Seven Modern Ways to Style Brown Clothes for Winter

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Seven Modern Ways to Style Brown Clothes for Winter

Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji suggest a contemporary update for the 1970s shade, styled on Grace Bol and photographed by Jackie Nickerson for AnOther Magazine A/W17

Suede patchwork track jacket by Chloé, mesh body by Evan Phillips, thigh-high patent-leather boots by Mulberry

The colour brown was ubiquitous during the 1970s – injected into interiors, cars, clothes, and everything in between. The popularity of such a drab hue might have been cultural response to the technicolour psychedelia of the preceding decade; corduroy trousers, suede fringing, leather jackets and polyester shirts taking on tones of tan, beige, mahogany and burnt umber in a revolution against brighter hues.

Given its reputation as the black of the 1970s, making brown work in a contemporary wardrobe is no mean feat. Here, as photographed for AnOther Magazine A/W17 by Jackie Nickerson, Agata Belcen and Nell Kalonji explore.

1. Track (above)

A suede patchwork track jacket worn with knickers and thigh-high patent boots might not be suitable for running a marathon, but is sure to turn heads of an evening.

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Wool and cashmere coat by Tagliatore 0205, roll-neck body by Evan Phillips, mesh sleeves by Sophie Cull-Candy, ribbed socks by Falke

2. Elegant

Elevate multifarious shades of beaver brown to new levels by swathing yourself in an elegant wool and cashmere wrap coat. 

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Mesh roll-neck body by Evan Phillips, floor-length leather dress by Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello, panelled mesh vest and knickers by Sophie Cull-Candy, knee-high boots in polished calf leather and mesh by Mulberry

3. Mesh

What could be more alluring than a leather dress paired with mesh boots? Particularly if those items happen to be chestnut-toned. 

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Leather coat with stretch panel detail by Louis Vuitton, roll-neck body by Evan Phillips

4. Leather

Avoid any connotations of The Matrix-style cyber-goth garb by swapping a black leather trench coat for its warm, neutral brown equivalent. 

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Laced viscose-knit dress by Balmain

5. Net

Is it a fishing net? Is it a dress? Who knows – or cares, when it looks this good?

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Mesh roll-neck body by Evan Phillips, wool trousers by Stella McCartney

6. Sheer

Sex up brown separates by teaming them with a sheer bodysuit. Layering said garment over camel-coloured trousers is entirely optional. 

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Knitted wool jumper by Pinko, mesh body by Evan Phillips, and panelled mesh vest and knickers by Sophie Cull-Candy

7. Knit

A chunky knit jumper tied around your shoulders is the perfect solution for chilly winter nights. 

Hair: Jawara Wauchope at Bryant Artists using Bumble and Bumble. Make-up: Nami Yoshida at Bryant Artists using Nars. Model: Grace Bol at The Hive Management. Casting: Piotr Chamier. Digital tech: Tim Grant. Photographic assistant: Andy Moores. Styling assistants: Chloe Grace Press, Rebecca Perlmutar, Abigail Adler, Nicola Chan, Sunnie Fraser and Tess Pisani. Casting assistants: Natalia Farnaus and Olivia Langner. Production: Freddie De Santiago at Sylvia Farago Ltd

These images originally appeared in Autumn/Winter 2017 issue of AnOther Magazine, which is on sale now.