Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Reconsidering Brown

I think I have said before that I’m not a big fan of brown for clothing but I love how she has combined the brown dress with the red shoes.

Of course, I also love the hair.


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  1. miss dish

    October 24, 2006 at 10:09 am

    Oh yes. I like this a lot. Those shoes!!! And the length of her leggings is right on target.

    With a little more support up-top – perfect!

  2. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 10:10 am

    just gorgeous! and in an original way, not run-off-the-mill..

  3. Alice Olive

    October 24, 2006 at 10:17 am

    I love the dress! I didn’t even notice the shoes til I read your description, but they are lovely and the deep red really suits the chocolate brown of the dress.

    Her hair and sunnies are very cute – a mix of Louise Brooks and Jackie O!

    And just quietly, wow – bare shoulders at this time of year.

  4. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 10:50 am

    nice look. This could not have been taken this week in New York? No? Everyone is in coats.

  5. hoi polloi

    October 24, 2006 at 10:58 am

    Umm she must be very cold. Brown is a good color for fall though

  6. Butch

    October 24, 2006 at 11:14 am

    Brown gets a bum rap as a clothing color (and is traditionally considered a no-no for men’s suits), but its successful use seems to me a matter of choosing well. The RIGHT brown, taking complexion and other factors into account, can be a gorgeous on…

  7. positive_negative

    October 24, 2006 at 11:38 am

    Why aren’t you a fan of browns in clothes again? I don’t remember that? It seems soo many great tweed jackets are best when they’re brown- it feels more like fall when that’s the case. Don’t you agree?

  8. mademoisellelala

    October 24, 2006 at 12:26 pm

    I love the look. Great shoes!

  9. MD

    October 24, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    The hair *is* fantastic and when brown is done correctly, I think it can be both glamorous and unpretentiously warm, all at the same time. Clever trick……

  10. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 12:45 pm

    I like brown color but I dont’ like this dress.

  11. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 3:02 pm

    Love brown with red, with grey, with black, with navy, with pink and most of all with baby blue. I love that combination so much that back in 1995 I used it for my brand’s logo colors.

  12. OrganicVogue

    October 24, 2006 at 3:20 pm

    She looks amazing.. she looks like a flapper, I’m so glad the 1920s came back.

  13. Johanna

    October 24, 2006 at 3:48 pm

    just being honest, but I really don’t like the outfit…and I especially don’t like the hair. but to each his own right?

  14. bensmith

    October 24, 2006 at 4:28 pm

    Why not brown? I think brown can be so amazing and so complimaentary to so many skin tones. I especially love a deep bitter chocolate as an alternative to black especially on women as they get older as it is a lot softer than a hard black – i say go the brown all the way, as with any colour its all about the tone and shade

  15. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 8:34 pm

    Brown is so dependent on cut and fabric! I think it also doesn’t have the cultural power of black or navy, and it can look dowdy if not mixed with another strong colors.

    It is true that middle aged women can really look great in allover brown when solid black often makes the skin look washed out. And brown– by contrast –makes make-up warmer and softer in older women.

  16. Stacy (LA, CA)

    October 24, 2006 at 9:17 pm

    I totally agree with bensmith. Brown is a softer and better neutral than black in many situations. And, I’m totally with you, Sart, that the red shoes make the perfect complementary accent.

  17. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 9:45 pm

    She looks like what my mother must have looked like at her age, kind of spooky to notice that, but also nice.

  18. Anonymous

    October 24, 2006 at 11:36 pm

    I began to rethink brown after seeing “Tony Takitani”–a Japanese film based on a story by Haruki Murakami, about a woman obsessed with clothes. A character wears a turtleneck sweater in the most amazing dark dark brown.

  19. Anonymous

    October 25, 2006 at 6:57 pm

    I think a brown coat looks better on some people rather than a black coat, which tends to wash out ligher complextions.

  20. sandman_gr

    October 26, 2006 at 7:04 am

    Chocolate browns are lovely-dark ones. Especially mixed with pink, in contrasting textures-like velvet and satin-you get great results!
    Also cinnamon browns are great but that borders on red as well.

  21. Anonymous

    October 27, 2006 at 2:40 am

    She’s lovely. I’m interested in the necklace she’s wearing . . . any detail shots?

  22. Anonymous

    October 27, 2006 at 10:52 am

    I love you, sart, but I think it’s so weird that you would be against a color for clothing. I don’t love earth tones, but if I put on brown or olive green, everyone tells me that I look great in those colors–so I’m starting to wear them more.

    That said, I don’t love this look, though the individual elements are nice.

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