I always let out a little giggle to myself when I talk about styling brown **tehehe**. Why? Cos I’m stupidly immature and brown equals what you’re likely to find floating in the….I’ll leave it there! Brown itself brings to mind some sort of disgusting tone you wouldn’t be seen dead in (I lie, I styled an all brown outfit here), BUT tan accessories are always a great thing! As are neutral toned accessories in general.
Adding tan/brown goodies to an all black look will dress it down and make it super Summer appropriate. The belt and boots combo add a bit of cowboy to the look. To ensure I didn’t look like I was about to scream ‘yeehah’ and break down in Cotton Eye Joe, I opted for a sophisticated fedora rather than a floppy hat.
In short, the of the story is that brown in small quantities is great, unless it’s chocolate, then the more the merrier!
2. Over-Accessorize With Bright Boho Pieces
Although adding jewellery pieces is commonly known to dress up an outfit, it can dress down a look too! It’s all about the pieces you choose! Opt for lashings of brighter-than-life boho jewellery and that becomes a casual, Summer look.
Using unusual, bohemian handbags will immediately move your black look into casual Summer territory. I bought this horse printed, ethnic extravaganza at a local market and it’s perfect for when I want something that little bit quirky!
3. Go For Simple & Sporty
My new life mantra: if you don’t know what to wear with it, just throw on some Adidas Superstars! And if you want to tone down a formal black look, they will do just that! I kept it pretty minimal with a fold over leather clutch and did my best attempt at that Scandinavian minimalist thing. But, me being me, I couldn’t totally commit and had to add some boomshakalaka with these vintage polka dot shades. Styling black for Summer, with a touch of Hepburn!