33 Ways To Wear Brown, Fall’s Dreamiest Neutral Shade

Anyone in the mood for chocolate, cinnamon, or root beer?

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No color trend can truly challenge the power of the eternally chic black. But if you’ve made predictions based on the fall/winter 2021 runways, then it’s no surprise there’s a warm, earthy hue that’s going to make a powerful impression this season. You can call it chocolate, cinnamon, coffee, or, as Pantone says, “root beer,” but—snack terms aside—the ubiquitous color of the season is a rich shade of brown.

Filtered down from Acne Studio’s chic outerwear, Versace’s opulent designs, and Jacquemus’s tailoring, brown can now be found across all styles on the market. The below 33 examples just scratch the surface with pieces across athleisure, cozy knitwear, and dresses for special occasions. If you’re only willing to dip a toe into the trend, we suggest swapping in mocha or caramel tones with your footwear or accessories—they’ll look luxe and on-trend and seamlessly complement outfits, just like your go-to black accessories. Scroll on to shop for the best brown styles to add to your autumn wardrobe.

Press Blazer
Babaton Press Blazer $228.00

Trade in your standard black blazer for a buttery faux leather version in a cocoa hue.

Merkato Signature Tote
Parker Clay Merkato Signature Tote $198.00

Meet your new go-to work tote. It's made of ethically sourced materials and can be monogrammed for a personalized touch.

Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Ruched Dress
Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Ruched Dress $285.00

The small ruched details at the hips will give this dress the perfect amount of elegant swing.

Battenberg Cardi
Lisa Says Gah Battenberg Cardi $139.00

This cardigan blends two major trends in one: brown tones and checkered prints.

Calf Leather Mid Chelsea Boot
Ganni Calf Leather Mid Chelsea Boot $445.00

The lug-sole boot is the season's most practical, and surprisingly versatile, footwear trend. In a brown and black colorway, the styling possibilities for this Ganni pair are endless.

& Other Stories Padded Zip Vest
& Other Stories Padded Zip Vest $119.00

Toss on this sporty puffer vest during those transitional, chilly-but-not-freezing fall days.

Aeyda Noel $475.00

These super chic lace-up boots make the perfect accompaniment for all your fall dress ensembles.

Mini Shirley Shearling Bag
Staud Mini Shirley Shearling Bag $375.00

Make an even bigger impact in soft neutral brown by choosing pieces that blend two shades together with a bit of fluffy texture, too.

Brown Paisley Jumper
Gimaguas Brown Paisley Jumper $151.12

The brown and yellow tones are the yin to each other's yang.

Croc-Effect Leather Platform Loafers
Loewe Croc-Effect Leather Platform Loafers $950.00

Nothing's cooler than a super chunky shoe silhouette. It's even better in a sophisticated mahogany croc texture.

The Printed Long Sleeve Mockneck
Frank and Oak The Printed Long Sleeve Mockneck $59.50

Brown looks great in prints, too. Wear this graphic turtleneck on its own or layered under sweaters, blazers, or vests.

Pleated Shirt
Oak + Fort Pleated Shirt $78.00

Technically, either shade of this lovely pleated top would be nailing the seasonal color trend.

Bibi Coat
Stand Studio Bibi Coat $677.46

This gorgeous coat embraces all the cozy teddy bear vibes and will keep you warm well into next spring.

Button Down Top With Ruffle
Eloquii Button Down Top With Ruffle $64.95

Is it just us or does a ruffled collar detail just make any buttoned blouse that much better? This one's perfect for tossing on with any pair of blue or black jeans.

Miller Leather Dickey Jacket
Veronica Beard Miller Leather Dickey Jacket $1,295.00

Veronica Beard's double-breasted jacket will become a go-to piece for making any casual denim outfit look sharp.

Tove Hollie Silk Dress Chocolate
Tove Hollie Silk Dress Chocolate $973.00

This chic silk number can be accessorized to suit whatever occasions you have this fall, from casual date nights to a cocktail reception.

Larroudé Louise Boot $475.00

The tobacco shade of these Larroudé boots really amp up the design's subtle Western vibes.

Roberta Puffer
Wray Roberta Puffer $315.00

A warm puffer coat doesn't need to be boring. Take Wray's quilted Roberta coat, for example.

House of Aama Chocolate Brown Victorian Silky Pussybow Shirt
House of Aama Chocolate Brown Victorian Silky Pussybow Shirt $250.00

If you're dressing for the office or just an important waist-up Zoom call, this classic pussy-bow blouse in chocolatey brown makes a really lovely impression.

Shine Boyfriend Pant
Good American Shine Boyfriend Pant $89.00

Comfort is non-negotiable. However, these Good American sweats have a subtle shine that makes them good enough to wear outside the house and far away from your couch, too.

Eugenia Flat
Zou Xou Eugenia Flat $268.00

Sweet Mary Jane flats are a classic addition to any wardrobe. We especially love the cute square buckle detail on these by Zou Xou.

Reformation Alyssa High Rise Wide Leg Corduroy Pants
Reformation Alyssa High Rise Wide Leg Corduroy Pants $148.00

Brown corduroy pants in a wide-cut fit take us right back to the '70s. And we're not mad about it.

Who What Wear Aly Gathered Collared Dress
Who What Wear Collection Aly Gathered Collared Dress $155.00

This is the fall's version of the throw-on-and-go dress. Simply add some tall boots or loafers and head out the door feeling comfortable and confident.

Estelle Leather Midi Skirt
Iris & Ink Estelle Leather Midi Skirt $515.00

A polished leather skirt can be either professional or playful, depending on how you style it.

Ralph Layered Ribbed-Knit Top
Doro Bar Or Ralph Layered Ribbed-Knit Top $475.00

Your eyes don't deceive you. There are indeed two necklines layered on this thin, ribbed cardigan sweater.

Brother Vellies Cloud Socks
Brother Vellies Cloud Socks $35.00

Sneak in a bit of rich brown in this pair of oh-so-cozy socks by Brother Vellies. They can peek from the tops of your favorite sneakers or be worn solo while lazing about at home.

Earth Skort
Girlfriend Collective Earth Skort $58.00

Not quite done wearing skorts this fall? Neither are we.

Utility Tote in Chocolate Nylon
KkCo Utility Tote in Chocolate Nylon $95.00

This oversized tote is perfect for storing all your work essentials (and then some), and looks good enough to show off during happy hour.

Organza Button-Up Shirt in Brown Silk
One DNA Organza Button-Up Shirt in Brown Silk $198.00

Layer this mesh button-up over a brown tank and pants for the ultimate monochromatic look.

Puff Sleeve Turtle Neck
Amo Puff Sleeve Turtle Neck $130.00

The puffed shoulders turn a simple turtleneck into a statement piece.

Koio Siena $298.00

There are few things as classic as a pair of dark brown loafers.

Eilish Signature Wavy Mini Skirt
PH5 Eilish Signature Wavy Mini Skirt $255.00

The wavy hemline plus the pop of green on this PH5 mini skirt make it completely irresistible.

Brown Hunnid$ II
James Oro Brown Hunnid$ II $150.00

A rich brown on a pair of shades will never go out of style.

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