Black and Red and…Brown All Over

I love wearing black, but it’s important to remember that head-to-toe black, while often sleek and sophisticated, is not really appropriate to wear every single day. Sigh. I know. However, some colors have weird connotations when paired with black. Wearing black and white to an event may make other attendees think you are part of the wait staff and they may ask you to get them a drink. Black and hot pink is reminiscent of middle school “punk rock” days. Black and orange screams”Halloween”. Black and red sometimes work and sometimes look like you’re trying to replicated the cover of The White Stripes? Get Behind Me Satan album.

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So in this black and red outfit, I mixed in some brown, nude and white accents to make the look more sophisticated than punk rock rager.

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I started with a black long-sleeved top from H&M and these awesome red skinny pants from Fashion Rush Clothing. I definitely look like I’m channeling Meg White right now.

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For shoes, I opted for these black and nude quilted flats from Payless Shoesource. The black on bottom brings out the black on top. The nude tones it down a bit, but the gold chain brings it back up to rock status.

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Now for a new color – brown. A very exciting color if you do it right (no sarcasm here!). This brown and white checkered scarf is from Charming Charlie. I like this scarf because the print is reminiscent of the iconic Burberry print, but isn’t similar enough to be a blatant knockoff. I like how leaving the scarf long and untied elongates my figure and ties together the black and red. The white lightens it up and the brown adds another color to the mix.

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I received this Nakamol Lumionus Five Times Wrap bracelet in crystal in one of my Rocksbox sets, and I found it to be the perfect addition to this outfit! The brown, baby pink and white beads are so perfect with the brown and white accents in the scarf. This bracelet really ties everything together – literally ties, as the bracelet wraps around your wrist and secures with a rose gold bead.

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My ring is my everyday silver ring from Tiffany’s.

How do you make black and red less punk-rock? Let me know in the comments!

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