How to wear brown

When it comes to men’s clothing, brown is usually a big no-no. A brown brogue or belt is fine, but we tend to leave it at that. Brown is a boring colour for boring people – or is it?

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Brown appeal

The thing about brown is that when you see someone wearing it well, it takes you by surprise. Something occurs to you – they are dressed stylishly and comfortably, and they don’t care that their blazer and corduroys are brown. There is something very cool about not caring what people think, as long as no one has any reason to think badly of your look; after all brown is just a colour.

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A flattering colour

Brown is actually an incredibly flattering colour. Like black, it slims and trims and is a base neutral shade that complements a range of other colours, including black. Due to its warm tones, it works well in mens Farah shirts, blazers, knits and jackets. It also looks good on a full range of skin tones.

Light-skinned men can go dark without going goth, while darker-skinned men can channel a serious look that draws attention to their skin’s luminosity. One important thing to note in any colour of clothing is never to wear just trousers too close to your natural skin tone. The whole suit is fine, but just trousers might make you go viral online for all the wrong reasons.

The right kind of brown trousers

This season, brown really is the new black. Check out suppliers such as EJ Menswear for the full range you will need to keep your wardrobe current. There are really only a couple of shades of black; however, in brown there are many more. Nutmeg, chocolate, tobacco, cappuccino – all these colours and more translate to different styles and you will want to establish your look in good time for winter.

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Brown knitwear

Once you have your trousers right, think of shirts and T-shirts in black or white to add contrast to the brown; over the top, it is time for layers. Brown is the perfect colour for wool because it is one of the natural wool shades. The key to getting knitwear right in wool is the gauge of the needle used; this year, you will need to go chunky or go home.