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Is it just me, or does every other girl also wonder why brown is almost always a no-no when it comes to styling? TBH, it’s not that the colour is always a ‘yuck’ inducing sight (sometimes, if worn wrong, not always). It’s that it’s tough to style, so it takes time and effort to throw together an outfit that’s more of a hit than a miss. So rest up, queens, you’re in luck. It’s about time you warm up to brown because I’ve done all the groundwork for you (with a little help from B-Town’s most stylish women, of course). Yes, there are ways to wear the forbidden colour and look like a bar of decadent dark chocolate, rather than a pile of… well, poo. So here goes:
Brown does not always have to be a party pooper if you know what I mean. If you make the right style choices, like Parineeti Chopra here, it can get ‘belgian chocolate’ addictive. A rust coloured tailored kurti with a pair of tapered dhoti pants is a fail-proof combination; wear with heavy chandbalas, bangles and heels for a formal event, or with juttis and antique looking earrings for a relaxed day out.
POPxo recommends: Printed Collared Jumpsuit with Tie-Ups (Rs.1,134) by Desi Weaves
Sonakshi Sinha is giving us all sorts of #OOTDgoals with this layered look. With a colour like brown, layering can do wonders, especially with different shades… but don’t mix more than 2-3 of them either, or it’ll start to look like a mess. Invest in a good chocolate brown pantsuit and you’re gold.
POPxo recommends: Checked Blazer (Rs. 7,990) by Zara
Punit Balana’s Summer Resort 18 collection had a series of looks featuring unexplored shades of brown, and I’m a fan. The showstopper at his LFW show, Diana Penty showed off the theatrics of the tiered berry brown skirt with a twirl - proof that the colour can give you fairytale moments if you wear it right. Plus, brownie points for the checkered crop top and sequin blazer in similar hues.
POPxo recommends: Attention Pleats Champagne Skirt (Rs. 857) by Lulu & Sky
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The trick to styling brown into your look? Playing with co-ordinated prints like stripes and polka dots, and Bollywood’s new entrant Sanya Malhotra knows it. Her fudge-coloured shirt and brown+cream polka skirt took my thoughts on brown from ‘dump’ to ‘dessert’ in a snap. If you’re feeling the outfit, add some more sauce with accessories in shades of tan; take a cue from Sanya’s bucket bag and strappy flats.
POPxo recommends: SHEIN Slit Back Ruffle Hem Polka Dot Skirt (Rs. 512) by Shein
Trust Sonam Kapoor to wear a coffee brown men’s bandhgala and make it look divine. Worn as a cape over a monochrome pairing, it adds a sophisticated edge to an otherwise fairly common look. India’s youngest style icon’s stamp of approval is all you needed. Getting fonder of brown, aren’t we?
POPxo recommends: Brown Textured Long Coat (Rs. 3,640) by Park Avenue
‘Less is more’ isn’t just a saying, it’s an art technique. If you’re looking for ways to wear brown without doing too much, pick something in a royal-like texture or fabric. For instance, the lovely Aditi Rao Hydari pulls off a simple silk shirt and maxi skirt in bronze. The sheen of the fabric is bright enough to make the look shine, isn’t it? Add jhumkas and a statement clutch to work this outfit at a wedding or Sangeet night.
POPxo recommends: Cinnamon Color Embroidered Peplum Top and Lehenga Set (Rs. 30,950) by Rianta’s
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We’re ready to dig into this girl-next-door outfit Athiya Shetty’s so effortlessly working. This is a great way to start if you’re still unsure about brown. You can never go wrong with a brown top and a pair of high waisted denim pants. Accessorise with statement pumps and golden fringe earrings.
POPxo recommends: Frill Trim Crossover Shirred Crop Top (Rs. 706) by Romwe
And on that delicious note, Happy Chocolate Day, y’all! xoxo
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