Accessories Alert: Brown Is the New Black for Fall
When it comes to accessories, you’re either team brown or team black. And, those who are team black typically have very strong feelings about why they do not stand in solidarity with their chestnut- and cedar-loving sisters: too conservative, too retro, too “meh.” And it’s true: Brown simply can’t compete with black’s cool, which has Bob Dylan’s ramblin’-man ankle boots on its side, along with Audrey Hepburn’s gamine little ballet flats.
But we feel a sea change. While the runways have shown a good amount of whiskey-shaded extras in the last two years, thanks in no small part to fashion’s seemingly endless obsession with the '70s, there’s a more modern interpretation afoot. Just look at the so-hot-right-how label Vetements, which, for both spring and fall 2016, included the most perfect pairs of thigh-high of camel boots. And the ringleader of that collective, Demna Gvasalia, also turned out a wonderful cognac platform bootie for his first collection at Balenciaga. Phoebe Philo, too, has been doing her fair share to cast the color in new light during her tenure at Céline, dreaming up buttery bags and shoes that feature her signature slightly off-kilter (and entirely sophisticated) stamp.
So, if you are indeed team brown, we thought we’d round up a few more reasons to pledge your allegiance this season. And if you’re staunchly pro noir, hopefully there’s something here to tempt you to come over to the other side. Trust us, it’s not “meh” at all.
MARI GIUDICELLI Shoes
The debut shoe collection from model/muse Mari Giudicelli is full of classics with a cool-girl twist, including these lizard skin mules that boast artfully sculpted heels.
Classic aviators get a subtle update thanks to shaded stripes.
Saint Laurent Bag
With its small size and elegant tassels, this rich bag reads very Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.
B-Low The Belt Belt
Rag & Bone gloves
There's something slightly rugged about these gloves, making them a suitable companion to your trusty boyfriend coat.
Malone Souliers Pumps
A heel made that much more interesting with contrasting suede straps across the top.
Acne Studios Boots
Give your 20 pairs of black ankle boots a break and go for a gorgeous chocolate pair. We're picturing them with slightly distressed denim and a heritage-looking checked blazer.
Free of extraneous bells and whistles, this bag quietly commands respect with an elegant shape and sturdy strap.
Manolo Blahnik shoes
You really can't go wrong with a classic pair of loafers—but you can go exceedingly right if you team them with straight-leg jeans and a white button-down, half-tucked.
MANU ATELIER Bag
With its super-structured shape and rich tone, this is like a cooler, newer version of a briefcase.
Channel your inner French girl with clean lines and minimal hardware.
Stella McCartney Shoes
A creeper looks far from goth with a mahogany finish and bright-white sole.
A little texture goes a long way to mix up your winter uniform (the warmth doesn't hurt, either).
JANESSA LEONE Hat
A darker shade of straw feels less beach day and more apple-picking excursion.
It's got all the coolness of a bucket bag, with a handy zip top. And that short strap is very now.
ALEXA WAGNER Boots
The midi boot is still in full effect this season, and a wider shaft certainly helps to pull it off. The luxe-looking embossed croc is tempting, too.