Since fall (autumn) is busting out all over in many parts of the world, then we’re definitely gearing up for the time to bring out our fall/winter clothing. Numerous fashion designers have already presented their 2016 fall/winter collections.

For those of you that love dressing in layers and warm sweaters and jackets, then dressing in fall/winter duds brings you sheer delight.

Colors most associated with fall are yellow, orange, gold and brown. Think of all of the leaves changing colors, orange pumpkins and gold and orange gourds. One color that best sums up fall/winter clothing is brown, and its close relatives (tones of caramel and gold).


Brown is a composite color. Brown is made by combining red, black and yellow; pink and black or red, yellow and blue. The color brown is seen widely in nature, wood, soil, human hair color, eye color and skin pigmentation.

Popular, beautiful color, that brown!

Not much a fan of the color brown? Do you still feel that way when scads of chocolate is around? Yummm! Or a delicious cup of flavored coffee to give you the robust energy to hit the town?

In clothing, the color brown looks terrific and trendy in leather jackets and business suits. The color brown is serious, down-to-earth and signifies stability, structure and support.

Positive Traits Associated with the Color Brown:

  1. Wholesome
  2. Practical
  3. Approachable
  4. Friendly
  5. Stable
  6. Down-to-earth
  7. Structured
  8. Supportive
  9. Comforting
  10. Reliable
  11. Sensual
  12. Sensitive
  13. Warm
  14. Honest
  15. Sincere

Ah, quite a good group of traits to belong to!

Variations of the color brown include light brown, dark brown, tan, ivory, beige and gold.

If you find the color brown to be too blah, or not coming across with much pow and pizzazz, wearing just a hint of brown often looks chic and pulls an outfit together. I really love caramel color handbags and accessories!

Don’t think twice. Add some brown sugar and spice and all things nice to your wardrobe!

Brown Fun Fact: The term brown is from Old English ‘brun’, in origin for any dusky or dark shade of color. The first recorded use of brown as a color name in English was in 1000. The current meaning developed in Middle English from the 14th century.

Brown is a frugal color – it is not associated with frivolity or excess. While brown can signify materialism, brown values quality above all else, and everything in moderation.

Regarding shoes, brown is the second most popular shoe color, trailing only to black. If you dress in complete black, a black shoe often sets off the outfit. For a change, try dressing in black, but carry a brown handbag and wear brown shoes on your fashionable feet. Often times the black and brown look striking together, and help break the monotony of one solid color.

Some brown tones can show a degree of sophistication or elegance, depending on the other colors associated with the brown. If you don’t want to try brown garments mixed with black, brown clothing worn with soft white or ivory garments can appear stylish and classy.

Beautiful and busting out in browns!

Look at this whimsical, beautiful brown outfit I put together for you! Feminine, fierce and lovely too!

Since brown is a predominant color on the planet (along with green) why not dress to match the environmental scene? Brown is comforting and stabilizing, while green is balancing and rejuvenating. Just what we all need to help us deal with the daily stresses of modern life.

Brown is a bold, fun color to wear. Believe it or not, brown can be a color combination of black, yellow, orange, red, gray, green, blue, pink and purple!


Go brown, when only a rich, regal, classy color of clothing will do! I hope brown garments are for you!

“You look as scrumptious and inviting as a cup of hot chocolate in your gown of brown.”

“Thank you. I chose this color specifically for a night to paint the town.”

“Your caramel color accessories and your tan high heels set the outfit off just right.”

“I normally dress in black or blue…so switching it up to brown is pure delight.”

“You clearly hit the mark. As a fashion critic I’d give you a one-hundred percent.”

“Then the dollars I invested in this eye catching outfit are surely money well spent!”

(That’s good, because now I can’t pay my rent)! Sometime a fashion diva just has to live lavishly and make a choice!

I’m sold on dressing in brown. A regal fashion voice!


Watch for Nancy’s next book in her award winning murder mystery series, Deadly Decisions – A Natalie North Novel, coming to bookstores and online bookstores in early 2017.

Nancy Mangano is an American fashion journalist and author of the Natalie North murder mystery book series, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy. Visit Nancy on her author website, Twitter @, her fashion magazine Strutting in Style! at, and her Facebook fan page Nancy Mangano


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Nancy Mangano resides in Orange County, CA. She has blended her love of detective work and style in her novels, A Passion for Prying and Murder Can Be Messy.
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