I have this theory that there is always one leading neutral colour in fashion. Often, it’s beige. Recently, I think it’s been – at least in certain circles – a shade not traditionally considered a neutral: very pale blush pink. At the moment, I’m feeling that my long-prophesied return of brown is happening as we speak. I’ve planned this post for a while and I better get it done now, before the autumn-winter colour stories take over (I believe red, black and grey are all planning a come-back).
The brown of the moment is warm and rich and could be tan or dark camel or cognac or even walnut. The end of August is not a bad time for buying something in this tonal family, as it works perfectly with summer whites or even those blush pinks. It will, however, also be wearable when it gets colder, as it makes sense both in the context of the seventies trend (or more like general current that refuses to disappear) and the popularity of leather. There are lots of blues and greens around and glossy cognac pairs beautifully with both: from powder blue to teal, from emerald to chartreuse. It can even work with red, something I’m dying to try.
I’ve been getting a huge amount of wear out of my brown items. Most of these are accessories: a pair of perfect pumps by Prada, a tote by Zadig & Voltaire, loafers by Isabel Marant, a star-studded cross-body bag by Riina Põldroos (all pictured here but the loafers). They really are versatile, although it does of course depend a little bit on your general colour scheme. Still, anyone who owns light-wash jeans and a white t-shirt can wear all the items listed above with that outfit. In addition, I’ve got two pairs of brown trousers, both cropped. They are quite similar in colour – toffee (cigarette shape) and darker tan (culottes) – and similarly excellent to wear with silk shirts in unexpected shades.
These trouser colours themselves would, of course, make for a great silk shirt. If I had the money, I would own this Ellery number already (it’s over 1000 euros). This coat by Maje I am, on the other hand, seriously considering for autumn. And then there’s the heritage fabric trend as exemplified by this Joseph coat and that Balenciaga blazer. I’ve aimed a bit lower and ordered this Sister Jane tweed skirt. I’m going to pair the latter with a high-necked blouse and be totally ready for autumn.