Brown is the new black. For years, black was considered the height of sophistication, elegance, and good taste. But now the tables have turned, and designers and fashionistas alike realize the earthy and versatile qualities of brown fabric. From blazers and brown shoes to brown trousers it’s the new color to have in your closet. At least one pair of brown pants is a must in every person's wardrobe, both for men and women. You can experiment with long or short styles, wide-legged or skinny, but you'll always need to pick out an appropriate color for the top.
Almost all light colors are a good choice with brown pants, no matter how light or dark the pants are. Choose pastels for a soft, formal look like a light blue shirt or pale yellow if that compliments your skin tone better.. White is appropriate for the office but can get a bit boring after a while, so use your white shirt sparingly. Try tan to bring out the brown in the pants. Don't be afraid to experiment with different shades of brown tops, either. Monotone color can have a similar slimming effect as an all-black outfit, a look that many individuals find flattering. Light neutral colors can also be a great way to style brown, whether it be chocolate brown pants or a light brown skirt, any neutral color is sure to work.
Medium colors also have their place atop a stylish pair of brown pants. Jewel tones are especially appropriate for fall and early winter, giving a warm, earthy quality to the ensemble. If you are wearing a medium-toned top similar to the shade of brown in your pants, but aren't going for a monotone look, you'll need to spice up the top. Choose a flattering design -- your shirt need not be all one color. Or use ruffles, frills, or an interesting tie to break up the monotony. In the winter, a ruby red turtleneck or teal button down dress shirt could be the perfect clothing item to spice up your look.
A recent development in the fashion world (seen more often in the past five years) is combining brown with darker colors. Brown and blue has been a popular combination for well over 10 years, both in light and dark hues. If you have dark brown pants, you may choose a dark, medium, or light brown shirt. However, if you have light or medium brown pants, stick to lighter shades above -- otherwise, you will look top-heavy. One color combination that used to be a big taboo was pairing brown with black, but it isn't any longer. Considered a modern and chic option, black fabrics of all sorts can now be worn with brown pants for an intriguing twist on darker outfits. Black shoes and a Black shirt with brown pants creates a well put together outfit that will look clean and in style!
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It's not only tops you need to think about when wearing brown pants; accessories are important. Choose extras of a similar color to look instantly pulled-together. Shoe colors and styles will also be important. Brown leather boots will look great with a short brown skirt, then light brown suede booties could look cute with brown pants for a casual or official look. Loafers also pair well with khaki pants and black flats could be a great choice for brown corduroy pants as well. There are so many options so play into what’s trendy and experiment, whether that’s with a casual look or professional outfit!
- The Color of Style: A Fashion Expert Helps You Find Colors that Attract Love, Enhance Your Power, Restore Your Energy, Make a Lasting Impression, and Show the World Who Y; David Zyla; 2010
A professional writer for LexisNexis since 2008, Ilana Waters has created pages for websites such as ComLawOne.com and AndersonHome.com. A writing scholarship helped her graduate summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a Bachelor of Social Work. She then obtained her Master of Social Work from Monmouth University.