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November 4, 2010

Reader Request: Gray and Brown

Gray striped boat neck tee-Loft (30%off), JouJou faux leather jacket-Nordstrom, Stretch denim leggings-C&C California, Boots-Steve Madden, Handbag-Spain
Stephanie (of scrumptious) went out with some friends and she paired up a gray sweater dress, gray sheer tights, and caramel colored knee high boots.  After wearing the outfit Stephanie said she liked the look but she wasn't sure if it worked or not.  So Stephanie asked me my thoughts on wearing gray and brown together. 

My thoughts on Stephanie's gray/brown outfit:
1. I think neutral colors like brown, black and gray definitely work well together.
2. Another great option is to match the brown boots with brown tights to make the legs look elongated and longer. 
3. Tie in the brown boots with the rest of the outfit by adding an accessory that has shades of brown it in. This can be a belt, clutch, or even a chunky bracelet.
4. Consider adding in a third color or a pattern. This can be a cardigan, jacket, or scarf.
5. Most importantly, I think Stephanie's outfit worked because she liked it and she wore it with confidence!

So I was inspired to put together a similar outfit using these colors but I went into my closet and I realized I don't have a lot of solid brown and gray items in my closet and I don't even have a single gray or brown dress.  This is because these colors are not the most flattering on me. However, if I break up these colors in my outfit by adding jeans, a third color such as white or yellow, or even patterns such as stripes, then I can pull off wearing these colors. 

I wore the outfit Sunday for a casual get together with our friends for Halloween.  I also brought along this gray cardigan to wear in the house.

My fairy princess and me
Do you wear gray and brown together?
 
Also, check out the CoolKids blog today. Betsy has launched a new series called Real Life Cool Kids and she is featuring Ariyana today!

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41 Comments:

Caroline said...

Always ... I love wearing gray and brown together!!! Love the outfit you look fabulous as always!! xo

Geeta said...

I like your idea #4. I wear these colors together all the time. Here is one of mine. The boots is brown even though it looks like black in the picture.

http://occasionallychic.blogspot.com/2010/10/notch-up.html

style-haus said...

awww i love your outfit, especially how you styled this overall look (amazing bag btw!) great tips and agree neutral tones like grey & brown work well together.

http://style-haus.blogspot.com/

JMay said...

New to your blog and it's lovely! You look adorable in that outfit...your lil one is too cute!!

http://jennymayandswede.blogspot.com/

tanvii.com said...

Great Tips Naina! :) And the outfit totally works on you! Off to check out Ariyana now! :)

ching said...

i use a lot of gray and brown together..its coz i mostly have neutrals on my wardrobe.haha

jamie-lee said...

I love your tips! I'm not sure I've ever really thought about it... probably with chocolate heels yes?

http://pagesixxx.blogspot.com

MelissaNibbles said...

I don't wear gray and brown together. It just doesn't look right to me. I can't do black and brown either and when I see people wearing it, I think they don't match. It's all a personal thing though. If someone is confident in their outfit, that's all that matters.

jemina said...

Gray and Brown definitely go together, and you look FABULOUS babe, love your outfit so much!!!

XOXO
J

hiven said...

lovely
x hivennn

Lee Oliveira said...

What a cool look.. and your little girl is divine..
stylish just like her mother.. mwahhh.

LOx

Chas said...

I love your look! I definitely wear grey and brown together. Your grey jacket is so nice and looks great with the striped top and brown boots!

Rachna said...

Great tips! Loved the cool kids blog - Ariyana looks adorable. Some of those things might show up under the Christmas tree this year for her!!

Nikki said...

You look gorgeous Naina, and perrrrrfect for fall! Your daughter is absolutely beautiful! She steals the show!


xx
Nikki

alison (semi-fab lane) said...

love grey and brown together, clothing and home decor. it's not so predictable and breaks up the neutral, making it a bit more exciting. cute outfit! and ariyana looks adorable!

Café Bellini said...

You look fantastic! Love your boots, too. I'm having trouble finding boots that fit properly around the top of the calf, they are almost always too big. Do you have that problem, too?

BESOS LYNN said...

I am a new fan of grey and brown as well. I am usually very traditional so its really hard to break old habits, but fashion has no rules so we should all wear what makes us happy.
besoslynn.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Omg I loveee the stretch denim jeggings you have on! And WOW Ariyana is SO cute in the Cool Kids feature!!! Congrats to Miss. A :) - Vandna

Fashion Meets Food said...

fabulous outfit and your daughter is the cutest!

xo

Kristin said...

Love your fabulous boots and your darling lil' doll's feature today!

THE ALTERNATIVE WIFE said...

I think it looks fabulous. It's true it can be tricky to mix but your tips make it work. I'm going to give it a shot this weekend :)

Heading on over to see her!

StylishDesi said...

Super chic outfit. Love you jacket - can't believe that is faux leather!!!

stylishdesi.com/blog

samantha said...

love your look, naina! you have the best bag collection! i would like to wear brown and gray, but i have to say both colors look bad with my complexion! i am a winter, so these look well on warmer skin tones, like yours :)

xo
sami

bollywoodstylediaries said...

You need to buy the samurai pants for Ariyana!! She will look adorable in them..

I have never tried gray and brown and but love ur tip#3 and will give it a spin. I love ur outfit and ur bag is just gorgeous!! Seriously, you need to upload to chictopia and lookbook so that more people can see ur fab styling!! as well as Blogloving'!!

chaoskontrolowany said...

Cute cardigan and necklace! Nice pics;)

photohogger said...

I adore your bag and boots! I wear brown and grey together, much like how you've put it together here. Glad to see it works!

Torrie said...

I love Stephanie's question- and your suggestions, especially #3.

This is perfect because (based on Stephanie's post a few weeks ago), I bought a faux leather jacket from Target (dark brown), and I've really been wanting to wear it with my new gray knit scarf. Just need to figure out the rest of my outfit! But your post does help!!

coolkids said...

You pulled the brown and gray combo beauitfully. I love that faux leatehr jacket. Also, love your steve madden boots.

Thanks to Ariyana for joining my blog today! She did a great job.;)

My Republic of Fashion said...

Loving your boots and your daughter is so cute. :)SArahD

Ashley [Free Honey] said...

Aww your daughter looks adorable in her costume!! I think neutrals work really well together, it's just a classic look. I think you did a great job, and I really dig your jacket! Grey leather is kind of uncommon, so I think it's really unexpected and chic.

xoxo, Ashley

Styles 'n Cream said...

I think gray and brown go together - no doubt but what I am loving even more right now is camel and grey - such a beautiful color combination, and I tie it all with brown leather boots and belt - so I guess it is the whole brown, grey camel combo that works ...

Great post!

Rali

Josie said...

They can be a bit tricky together but you've done it so well! I love, LOVE your boots and especially the jacket! Stunning, my dear.
xo Josie
http://winksmilestyle.blogspot.com

Stephanie said...

i have a serious crush on your jacket. thanks for your lovely advice and this wonderful post. xoxo you look fab as usual. =)

Teal @ Expecting Chic said...

Totally following your blog now - I love your style. I'm digging the gray and brown, particularly your boots! Also saw your daughter on Cool Kids - what a little cutie! Best to you!

Teal
http://expectingchic.blogspot.com

Leeann @ Join the Gossip said...

Oh I will do that color combo now. Never thought about putting the two together. Love the boots!

Bonnie said...

I love gray and brown. Not everyone agrees with me, but I like it. If you do it correctly, it is very chic. Fabulous outfit!

Thanks for the comment!
xoxo.

http://glamkittenslitterbox.blogspot.com/

Krystal said...

it is nice to see you on twitter! I do wear grey and brown together...I think a lot, actually! :)

Tamanna A. Shaikh said...

Great tips! And the second shot with Ariyana is lovable! :)

Annie said...

She look soooo cute! Love your whole outfit, especially the boots!! I like to wear gray & brown too! xo

mystylespots said...

Love your boots:)n lil girl look choo cute!

princess V said...

Loving your blog!I am now a follower:)

Vanessa

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