10 tonal pieces that prove brown is the new black

There's no two ways about it: browns, camels and beiges are the dominant shade of AW19 and you'll be hard-pressed to escape them this winter. The universally flattering hue is a great alternative to black, warming your features rather than draining them: ginger and rust zing on pale skin, and darker skin tones make caramel shades pop. Cast aside any association with your old Brownie uniform, brown shades are the most contemporary and cool around right now – and these are our favourite ways to wear them. 


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1. The coat

Marella, Astro Check Coat


This Marella offering is great for wrapping up in the winter months. The earthy coloured checks in a blend of wool, mohair and alpaca will add a luxe feel to any outfit.

Marella, Astro Check Coat, £505


2. The bag

Coach, Tabby Cross-body


A small cross-body bag is the perfect way to subtly tap into the trend and this tanned treat from Coach also taps into our current obsession with '90s handbags – what’s not to love?

Coach, Tabby Cross-body, £295


3. The boots

Aldo,Torfiviel Ankle Boots


There’s nothing like a brand new pair of boots to add a spring to your step. These decadent crocodile-effect ankle boots were made for walking, dancing - you name it.

Aldo,Torfiviel Ankle Boots, £115


4. The gloves

Polo Cable Glove


Combining a cable knit design with a soft-touch camel brown yarn, these knitted gloves will keep you warm and cosy in style.

Polo Ralph Lauren, Cable Glove, £75


5. The knit

Lee, Graphic Sweatshirt


Who says antique shades can’t work alongside streetwear? Not this piece. It will look chic under a navy coat with white denim and trainers for an off-duty outfit.

Lee Jeans, Graphic Sweatshirt, £55


6. The blouse

James Lakeland, Gold Fleck Leopard Blouse


Scattered with gold flecks and a subtle leopard print design, style this piece with denim or tailored trousers, depending on your plans.

James Lakeland, Gold Fleck Leopard Blouse, £199


7. The scarf

Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Pane Oblong Scarf


Warm without sacrificing style, this preppy-approved check print scarf will add an air of elegance to your winter outfits all season long. 

Lauren by Ralph Lauren, Pane Oblong Scarf, £69


8. The dress

Marella, Long Sleeve Midi Dress


A minidress is the autumn-to-winter dress you need in your life. Add thick tights, over-the-knee boots, and a faux-fur jacket or coat for a truly retro look.

Marella, Long Sleeve Midi Dress, £215


9. The trousers 

Gant Wool Suit Pant


An easy way to add impetus to a winter outfit? Check. These trousers are going to make all the difference to your outfit rotation whether you wear them for work or play.

Gant, Wool Suit Pant, £145


10. The skirt

Michael Kors, Panelled Slit Skirt


The cocktail hour-approved way to wear browns? Just add a touch of leopard, a black slim-fit jumper and a pair of strappy heels.

Michael Kors, Panelled Slit Skirt, £135