Today's post disproves a popular fashion faux pas: pairing black and brown together. Like black and navy, wearing shades of black and brown can be tricky but can look awesome if you do it correctly. Read on for a few quick & easy tips to wearing these shades in one look.

1. Mix fabrics. When it comes to wearing any monochrome look or shades that are close together, I always recommend switching up the fabrics to add a bit of extra interest and excitement to your look. A simple black midi dress paired with a leather jacket, tan felt fedora and brown suede booties allows each piece to show their personality and stand out a bit. Since nothing is printed or patterned and the colors are simple, no piece competes with another!

2. Wear lighter shades of brown. Rather than wearing chocolate brown which is verrrry similar to black, I stuck with lighter shades of tan and cognac. Again, this allows the various pieces to stand out from one another.

3. Tie it all together. My leopard tote was the perfect finishing touch to this outfit because it pulled in both shades.  If possible, find one piece, even if it's an accessory, that includes both shades to help tie the entire look together. Hint: Leopard is the perfect print ;)

Dress: Bar III (on major sale!)| Jacket: Blank NYC (under $100)| Booties: Vince Camuto | Hat: c/o Brooklyn Hat Company | Bag: Tory Burch (old, similar

Michelle Paige

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This post is done in partnership with Brooklyn Hat Company. All thoughts/opinions are my own.