… and navy and brown, and brown and black, and gray and brown, and gray and gold, and silver and gold! Several women in my life have recently expressed anxiety over the juxtaposition of certain colors. I’m taking this opportunity to tell everyone: It’s OK. Brown and black look awesome together, as do navy and black, as the Fug Girls point out in their Kirsten Dunst well-played post. Gold jewelry is not a problem with gray clothing (this was a weird one, apparently because gray resembles silver, and you’re not supposed to mix metals? But it’s perfectly fine to mix metals!).
I’m not sure where it all came from, but I also subscribed to traditional color rules as a kid. The first time I saw black and brown chicly paired was on The Cosby Show circa 1985. Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet) bounded up the Huxtable staircase telling Clair how much she hated school and needed a car (or something) wearing a super baggy, cropped (natch) brown sweater paired with equally baggy black Hammer pants (it was chic in 1985). The fabric billowed around her, and I worried for a moment that she hadn’t gotten the memo about the no black with brown rule. Then I realized that not only did her outfit look awesome, but I was freed from the shackles of color rules!
Everything is OK if you rock it like you mean it. Just ask Swinton!