

As now temperatures were in the lower 50s (10oC) in Fairbanks even in the afternoon, I wore my GNW 3/4 sleeve printed cardigan as a top. The cardigan has a black, beige and light brown print which ties the brown and black of the blazer and skirt and the beige and black of the shoes together. To give the outfit some further edge – in addition to wearing black and brown together – I wore my studded heels. The structured bag screams “I mean business” and helps keeping this outfit work appropriate in a casual work place. To up the style factor, I rolled up the sleeves.

Do you break old fashion rules? Do you wear brown and black together?

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Photos: G. Kramm

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