I talked about four standout trends for Autumn Winter 2021 in this blog post. In today’s blog, I’m looking at the season’s favourite colour. From light cappuccino to rich bitter chocolate, brown is THE colour of the season. It is dominating celebrity street style and is popping up everywhere on social media inspiration montages.
Like navy, brown is easier to wear and more versatile than black; it’s less harsh and is therefore more flattering when worn next to the face. The spectrum of shades means that brown is an excellent neutral; there isn’t a single colour that it won’t work with. Think caramel with orange, tan with white. How wonderful does milk chocolate look with baby blue and dark chocolate with a beautifully contrasting pale pink. A tone-on-tone brown outfit looks expensive and well put together, as does brown with navy blue. And you don’t need me to tell you just how well-matched brown is with my own favourite neutral, leopard print.
I can see why brown is perhaps more divisive than black, but a tan leather bag for example, is more trans-seasonal than a black one. And less utilitarian. Top-to-toe brown might not make quite as much of a style statement as a whole black outfit does; it whispers rather than shouts, but it will still make an impact nonetheless.
I’m not saying that we should go and buy a whole new closet of clothing whenever a new trend comes about. On the contrary. It is better to embrace a trend by thoughtfully and carefully selecting one or two pieces that will tie in with the existing wardrobe. Things that will look right in every season for years to come and that can be worn again and again. Things that will earn their keep.
Brown eyewear by STEPPER
My brown dress is in its third autumn- I didn’t realise that I was so far ahead in the style stakes. But joking apart, it is flattering and effortless. I always enjoy wearing it and I always feel “pulled-together” in it as I do in most of my dresses. With it I’m wearing four different pieces of STEPPER brown eyewear. A new spectacle frame is an excellent way of updating one’s look and if like me, you wear glasses most of the time, the all important cost per wear will soon be justifiably low.
This piece of brown eyewear has a strong yet simple silhouette with a universally-flattering tortoishell-type finish. It is made of the brand’s signature lightweight plastic TX5 with titanium fixings. You don’t need me to tell you how comfortable STEPPER eyewear is- everyone in the eyewear industry agrees that once you have worn STEPPER, nothing will feel as comfortable or lightweight.
This is also made from featherweight TX5. The front is translucent which is always flattering because it highlights and diffuses rather than casting shadows and emphasizing undereye bags. I love the subtle metal detail on the side.
This piece of brown eyewear is made from titanium and has contemporary double rim detail across the top. I love the two-tone finish and the preppy vibes it evokes. This frame would look super with sunglass lenses in as well as optical.
I’d describe this piece of eyewear as being mink brown. There is less red in it than in the previous three styles. It has a simple, quite traditional shape but is by no means unexciting. There is a touch of texture on the side which adds interest and subtle sparkle while the fronts are almost glittery. Another supremely comfortable piece of eyewear.
A version of this article first appeared on the STEPPER blog as part of our ongoing paid partnership.
Brown eyewear: STEPPER
Dress: Closet London, (gift), past season.