The brown fashion trend | How to upgrade your browns this Autumn/Winter + Discount Codes

The brown fashion trend | How to upgrade your browns this Autumn/Winter + Discount Codes

The brown fashion trend | How to upgrade your browns this Autumn/Winter + Discount Codes

Brown fashion is back in town. Yes, brown. In a big way. Autumnal, retro, animal, corduroy. Yup, it’s brown’s time to shine (?) this season and into the next. Admittedly, I wasn’t convinced either, but now I am a convert!

OK, let’s start with the obvious  – it’s Autumn and that means more, well, Autumnal shades. And brown is one such shade. But this year, it’s had an update and I love talking about those updates and giving you some inspiration for how to wear them – just like I did with the how to wear pastelshow to wear polka dots and how to wear navy posts. Ultimately, the aim is to show how to incorporate style updates, whilst making the most of what you already have.

From corduroy to animal print, I have some inspiration from the catwalks and, as I said some great new in brown items and items to wear with brown, because you probably already have some brown and maybe it just needs a little facelift. Or you need some inspiration to get it out of the back of your wardrobe and to be excited to wear it!

1.Leopard Print Shoes £25.99 2. Brown Teddy coat £90 3. Brown Polka Dot Dress £15  4.Brown Strap Heels Now £9.60 here with code HELLO20  5. Brown Wool Animal Print Jumper £120 6. Brown Shirt Dress £59.00

Fashioning brown with what we already have

So, yes, I meant to do a short post on why brown fashion was trending. However, you know that trending  doesn’t mean that those looks will make it into my style. I like things I can actually wear and wear for more than one season, so I love to filter down what’s on the catwalks and translate them to the fashion language of the regular person who wants to look stylish, but draws the line very thickly at #fashun.

I like tan. I wear tan a lot. I haven’t been inspired to wear a lot of rich brown. Being brown of skin, it’s not a colour I thought of as very flattering on me and there certainly weren’t all the shades, styles and shapes of chocolately loveliness in clothes form that there at the moment.

But, I’ve been proved wrong – it’s a colour that you can complement every skintone, especially when you look at the different ways to wear it. Of course, I’ve been scouring lots of different sites to find some great wearable picks to share, and by absolute chance (!) some updates for my own wardrobe.  Right now, I have my eye on the blue & Other Stories heels, which I’ve found for £26 in the sale. And I’m eagerly awaiting delivery of the brown, white and leopard print bag that, to my absolute joy,  has just gone on sale.  You’re very welcome!

This yellow wool blend coatigan works beautifully with the pink dress and chocolate brown boots


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I love how this dress can be adapted with different accessories to give a totally different look.

Animal Print Brown

Animal print brown is a favourite of mine, I often have some animal print lurking somwhere in my outfits. That viral post about how women over 30 shouldn’t wear leopard print is still as laughable now as it was then. It inspired the #iwillwearwhatilike hashtag from Catherine at Not Dressed as Lamb, which is now not only a weekly outfit inspiration link up, but a hugely popular Instagram community.  It also inspired the YouTube video and the collaboration I did two years ago where I put my best (leopard print clad) foot forward in my Boden flats – the ones that I still wear to death now. Animal print is a great, wearable wardrobe staple and, yes, it’s trending now and I almost wish it wasn’t, but it is a classic print that never goes out of style.


Brown shirt dress| Inspiration for Autumn Winter |
One of Holly’s Must Haves: This brown shirt dress

1.High neck Leopard Print Dress £33.00 2. Brown Print Midi Dress £55  3. Leopard Print Slingbacks £25.99 4. Brown Wool Animal Print Jumper £120

What colours go with brown?


This is an easy one: All of them! Brown is a versatile neutral and so there is really no end to your options. Of course, with the retro theme being so big this season, monochrome continuing to dominate – head to toe brown is a look!

Brown fashion is back in town. In a big way. Autumnal, retro, animal, corduroy. Yup, it's brown's time to shine this season. If you want some inspiration for how to wear brown and what colours go with brown, then it's all here. We have lots of wearable looks that you can recreate really easily with the clothes you already have or with a few wardrobe updates. |
Long Textured Coat | Zara

If that terrifies you, there’s black and brown outfit inspiration dotted throughout this post. But, what I’ve found really interesting is adding a bit of colour to brown to make it pop. So, whichever way you do it, there are endless options.

Yellow Jumper £32

Brown and Yellow

Brown and yellow work well together as a colour palette. Mustard yellow in particular matched with brown brings that perfect warmth that can work from Autumn through to Summer

Image Credits: Vogue


1. Yellow Wool Wrap Skirt £89 2. Yellow Tee £17 (on sale £10) . 3. Yellow Bag £30 4. Yellow Roll Neck Jumper £30

Brown and Blue

I absolutely love the brown and pale, icy or powder blue colour palette – it’s not a combination I would have thought of before, but once I saw it, I couldn’t stop looking for more. It’s so unexpectedly good! But warmer, jewel toned blues work so well, too.

Brown Coat with blue roll neck | Who What Wear
Blue blouse and Brown Corduroy Skirt

1. Jumpsuit £38.00 2. Shoes £79 (on sale £26.00) 3. Top £49.00 (on sale £15) 4. Wool Mix Scarf £65

Brown corduroy mac £89 – Get 40% off with this link and code CYBER


Brown and white just looks elegant and stylish, especially when you incorporate the animal prints that are everywhere at the moment. There was an abundance of snake print and brown sashaying down the runway for so many AW18 ready to wear catwalk collections for example,  and it’s really not hard to see why.

Credit: Marcus Tondo /

1.Brown, white and leopard print bag £50 (currently on sale £35 just bought it!)  2. Snake print Skirt £32  3. Rust Brown Culottes £29.99  4. Scarf £12.99

I could go on, with brown and green, brown and pink, colour blocking…

But, I have to stop somewhere – unfortunately!

So, there you have it, some great ways to wear brown that I hope will inspire you with things that you already own. I love the updates for this season and I certainly feel inspired to try some colour combinations that I wouldn’t have tried before.

What were/are your favourite ways to wear brown?

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  • 2 months ago
    This was the ultimate guide! I bought a few brown clothing last year and I didn't know how to mix and match it. Really like that you included the colors that matched brown. Now I know better. Erika Ann recently posted...The Best Shoes to Wear from Day to NightMy Profile
    • 2 months ago
      Hi Erika. So glad you found it useful! It’s inspired me too to try some combinations I might not have before! Great to hear you have some inspo to mix things up a bit! Kat x
  • Brown and blue is definitely my favourite. I have brown hair so tend to try and wear different colours on my top and brown on my feet. Amy - All about a Mummy recently posted...Christmas Gift Guide for Kids and TeenagersMy Profile
    • 2 months ago
      I love it! Yes, with brown hair that combo would look so good! 💃🏻 x
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