Thursday, January 12, 2012

Wardrobe: a base of black and brown

All clothes – 3.1 Phillip Lim

Jacket – Vince, Cardigan – Closed, Blouse – Marc by Marc Jacobs, Tee shirt – Michael Stars, dress – Michael by Michael Kors, sweater – Closed, pants – Michael Kors, Skirt – Alberta Ferretti 

Tweed coat – Lanvin, striped tee – Vince, black and brown tweed skirt - Carven, blue sweater – Alexander Wang, blue cardigan – Vero Moda,  blue tee – John Lewis, white tee – Debenhams, white shirt – Helmut Lang

1. Pumps – Bandolino, bracelet – Monica Vinaeder, bag - Fendi
2. Umps - Ferragamo, necklace – Alexis Bittar, earrings – Sahani Azibo
3. Oxford - Anniel, scarf – Hermès, pearl earrings - Majorica
4. Flats – Debenhams, ring & earrings – Effy Collection

5. Suede pumps – Clarks England, brooch – Carolee,  suede tote – Pauric Sweeney
6. Flats – Blowfish, brooch- 1928, cross body bag - Debenhams
7. Oxfords - Zenggi, brown tights – Oasis, necklace – Kenneth Jay Lane
8. Pumps - Footcandy, earrings – Cathy Waterman, scarf – Peter Pilotto

9. Pumps – Stuart Weitzman, Scarf - Hermes, tote - Givenchy
10. SandalsProenza Schouler, bracelet & earrings – Max & Chloe
11. Boots – Debenhams, scarf – Alexander McQueen, earrings – Kimberly McDonald
12. Slingbacks – Bottega Veneta, necklace – Wendy Mink, sunglasses – Karen Walker


  1. I didn't request this, but I should/would have! Cranberry or maroon would also work as an accent, right?

  2. Yep - a deep shade of red would be beautiful with brown and black... I'm going to file that idea away for a future wardrobe!
    thanks for being here,
    big hug,

  3. Absolutely beautiful!. I love blue and brown together. I don't wear much brown as my hair is grey and I find it really isn't my color, but I do love to look at it. Great job.

  4. Yes, yes! And the idea of deep red as an accent is wonderful too although I fear black and red (cherry red) can look a bit Dracula or worse so I will pay particular attention to this future wardrobe if you ever invent it.

    But, I do find it hard to find bitter chocolate shades anywhere particularly out of the designer league. I would love this in a more casual version: I'll keep on the lookout for exchanges for the high end pieces for non-dry-clean swaps that will take the brunt of cooking, gardening, driving, dog-walking without me (or anyone else) wincing.

  5. You're right - nice brown is tough to find. I've had the best luck at Eddie Bauer, but that was two or three years ago... (and it was all blissfully washable!) If you stumble across something nice, please let me know so I can pass on the word!
    and thanks for being here,

  6. I love black and brown together...and your accessory choices are always amazing.

  7. Lovely ideas, I wear both black & brown with gray - boring? - I call it serene! and with celadon accents too. Looking at your pics I definitely need some more interesting necklaces/ scarves etc

  8. I'm not a fan of brown and black together but you have a knack of making every combo interesting. Well done!

  9. I am thrilled to finally see your black and brown wardrobe. I have been trying to add more brown closer to my face as I age. My hair is now completely white/silver and it seems less harsh than my usual black. The blue accent is wonderful and I like the idea of red as well. Thank you. Thank you!

  10. You read my mind! I have a brown tweed skirt and need inspiration! Can you do more with that Vince tweed skirt [spitting image of the one I have]? Could I use a black top? need I stick with shades of brown????

  11. Love the black and brown combinations.

  12. Hello,
    I am French and just discovered your blog a few days ago. It fell exactly at the right time as I do not know any longer how I should be dressed (I gave up dressing up a few years ago when I took 5 kilos). I have always been thin (French size 36) and do not know what to do with myself. Your blog gave me a little hope...
    When I was 40, I had my colours done and it appeared that I am : subtile spring. My basic colour should be brown but I hate it. I plan to build a whole wardrobe on navy blue and camel or beige as the second basic color and add a few pastels (mostly off white and blue). I love the blue color. My age is 58 (still working in an office). My hair is fair (not blond though) and my size now is French 38 (my height is 1,55 meter). I would appreciate every idea, help and comment. I think you have done an incredible work with brown and blue wardrobe. Forgive my English !
    Thank you very much in advance.

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  14. Your Blue is fantastic. So much prettier than cobalt. Wonder what it is called...