Brown is a popular hue every year, but 2018 finds brown clothing taking on entirely new meaning. In its many iterations, this rich, dramatic color is everywhere — and it’s winning accolades for proving itself far more versatile than ever before. That’s thanks to brown’s depth of character and ability to pair well with just about anything.
Whether you favor a warm rust brown blouse, a rich chocolate brown boot , or a soft tawny brown dress, you’ll find a brilliant iteration of brown to wear with almost any color in your closet. Here’s what to scoop up before the season’s over.
Brown Clothing & Accessories — What to Wear Now
The Dolman Sleeve Sweatshirt
Take your loungewear to the next level in this Donna Karan sweatshirt ($59.25) that embraces simplicity, yet is pulled together enough to elevate your morning coffee run. An effortless fit and airy dolman sleeves make this the perfect partner for everything from flowing yoga pants to sporty track pants.
For a pop of color, layer it over a sleek top that peeks out from beneath.
The Brown Button-Front Skirt
Another hot trend this season is corduroy. The Supplies by Union Bay Charisse Skirt ($26.97) offers up the best of both worlds by combining the bookish-chic material with the rich warmth of cocoa brown. Front buttons lend it a smart, tailored look.
You can easily dress this skirt up or down by wearing it with either a plain white tee or a more polished blouse.
Is it time to energize your corporate wardrobe? These smart wide-leg pants from New York & Company ($69.95) will do the job in an instant. The caramel brown hue is the standout, but the color is broken up by a classic black check pattern.
Wear these pants with a fitted black top, a tailored blazer, and a pair of heels for a smart look worthy of the boardroom.
The Brown Cardi Coat
There’s always room for a lean cardigan in every woman’s closet. It’s a go-to piece for nearly every occasion, and looks perfect over a pair of jeans and a tee or layered over a dress and leggings when you need a shot of extra warmth.
The Old Navy Open-Front Cardi-Coat ($49.99) is a dream in a mushroom brown hue that’s just a little bit offbeat.
The Brown Tote
A well-made leather bag is the type of investment piece you’ll thank yourself for every single day. The Madewell Medium Transport Tote ($158) arrives in an attractive shade of whiskey brown. But over time, it will develop an enviable patina that will make it even more beguiling.
You’ll find all of the essentials too — interior and exterior pockets and compartments galore, plus a detachable shoulder strap.
The Brown Boot
A pair of boots you can wear at work, at play, with dresses, with jeans, in the spring, and in the winter? They exist!
London Fog Halifax Ankle Boots ($59.99) are crafted of sleek faux leather and feature a timeless gold buckle accent. The rounded toe ensures a great fit, while the low-profile heel promises you won’t want to rip them off as soon as you walk through the door.
The Brown Sheath
If you add just one dress to your work wardrobe this season, make it the Kaspar Belted Sheath Dress ($52.99). It’s immaculately tailored and features minimal detailing. The soft caramel-brown hue is the star of the show, but the self-tie waist, angled accent pockets, and gold buttons tie it all together nicely.
This is an enduring piece you’ll wear for years.