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.
Trade in your standard black blazer for a buttery faux leather version in a cocoa hue.
Meet your new go-to work tote. It's made of ethically sourced materials and can be monogrammed for a personalized touch.
The small ruched details at the hips will give this dress the perfect amount of elegant swing.
This cardigan blends two major trends in one: brown tones and checkered prints.
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.
Toss on this sporty puffer vest during those transitional, chilly-but-not-freezing fall days.
These super chic lace-up boots make the perfect accompaniment for all your fall dress ensembles.
Make an even bigger impact in soft neutral brown by choosing pieces that blend two shades together with a bit of fluffy texture, too.
The brown and yellow tones are the yin to each other's yang.
Nothing's cooler than a super chunky shoe silhouette. It's even better in a sophisticated mahogany croc texture.
Brown looks great in prints, too. Wear this graphic turtleneck on its own or layered under sweaters, blazers, or vests.
Technically, either shade of this lovely pleated top would be nailing the seasonal color trend.
This gorgeous coat embraces all the cozy teddy bear vibes and will keep you warm well into next spring.
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.
Veronica Beard's double-breasted jacket will become a go-to piece for making any casual denim outfit look sharp.
The tobacco shade of these Larroudé boots really amp up the design's subtle Western vibes.
A warm puffer coat doesn't need to be boring. Take Wray's quilted Roberta coat, for example.
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.
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.
Sweet Mary Jane flats are a classic addition to any wardrobe. We especially love the cute square buckle detail on these by Zou Xou.
Brown corduroy pants in a wide-cut fit take us right back to the '70s. And we're not mad about it.
A polished leather skirt can be either professional or playful, depending on how you style it.
Your eyes don't deceive you. There are indeed two necklines layered on this thin, ribbed cardigan sweater.
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.
Not quite done wearing skorts this fall? Neither are we.
This oversized tote is perfect for storing all your work essentials (and then some), and looks good enough to show off during happy hour.
Layer this mesh button-up over a brown tank and pants for the ultimate monochromatic look.
The puffed shoulders turn a simple turtleneck into a statement piece.
There are few things as classic as a pair of dark brown loafers.
The wavy hemline plus the pop of green on this PH5 mini skirt make it completely irresistible.
A rich brown on a pair of shades will never go out of style.