Black and tan are color staples in many closets. What makes these two neutral hues complement each other is their versatility, which is especially true when it comes to footwear. A light tan boot pairs well with black because of the sharp color contrast it creates. There are a few ways to best dress this color combo.

What to Pair

The outfit’s success largely depends on how you couple your top-half with the light tan boots. The length of the boots should help guide you in piecing together an outfit. With riding boots, try skinny jeans and a simple black tee. Black tights and a black cotton dress go well with knee-high boots. Couple a black above-the-knee skirt with chunky ankle boots. Pair black leggings with an oversized brown sweater (in a differing brown shade) and riding boots. Another look is a black mini with knee-length boots. In the warmer months, black shorts, a simple tee and ankle boots work. A dressier option is a short sleeved v-neck dress with heeled tall boots.

Heel Height

Mix up the heel height and type. Use short, chunky heels for a more casual style with shorts. Wear a thin, stiletto heel for something a bit classier. For skinny jeans and leggings, riding boots are a consistently safe and fashionable choice. Tuck your pant right into the boot.

The Boots are the Focus

Black attire is classic and versatile but it can also be a little too simple at times, making a contrasting color like tan or beige the perfect counterpoint to your black ensemble. Boots translate from season to season, and you really can get away with only needing one or two pairs, making a quality pair of boots a wise investment. Choose real leather that will last a long time and give off a quality impression.

Faux Pas

Don’t mix casual with formal. For example, a dressy satin black dress paired with chunky boots is a definite no-no. Make sure your boots aren’t too tight — bulging calves and ankles are a sore sight. A side zipper or buckle is fine, but excessive detailing like studs and chains are not as versatile and timeless as a smooth and simple boot.

References and Resources

10 Commandments of Wearing Brown Boots