Is it Proper to Wear Tan With Black?

Try out a tan-and-black striped shirt like model/actress Kiko Mizuhara.

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Wondering if wearing tan with black is a proper fashion move is like asking if red lipstick is a glamorous choice -- any woman will tell you, "Of course!" Whether you've found a single item that marries the two colors or if you're feeling the desire to mix a few pieces from your wardrobe, rest assured ... the color combo you've chosen is a classic.

Tan Coat, Black Outfit

If your style leans toward a classic aesthetic, you'll love how simple it is to combine tan and black. Go for a pulled-together, sleek look by starting with an all-black winter outfit. Think black sweater, black skinny jeans and black booties. You have the foundation for an outfit that you can re-style over and over. In this case, cover up with a tan-hued trench or peacoat -- the sky's the limit as to the silhouette you choose. What's unavoidable is how chic you'll look in your tan and black ensemble.

Tan and Black Pattern

When you ask whether or not tan and black play nicely in a single outfit, consider articles of clothing that pair these two colors. Particularly if you're a little hesitant about pulling your own wardrobe pieces together, adding a top with a black-and-tan pattern takes care of the hard work for you. Think striped or graphic top with black trousers and black flats or pumps. If you have the urge for a little color, have fun with accessorizing -- you can bring in any color to this double-neutral outfit. Try out a coral clutch.

Everything's Black but the Skirt

Focusing on a single piece is a fun and easy way to build an outfit. Find yourself a tan skirt -- think flouncy miniskirt or flowy, gauzy midi. Black and tan work just as well in the warmer months as they do in the winter. Pull on a loose black tank and tuck it into your skirt. Slip into a pair of black wedge sandals or gladiators. Bring in a feminine touch with a little lipstick or a gold arm cuff. Simple and summer-pretty.

Black Dress, Tan Shoes

While black and tan blend seamlessly into outfits with a chic, urban edge, your days turn to night, which means you need something a little sexier for going out. Start your nighttime ensemble like you would any other -- pull on your favorite little black dress. Adding tan is your secret one-two punch; not only will a pair of tan high-heeled sandals or pumps make your legs look extra long, but they also keep all of the emphasis on your dress. Slick your hair back to really showcase your LBD or turn up the heat and wear it down in soft waves.

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