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AN ODE TO BROWN


Brown is a softer, kinder colour than black – and it's too often neglected in our outfit choices.


The bright faux fur coat is a perfect third piece with my brown ensemble
The bright faux fur coat is a perfect third piece with my brown ensemble

Chestnut, chocolate, caramel, cocoa — the names alone put you in a good mood. Now, imagine putting on clothes with these magnificent shades of brown!


Brown is often kicked to the curb by its bigger, badder sister the colour black. But to my mind, brown is a softer, kinder colour, too often neglected. Let's examine why you need to rethink the colour brown.


Chocolate faux leather leggings + a cappuccino  sweater = mocha !
Chocolate faux leather leggings + a cappuccino sweater = a mocha outfit!

Topaz, mocha, cinnamon, pecan, peanut — the range of brown shades is dazzling. Unlike black, which can be aging, shades of brown can soften and even enhance your complexion.


My chocolate faux leather leggings are a perfect place to start. These wonderful leggings move with me and are as comfortable as pair of yoga pants. (But they are NOT yoga pants!)


The simple, cappuccino-brown sweater with a cross detail in front is an ideal match. Notice how it sits on my waist, giving me shape and elongating my leg line. Even if your waist is not your best feature, defining it is better than hiding it.


Shimmer and sequins aren't just for the holidays
Shimmer and sequins aren't just for the holidays.

My slouchy, deep-umber blazer with caramel shades of shimmer brightens the whole outfit and ups the cocoa ante.


It's amazing how a belt can transform a look.
It's amazing how a belt can transform a look.

Adding a belt completely changes the look. Shimmer and sequins aren't just for the holidays, they're meant to be worn year round.


Wrap coat from Uniglo is a wardrobe staple.
Wrap coat from Uniglo is a wardrobe staple.

This dark, woodland wrap coat from UniGlo is one of my wardrobe staples and adds to the brown theme.


Everyone can wear brown — you just need to find the shades that suit you. For me, the warmer shades of cinnamon, gingerbread, and tawny best are best. For you it might be cedar or carob, peanut or pecan.

Kick black to the curb and embrace brighter shades of brown.

In our swinging 6ixties, we need to kick black to the curb and embrace better, brighter shades of brown. So, next time you're eyeing a black separate, just turn around and enter into the magical world of brown.