Thursday, February 4, 2010

All About Brown

Yesterday, What a Nerd Would Wear said "Brown is the nerd's Black".  And I concur.  I am very much in tune with my inner nerd and also favor brown over every other neutral.  "Color Theory" is an interesting topic to me. 


Brown is a natural, down-to earth color.  It's a warm neutral that can stimulate the appetite.  Brown represents wholesomeness, earthiness, steadfastness, simplicity, friendliness, dependability, and health. 

The color brown and it's lighter shades of tan, taupe, beige or cream make excellent backgrounds helping accompanying colors appear richer and brighter.  Use it to convey feelings of warmth and honesty.  Though brown tends to be a more casual color than black, darker shades can be worthy replacements, giving off a warmer tone to some palettes.  Brighten brown with yellow or orange.  Go smart but conservative by mixing brown with purple, green, gray or orange-red.  (credit:  info. paraphrased from here.)

My favorite colors to wear with brown are pink (pink & brown were my wedding colors!), orange, and bright shades of blue or blueish-green.


Like any other color, brown looks better on some than others.  It would seem that our eyes might naturally gravitate to the colors that suit us best, hence my love for brown and aversion to black.  Of course black is hard to avoid and I wear it regardless, only in smaller doses than those who wear it well.


So tell me.  What's you're favorite neutral?

Coat:  H&M, gift from Steve
Scarf:  Carnival Gift Shop
Sweater:  Target Brand, thrifted
Cardigan:  Ann Taylor?, thrifted
Trousers:  Target
Purse:  Nine West via TJMaxx

9 comments:

Amy said...

I love brown and I love this outfit! You look adorable and that bag is amazing.

xoxo
Amy

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La Historiadora de Moda said...

I think my favorite neutral is grey, but I really do see the positive attributes of brown and black, too.

I am a big fan of brown and pink or brown and blue! I also love that coat of yours!

Every Little Counts said...

i, too, love brown. i used to be all about the black, but not it's all about brown- all shades. <3

Kendi Lea said...

I love the color of that scarf. I have one that's more tan than brown, but you're right it's such a great neutral, especially mixed with black.

Now i'm just trying to figure out how you tied your scarf?? It's fabulous!

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

i love this and echo the amazement at beautiful scarf tying!!

Jilliebeanie said...

Thanks everyone! One post on scarf tying coming soon! :)

Leproust Vintage said...

I love the neutral color palette...you made the outfit so interesting with a variety of textures! I love it!

emma wallace said...

I just love brown! It's so much cozier and gentler than black. I also love khaki and olive.

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LyddieGal said...

Just one favorite neutral? Some days I wear them all!

But I do tend to gravitate to nice chocolatly browns, which I feel often balance out bold colors better than black.